Stella, May I know how was the snow?

2:31 PM Stella May 0 Comments

Of course you may! This year's snow came early with winter storm Jonas. As I told you last Fiddle-Faddle Friday, we stayed in all day. However we did venture to the front lawn when it finally snowed at 9:30pm. It only snowed 0.5 inches. That may be nothing to you northerners, but I have found out that any amount of snow will cause the Atlanta to just shut down. No one was on the streets and stores ran out of milk, eggs, and bread. Thankfully we already had enough meals planned for the day and we didn't need to go out and brace the crowds. We just had to stay warm, but not until we got to play in the snow and take some pictures!
Snow barely sticking on branches
This is me in my robe. I immediately called for Mister to come out when it finally started to snow. 
The most snow was accumulated on the car. Yes, I am still in my robe. 
I then changed into a proper coat and brushed my hair and then it starts to rain. 
Snow-capped lights.
Total snow on our front lawn. 
Popcorn experiencing his first snow. It was a brief few seconds, but it seemed like he did enjoy it!
As I have mentioned on this blog before, domesticated hedgehog mostly originate from Africa and so they are not built for such cold weather. If hedgies get too cold, they will hibernate. Now the European hedgehogs are built to withstand the cold, so if you know that you hedgie has been crossbred with our European friends, then your hedgehog might know what to do. However it's still dangerous to let your hedgehog hibernate since they have not been preparing to do so. Hibernation causes their metabolic rate to go up and decreased oxygen to their brains. If they stay in hibernation for too long, without being prepared, they can suffer serious brain damage and might not be able to come out of hibernation. They need stores of fat to survive hibernation and their cat food based diet they have is high in protein and low in fat. It's best to keep your hedgehog above 75°F. Some signs that your spiky ball is going into hibernation: unable to curl into a ball, cool tummy, and wobbliness. If they start doing any of those things you should start warming him up. Try skin-on-skin contact, pet-safe heating pad, or a warmed hot water bottle.
Remember to keep your pets safe and warm this winter!

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