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  1. Hibernation
    Hi everyone, I rescued a three-year-old girl over a month ago and everything was going great until she tried to hibernate. She came in her own viv and the heating set up was pretty poor so I go the appropriate heat lamp and thermostat and a quality digital thermometer. There have been 3...
  2. Heating
    Hello hedgie lovers, I have a question for you. I have been thinking about a cheap way to extend my hedgie's living space. My idea is to make a hole at the back of her terrarium so she can move towards an area behind it that is around 1m². The only issue is that the external part will not be...
  3. Hibernation
    Hi everyone, I'm a little worried. When I woke up this morning, I checked my thermostat and it read about 72-73 degrees, and my other thermometer (in the coldest corner of the cage) was reading at 71. I have my thermostat set to 78 degrees default and the bulb turns on once it gets below 77...
  4. General Questions
    So I'm a new hedgehog mommy and I'm a little shocked by how serious hibernation is and how easily they can do it! Her cage is warm; I use a heat lamp and keep it between 72-80 degrees, but I worry about when I take her out to play. I naturally like cool temperatures, so I never turn on the...
  5. Hibernation
    My boy Pete, is now a year and 6 months, his first hibernation attempt was in february. He continued to attempt so I took him to the vet and they said that if he continued they would need to check for tumors. He attempted hibernation at 80°, then 83°, and now I keep his cage at 86°. I have one...
  6. Hibernation
    My three month old girl Sylvia had a hibernation attempt last night. We're not sure what happened, we think it's a combination of her not liking to sleep in her igloo on her heating pad and (maybe) her water spilling all over her and getting her wet. In any case, we warmed her up immediately...
  7. Hibernation
    I'm not sure if this is the right tag to this thread, but I'm worried about my 9 week old male hedgie Baymax. The past week for 3 straight mornings he had a cold stomach which I fixed using a warm rice bag and kept him with me for a bit but this over the past 2 days he activity level has...
  8. Hedgehog Personality and Behaviour
    The other night after a very unexpected temperature dip, I had to bring Tema back from a near hibernation attempt. Luckily, her breeder who is very experienced, talked me through it. I've been monitoring her throughout the week to check if she's okay. She's had a check-up twice since and...
  9. Hibernation
    My hedgie is almost 2 years old and she just experienced her 2nd hibernation attempt 2 weekends ago. About a year ago, my mother in law was taking care of her and didn't realize she got her fleece blanket in her water dish and wrapped it around herself. She was stiff and it took about 30...
  10. Health
    hi everyone, I have only had my Otto for a few months so this is our first winter together. I just went to get him from his cage and noticed that he is feeling cold, and when I put him on the ground to walk around he hardly moves and just wobbles. this is the first time he has done this. he...
  11. Health
    This is going to be a bit long, but I will try to get to the point quickly. I have a 2 year old male hedgehog that was recued 6 months ago. He is pretty feisty as not was worked with very much before. He eats what they told me to feed him: dry cat food, wet cat food, water, and on my own I...
  12. Health
    Hi there, friends! I've looked around on here and can't seem to find a solution to my problem. I've had Luna for just over three months, and she's around 4-ish years old. She is still eating the same food at a normal amount and drinking her same amount of water. I change her bedding every week...
  13. Hibernation
    My baby Cassiopeia is about 5 months old, and she's always been warm when I touch her belly and hold her. Over these past few days, she's started to feel cooler, and even her feet feel cool to touch. I have a thermometer in her cage, and it's always around 75 degrees, so I don't think it would...
  14. Hedgehog Personality and Behaviour
    My hedgehog Quillie is 7 months old and she has always been a very social hedgehog. I've never had an issues picking her up or holding her before and after she had babies. Yesterday I tried picking her up to give her some medicine ( the boys have mites so the vet wanted all 4 of my hedges to...
  15. Health
    Two days ago, I found my girl, Holly, attempting to hibernate. I am new to the hedgehog world and was uneducated about required heating elements, and I feel just terrible. She was curled in a ball, refusing to uncurl (usually she pokes her nose out, sniffs around, then uncurls). I eventually...
  16. Heating
    We have a tendency to lump heat and light together. They are both equally important for the same reasons, we don't like hedgehogs trying to hibernate. Our hedgehogs are not meant to hibernate, it is deadly for them. If a hedgehog bounces back from attempting to hibernate, it faces medical...
  17. Hibernation
    Last night I believe I might have had a hibernation attempt. My smaller hedgehog is typically pretty grumpy and has a hissy fit every time I do anything around the cage and when I go to feed him he always runs out to eat right away. I was out of the country for the last two weeks and only got...
  18. Hibernation
    Hi, I usually go to school during the week and come home on Thursdays and I noticed that my hedgehog's food was still full. My mom and sister usually take care of him and keep his food and water filled while I am gone and I took him out to clip his nails and I noticed he was acting strange...
  19. Hibernation
    so recently my hedgehog, pip, attempted hibernation. i was scared, and i warmed her up right away. she seems fine now, just kind of jumpier than usual? we're currently picking up a thermostat because we are often out of the house, so the temperature probably drops when we're away. does anyone...
  20. Hibernation
    My boy was acting very strange a few minutes ago, and being the worrier I am, I'm worried something's wrong. I got up randomly about an hour ago (4am) and noticed that I hadn't heard Loki out at all and he hadn't touched his food yet. So I got him out toake sure he was okay and he just stood...
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