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03-25-2012 12:29 AM
Re: new hedggie question

What Christemo said. I thought Einstein was fine in a heated room until I got my digital thermometer Go to your local pet store and see if they have a CHE lamp or if they can get it in. The red heating bulb can be sufficient until you get a CHE, although your hedgie may not like constant light and it could disrupt his play time.

As for the grumpiness, he's probably a baby and still getting acclimated with the new environment. Loud noises, constantly being held during the day and other things can factor into grumpiness. What kind of wheel do you have for him? Is he getting enough exercise? Given that most hedgies are sold at 6 weeks old and you've had him for 2 weeks, he's probably quilling. I've been told its like going through the terrible twos and teething at the same time. A warm bath (check the water with your wrist like you would with a baby) with Aveeno Oatmeal baby wash will help soothe the quills.
03-24-2012 07:18 PM
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Your hedgehog could be in a drafty place and not actually getting the 75 degrees of the room. That's the measurement from the thermostat in the room, not from the level of his cage. Her temperature could be drastically lower if he's in a draft. I would highly suggest getting a separate heat set up for the cage.
03-24-2012 06:48 PM
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the temp of the room why
03-24-2012 06:42 PM
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Do you have a heating element or is that the temperature of the room?
03-24-2012 06:32 PM
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03-24-2012 06:12 PM
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As far as the grumpiness and hiding, and if you don't know his age, then it could be quilling related. If he's sleeping more, though, that could be normal or not. What temperature is his cage at? And do you have him on a light schedule? Sometimes sleeping more and being less active can be signs of being too cool.
03-24-2012 05:57 PM
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not sure how old he is pet store couldnt tell me
03-24-2012 05:55 PM
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he also hides more
03-24-2012 05:54 PM
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hes been alot more grumpy and sleeps more
03-24-2012 05:22 PM
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Acting different isn't quite descriptive enough...How is he different? Is he grumpier? Does he hide more? Is he sleepier? Less active? If you give us some more details, we'll be able to help more. Is he still eating and drinking the same amount? And yes, how old is he?
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