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Old 11-23-2016, 04:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My name is Josh and I am a college student living in an apartment in my college's town. I am very interested in getting a hedgehog but I have some concerns that I would like addressed before I take on this responsibility. I have done plenty of research on standard hedgehog care and I'm confident I can handle everything to make the hedgehog happy in his enclosure. I am however worried about keeping him warm outside of his enclosed. From what I've read, a good temp range is 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit. My roommate won't let me turn the thermostat up past 70 so I've looked into heating lamp/heating pads to maintain a good temperature inside the enclosure (using a thermometer). My real concerns arise when the hedgehog would not be inside his enclosure. If I am holding him in my hands or he's sleeping in my lap would he be warm enough in a 68 degree room under a blanket? Also I'd like to get a large rodent ball that he could explore around in on my floor. I cannot control the temp out in the main lobby area but it's around 70 degrees. Is it dangerous to let his run around in his ball at this temperature? How long could he be in a room that's 70 degrees before I have to worry about a hibernation attempt? I really cannot keep my whole apartment at 75 degrees which means bathing in the bathroom would be around 70 degrees as well. How big of an issue are these problems? Maybe with my situation I cannot support the needs of a hedgehog. What do you think?

Thanks for your time,
Josh
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