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Old 01-07-2017, 10:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just switched Sonic to fleece liners last night, and I have some questions...

1. Is it ok/normal for him to push the fleece out of the way under his log to sleep on the bare cage? It's plastic.

2. He used to not poop under his log that I could tell (he had really fine wood bedding when he came home), but since the fleece he's pooping more in there (or his wheel) than anywhere else

3. Is a blanket or fleece strips better, or which is he more likely to like for burrowing or digging?

I included a picture of his setup, I'd appreciate any advice!
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Old 01-10-2017, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi! Hope this helps!

1) I think it's fairly normal for hedgie to burrow under stuff...including when they liner dive! LOL. As long as your hedgehog is comfortable!

2) Hedgehogs tend to poop where they want, though some can be litter trained. My hedgehog poops and pees while she's on the wheel, so I keep a litter tray beneath it to catch the worst of it. If you're hedgie is consistently pooping there or under the log...it might just be preference.

3)I have the fleece liner and then a ton of strips in Hazel's igloo to burrow in. Both work great!

4) Do you have a heat set up for your cage? didn't see one pictured, and hedgie's need a constant temp of 75-80 degrees.
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He's got a heating pad underneath his log, he's seemed really happy with it so far.
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Old 01-11-2017, 04:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Although many hedgehogs like heating pads, they generally aren't recommended. Not only can they cause burns, but they also don't heat the air. Unfortunately a heating pad can't keep the cage at a warm enough temperature to prevent hibernation. A CHE (ceramic heat emitting) system is the best way to keep your hedgie warm.
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I would caution against using a heating pad, as they have been known to cause burns on hedgehogs.

The other issue with heating pads is that they do not heat the air temperature, just the surface. Hedgehogs need an air temperature of 75-80 degrees, so most folks use either a space heater, heat the entire house up, or use a CHE bulb set up.

I personally use a 10 inch ceramic heat dome (rated for CHE use), a 150watt CHE bulb (heat bulb that doesn't emit light), and thermostat to keep the temperature even. I also have a separate thermometer which tells me the actual cage temp (78 on the house thermostat doesn't always mean 78 in the cage, as I quickly found out!!!). I found everything for my setup on Amazon and at Petco.

I would highly recommend you switch your heat system to something that heats the air temperature. Also, keep in mind hedgies need 12-14 hours of light every day, whether natural or artificial. I have a desk lamp set near my Hazel's cage, and it's on a $5 timer I bought from Walmart. Works like a charm!

Good luck!
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Another problem with heating pads is that they get too comfortable on them and stop going out to eat, drink and wheel.
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