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~~hedgehog lying on her side. looks funny~~

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Hello HedgehogCentral,

So my hedgehog has been lying on her side recently, and isn't as responsive as before and is not acting normally. Could it be the change in weather? or any common reasons why this may be happening? she is about 6 months old.

thank you

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Aside from the cage being a glass aquarium it looks like it is WAY too tiny. The igloo also looks too small for your hedgehog. Hedgehogs need at least 2 square feet of space in order to fit their hiding place, their wheel, and their food and water dishes. If you use an aquarium, which I and most everyone on the site don't recommend, then it needs to be about 30 gallons in order to be big enough. You are better off using a 126qt. Sterilite plastic bin from Wal-Mart. It costs about $8 and can be modified to include vents and air holes. Some people even link 2 or three plastic tubs with dryer vents or 4" pvc pipes. Or if you aren't a DIY person then I suggest buying a guinea pig or rabbit size cage from a pet store as long as it has a solid bottom. Something like this works well and is large enough to accommodate a proper size wheel. http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753290&lmdn=Pet+Type
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