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Old 10-03-2008, 04:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What I plan on doing is putting a board on top of a stand with a heating pad on top of that folowed by a 120 qt plastic tub with a blanket or two between the plastic and the hedgie. Will that be enough to keep my hedgie warm? I want to try and put the heating pad under just the igloo so Prick (picked him and his name out today) has a warm house.

One breeder said that woud work but I just want a few more opinions. Better safe then sorry.
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Old 10-03-2008, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A heating pad will only heat the area above where the heating pad is and will not provide heat for the whole cage. When hedgie is up and active away from the heating pad he will get cold and go back to the heating pad to warm up. This constant heating and cooling is not healthy for them.
It is recommended that you have something that will heat the whole care environment.

Depending on what temperature you keep your house, a heating pad under a bin might be enough to raise the temperature a degree or two if that is all that is needed. If you keep your house 71F or under, a heating pad will not be adequate.

Try it. Put the heating pad under one end and hang an accurate digital thermometer about 6" from floor level at the opposite side of the cage and see what temperature it is there.
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