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Hey guys,

I'm a college student and often do a lot of my homework from 5-10pm I like to take my Macy out and put her in her playpen. It's a 5'x9' depending on how you place it. It's a smaller configuration with my layout. I put it on top of a nice fleece with her cuddle cup and a blanket over top, her food and water, a toilet tube, 2 little cat toys and her wheel. I don't include her igloo because I don't want her sleeping the entire time. She still has quite a bit of room to really move around and paces the walls. She doesn't do this in her cage, just the playpen. I've read around and some suggested that if they have a lot of open spaces it causes them to pace. That's why I've filled it so she has a lot to do in it but still has space to walk. Have you guys had any similar situations? What did you do? I don't want to keep her in her cage all day except for our nightly snuggles. I want her to have room to roam around.

Thanks!
Chelsea
 

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Hi Chelsea,

I recently bought a pen for my little guy too and he does the same thing. He just likes to run back and fourth and not really 'play' with much, I think he may be trying to assess if there's a way out. How long have you had the pen for? It may just take time to adjust to it as part of his routine :) that's what I'm hoping at least... I like to try and give him an hour minimum outside of the cage including running in his pen + snuggle time with me.

If I'm not doing anything else, I like to half make my pen and then sit at the open end so he can't escape past me, but so that he can come over to me and socialise if he wants to- not that he ever does, he's often too busy cramming his head into the toilet tube role (typically out of all the nice toys I got him! :lol: )

I think as long as your hedgehog doesn't appear to be 'stressed' then maybe he's just and explorer like mine and hates staying in one place too long.

Sorry if that wasn't a useful answer, but I don't think it's anything to worry about :)
 

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He's probably trying to find a place to hide and sleep. Getting him out at 5 pm is like someone waking you up at 3 am and expecting you to play. You should be giving him somewhere to hide and allow him to sleep if he wants too. Hedgehogs are active later in the night and not usually active that early.
 
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