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A few question from a new hedgie owner.

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Hello everyone,

I just got Akeno Yesterday as an early christmas present. I've been wanting a hedgehog for quite some time now and finally convinced my mother into allowing me to have one. I bought Akeno at a local pet shop (pets unlimited) and they said he was about 6-9 months of age. I was wondering if him being older would take him longer to get use to me then a younger hedgehog. I have some concerns though. I`m at my sisters house for the holidays and will be returning to my house afterwards and I`m worried that all the travel will be stressful to him,the drive is about 40 minutes. Adding to the fact that for the time that he will be here and trying to adjust to what goes on he`ll have to repete it all over again.
Also, he seems awfully scared.I`ve only seen him move about once since yesterday,and that was when I moved him into his cage.He seemes fine there,I mean he still quills up at any quick movement and loud noises but I expected that to be normal since I`ve just gotten him. Though this morning I went to pick him up and he immidently balled up, so I sat there for at least an hour as quiet and still as I could and half of the time he made some noise. It's hard to describe, like some vibrating,huffy noise. After a little while he would settle down and peak out of his ball for a few seconds just to retreat back in. By that time my neck and back were aching so I set him back in his cage. Even then it was another 10-15 minutes untill he came out of his ball to rush under my shirt and fall asleep.
Will it always be like this or is it just going to take time? I can understand him balling up for the few first seconds or even minutes untill he decided to peak out but a whole hour?
Is there anything I can do to help make him as comfortable as possible? Expecially with the future traveling he will have to do.
Any advice would be greately appreciated, I'm going to try to be as patient as possible,I'm just eager to make buddies with him.
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he shouldn't be going into hibernation unless you are keeping him somewhere cold. if he is warm him imediatly by holding him close to you in a warm room.

I don't have much experience with hedgies trying to hibernate and someone else may have a better answer than I do. But I think that if he's awake for some of the night like you say he is then he can't be going into hibernation.

I imagine he's just sleeping so much becuase he's still pretty young (you said 6 months right?) and he's adjusting to a new environment. The stress of adjustment and the stimulation of all the new smells is probably wearing him out a bit.

Also unless you stay up all night and watch him you can't be sure that he goes back to sleep for the night when he goes to sleep at 11pm he might get up again later. He may also sleep more because there isn't that much to do in his cage. Do you have toys in there for him? does he have a wheel? If he's got stuff to keep him busy he might stay up later.
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