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While I was at work my heater shut off. I got home and checked on spike and his belly was cold, he wouldn't unball and he's wabbley now. I got him to unball and I warmed him up. he's on a heating pad now. It's been about 5 minutes. What else should I do and how long do I keep him on the pad. I know he needs to be watched because he may attempt it again but what do I need to do now?
 

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Your house heater shut off? You had a power outage?

He will attempt again during the next week, if you post what heating setup you are using, some of the people here can tell you how to prevent it in the future. Key elements will be to make sure he has his own lighting for extended hours so he doesn't think its winter, and the heat bumped up. He needs to stay consistently warm so he doesn't attempt it again.
 

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I use a space heater with a timer and the timer got turned on somehow so when I got home it was off. I was only gone 4 hours but It's chilly in here. I have the heat back on at 80 at his cage.
 

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Make sure he's eating ok. Usually when they hibernate, their bodies switch to "fasting" mode, so getting food in them after hibernation is good.

If you have something you can heat up(even if you soak some kibble in some warm water) might be a good idea as well.
 

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He's eating great. I put food out while he was on the heating pad and he ate a bit then a little while later I put him back in the cage and he got out on his own and ate. I checked on him about an hour ago and when I started to more his blanket he started to hiccup so I think he's doing better now. I will take him out in the morning to make sure he's warm and responsive. And I will keep an eye on him.
 
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