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freda 07-17-2009 02:37 PM

Cooling the cage
Yet another question!

I saw in Reaper's sticky that for emergency cooling you can put ice packs on the cage, but the hottest days of summer up in MA are coming around. I measured the temp in the cage today and it was about 85. (Note: it is in a temporary place, partly in the sun for now) Regardless, that's already probably too hot and I think it will get much hotter until probably about Sept. My apartment has no AC, and I can't use a fan (at least in the direction of Gordon's cage) because of the draft... so I'm wondering, is there any way to keep the temperature of the cage a little lower?

hedgielover 07-17-2009 04:32 PM

Re: Cooling the cage
I'm having the same problem right now although I'm sure it won't get above 85 F where I am in Ontario.

We have had some really warm days though. All I've done is make sure the cage is well ventilated, really stayed on top of changing food and water so that it wouldn't go bad (goes bad faster in warm weather) and given him time to relax in the bathroom (it's cooler on the tile floor).

Chinchi 07-17-2009 08:49 PM

Re: Cooling the cage
You could try making a cooling house.
http://chinchillabladet.dk/index.php?pa ... olesovehus
The idea is to place a cooling element on the net.
You close the top, and then the animal can't get to the cooling element.
Because cool air "falls down", the house will be cool. This way the hedgie can go in there, if it feels to hot.

Originally this is made by one of my friends, for chinchillas. I should work for other small critters though :)

Another method used for chins (in scandinavia, not sure about other places), is this: http://deedee.dk/img.php?file=gallery/2 ... 061105.jpg
(sorry about the link, can't get the img-code to work)

These things are made out of clay. Originally they are used as dranes in houses. Some use them to stock wine, so if you look around, there is a good chance of finding these.
Because of the material they are made out of, they are very cool if not placed in direct sunlight.
If you want them to cool even more, just soak them in water.
Chinchillas up to about 700 grams can get into these, so I guess a pygmy hedgie can get into one as well.
Just place them on the floor in the cage, and they are also fun to run trough :)

freda 07-18-2009 02:10 AM

Re: Cooling the cage
I'll look into both things you mentioned in more depth tomorrow (it's 1am and I am exhausted!!) but the image for the second cooling option is broken, so I don't know what it is :(

Thanks for the suggestions, I'm hoping to be able to do something cost effective since getting a cage, liners, a million accessories from Nancy, a CWS, a headcrab plushie etc. etc. has taken a lot out of my wallet :lol:

Chinchi 07-18-2009 08:48 AM

Re: Cooling the cage

Link to the site where the image is... You should be able to see it now :)

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