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I lifted his pvc today and i notice he had wrapped himself entirely in his blanket and stuffed one under himself. Was thinking maby he was cold or is this normal nesting behavior?
I lazer temp his cage ever once in a while and it averages around 75° he is up by the celling to gain all the heat that sits up there. Extremes are 72° to 80°
 

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My hedgies love to stuff their sleeping quarters with as much fleece as possible.
I can put the fleece in another part of the cage and they will always move it back to their sleeping quarters.
 

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I lazer temp his cage ever once in a while and it averages around 75° he is up by the celling to gain all the heat that sits up there. Extremes are 72° to 80°
Every once in awhile? There should be a thermometer at the cage at all times, so you always know what the temperature is. If your cage "averages" around 75, then it's possible that 72 would be enough to trigger a hibernation attempt.

Also, especially now that it's summer, you also have to watch out for estivation attempts, since you say that the temp can go all the way up to 80 as well.

You need to try to regulate the temperature better, and definitely need a thermometer so quickly see what the temp is at all times. For as FiaSpice said, sometimes, just a mere 5 degrees is enough. It might not seem like much to us humans, but it's enough for them.

You should take him out of the cage and feel his tummy. Also, put him down and see if he'll walk and how he is walking. If he is wobbly, or feels cold, you need to warm him up quick. Body heat is the quickest and safest way. Wrap him up in fleece and keep him close to you.

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Now, nesting behavior....

They DO like to burrow, so it's possible that he just burrowed and curled the fleece around himself. Mine burrows a lot in his fleece blankets, even when he's laying in my lap. Only difference then is that he's splat out on my lap more :lol:
 

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Ok, i dont think i explained this very well. I check the temp several times a day, a lazer temp monitor is much more accurate then a plain old thermometer (you push one button its about as quick as you can get). 99% of the time the cage is in this range:, the cage is 74°at night, and it sits at 76° during the day. The maximum it has ever been is 80, and the minimum 72.

He is not wobbly and he is very warm. I was just worried because it was the first time he had completely wrapped his entire body in his blanket; I think he was just getting comfy.
 

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>.<

When you have a thread title with something along the lines of "cold hedgie" and then give a wide temp range makes people antsy :lol:
 

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xD didnt mean to scare anyone, was just wondering if it was normal behavior.
 
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