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02-22-2020 10:33 AM
belties The amount of light at night could be an issue . Our little one would not wheel on nights with a full moon untill we put a heavy sheet over the window to make it super dark. Evan the little stand by lights on electronics seems to bother her so we covered them with black tape.
02-21-2020 10:47 AM
e.pickerd
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Try putting food or treats on the wheel to encourage him to hop on it.

This was a good suggestion! Last night I began placing his food pellets on his wheel, and I think I will keep doing this so he gets used to the wheel.
02-21-2020 10:46 AM
e.pickerd
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Originally Posted by Kalandra View Post
Other than not wheeling, I got the impression he's not very active normally? If that is the case, some things you can also consider (not necessarily anything that will fix the issue, but throwing them out here in case something pops).... Do you find evidence that he is exploring his cage at night? What is your lighting setup for him? What is the temperature of his cage? How dark is the room he lives in at night?

I ask these as sometimes we find that a temperature issue can cause them to not be as active. Perhaps its good enough to not cause hibernation attempts but still too low. Or it could be too high (depending on where you live).


Lighting can cause issues too. Not enough light during the day, or even too much light during the evening hours. I once had one that stopped running due to a night light that was on at the far end of the house. It didn't light up the room she was in other than casting some light in the hallway.

I know he travels around the cage at night due to where he is when I check on him in the morning, new poop in the corner he always goes to the bathroom in, and his food dragged around. Right now I do not have a heating lamp since I keep my thermostat at 75/76; however, I just purchased one to see if it makes a difference! I had just been under the assumption that since the house was well within the range suggested, that he wouldn't really need one. Maybe the heating lamp will make a difference for him.


As for lighting, he is near a window so he gets indirect light during the day and no light at night (we close the blinds in that room at night).


Thanks for the input! I am excited to see if maybe this heat lamp will make a difference for him. I do believe he likes it on the toastier side.
02-19-2020 03:11 PM
Brooke2Lancelot Well, I’m glad to know my hog is confident then 😅.
I haven’t had any trouble with him when it comes to behavioural things. (Except the biting.)
02-19-2020 01:58 PM
Kalandra
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Goodness, you’ve had some of the most pickiest hogs I’ve ever heard of 😂 @Kalandra

In a way yes, and while it seems picky, it can be simply an insecurity issue. Keep in mind that I mostly just take in rescues and sometimes they don't come from the best of environments.

And while I don't know that any of my thoughts about will help, it may be good to think about at least. Sometimes you have to look at the little things to figure out what makes them secure in their environment.
02-19-2020 01:24 PM
Brooke2Lancelot Goodness, you’ve had some of the most pickiest hogs I’ve ever heard of 😂 @Kalandra
02-19-2020 12:10 PM
Kalandra Other than not wheeling, I got the impression he's not very active normally? If that is the case, some things you can also consider (not necessarily anything that will fix the issue, but throwing them out here in case something pops).... Do you find evidence that he is exploring his cage at night? What is your lighting setup for him? What is the temperature of his cage? How dark is the room he lives in at night?

I ask these as sometimes we find that a temperature issue can cause them to not be as active. Perhaps its good enough to not cause hibernation attempts but still too low. Or it could be too high (depending on where you live).


Lighting can cause issues too. Not enough light during the day, or even too much light during the evening hours. I once had one that stopped running due to a night light that was on at the far end of the house. It didn't light up the room she was in other than casting some light in the hallway.
02-19-2020 08:14 AM
belties Try putting food or treats on the wheel to encourage him to hop on it.
02-18-2020 03:52 PM
e.pickerd
Won't Use Wheel

Hi Everyone!

I am new to the group, and fairly new to owning a hedgehog! I got Norman four months ago, and he is currently nine months old. When I first got him, I made sure he had a large exercise wheel in his enclosure; however, he never uses it. The wheel has two little holes on the backside, and I monitor their position to see if they move.

About a month into having Norman, I started to grow worried that he was not active enough. I tried to show him how to use the wheel by spinning it without him on it and simply placing him on it. He wanted nothing to do with it, so I eventually gave up.

Should I be concerned he does not use it? He has a decent sized enclose he could run around (4 ft x 2.5 ft); though, he never seems to do anything other than sleep, poop, and eat.

I am wondering if anyone else has a very low energy/ inactive hedgehog! Upon visiting his veterinarian, all was reported well at 7 months.

I appreciate any input! Thank you!

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