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04-22-2012 10:36 AM
stringmouse
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

I'm glad he has settled in! It can be a weird adjustment for both hedgehog and human and sometimes you just have to work out the kinks. But it sounds like you guys are off to a great start.
04-22-2012 03:03 AM
Kyra Darkblood
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

I've changed his lighting and he seems much better now! The computer doesn't bother him, I don't think - he wheels a lot with it on!

Seems like he was just being silly. He eats now, and I hear him drinking <3 Thank you all~
04-18-2012 01:21 AM
Immortalia
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

Heh, you'll notice all the quirks the longer you have him. (stalker pet-parent syndrome)
When I kept mine in my room, I would cover parts of his cage(that was facing me or the computer) with a bedsheet, to block off excess light. He wasn't bothered by whatever leftover light there was, and he'd still come out, while I was on the computer.

Try offering him some kibble now to see if he'll eat while you're holding him. Then make note of how much he ate in the morning.
04-18-2012 01:17 AM
Kyra Darkblood
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

I'm definitely going to change his lighting, and see if the computer light bothers him. If it is, I can see about moving him. Trying to find the best option for him!

I free feed him at the moment. Right now, there are exactly 70 pieces in there though, which I will check against in the morning

Thank you everyone for your input, I'll be sure to keep everyone up to date!
04-18-2012 01:13 AM
moxieberry
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

I agree that the light schedule could be related. Regardless of when exactly the light goes on and off, hedgehogs, like humans and other animals, have a sort of "biological clock". This is especially going to be true since you just got him, and I assume he was on a more normal light schedule before you brought him home. If his internal clock is telling him to go back to sleep around 6am or so, for example, but the light being on prevents him from coming out until 2am, that light schedule is really limiting the amount of "awake" time he has. So, changing the light schedule is a good idea. Computer lights will sometimes bother them, but a dim computer light isn't as bad as having the whole room lit. If it seems to be a problem, you could move the cage to a different room.

How much food do you put in the bowl every day? They should be free fed, which really means having a little more available than they tend to actually eat. Adults eat 1-2 tablespoons and babies will generally eat 2 or more.
04-18-2012 01:09 AM
Kyra Darkblood
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

I've never weighed his kibble since I've only had him two days :> So I don't know how much he normally eats, either. I do feed him the same food from the breeder.

I don't actually know when his wake schedule is! How do you find these things out? Just note carefully when he wakes up?

I've decided to do the same thing you do, I'm going to turn on the room light and open the windows at around 8:30 AM, and I will be sure to turn off the room light at 9:00 PM. There will be mild lights from the computers in here, but they hardly produce any light. Do you think this will be an issue? The original light schedule was so that the computer lights would be on when the room light was so as to not bug him

Right now he's cuddled on my chest. His belly doesn't seem cold, which is good!
04-18-2012 01:03 AM
Immortalia
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

Count his kibble for the night and make sure he is actually eating. Have you counted/weighed his kibble prior to this? Do you know how much he normally eats? If not, start now, you must make sure he is eating. If he hasn't eaten much by tomorrow, syringe feed, and call the vet and ask for advice. What food are you feeding? Same as before you bought him? Did you try putting food in front of him to see if he'll eat?

I know that 2-2 is 12 hours, however, they tend to naturally go to bed earlier, at around 5-7am. so with lights out being at 2am, it's possible that your boy may only be awake for 2-5 hours before having to hide again. Unless, like I said above, you know for a fact that he stays up longer.
When I had my boy in my bedroom, lights off at 9pm, he'd wake at 9:30, go back to nap at 11pm, wake again at 2am and he goes all night till about 5am, sometimes 6am. So the problem would be... what if your boy wakes up at around 2:30am, and goes to bed at 5. That's less than 3 hours of "awake" time. And especially now, even without seeing the sun, those birds in the morning are loud lol Many things to signify morning.
04-18-2012 12:53 AM
Kyra Darkblood
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

8 - 9 is 11 hours though - and 2-2 is 12 - are you saying it's dark time is short because some light is getting in through the windows?
04-18-2012 12:51 AM
Kyra Darkblood
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

He seems to be walking a little - just put his water dish on him and he took a few sips.

I placed him on my desk and he seems to want to eat ALL the things xD. He's nibbling on my laser pointer.

I should have mentioned, he is quilling, so I know he's gonna be a little sad.
04-18-2012 12:44 AM
Immortalia
Re: New hedgehog acting a bit strange

Lights out at 2am may be cutting things a bit short. My boy usually goes to bed at around 6am, whether or not there's light out. And his light turns on at 8am and off at 9pm. Many times, when I wake up for kennel duty at 5am, it's still pitch dark and when I peek into his room, he's already in bed. So essentially, your hedgie only has from 2am to around 6-7am. Unless you know for a fact that he stays up until later?
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