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Old 05-25-2011, 03:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hi my hedgie cage (according to my thermometer) gets arely cold at 22 degree's being its very coolest but it usually ranges from 23 to 25 degree's and my hous emustbe pretty warm becaus ethis is without a heating system! On particulararly cool nights i use the snuggle safe heat pad/disc. You put it in teh microwave and lasts up to twelve hours. i do this in the evenings if i know its gonna be a little cold. do you think this is a good heating system? it comes with a washable fleece cover so i put it actually in his cage. Its not very big, just under 8 and a hal inches but he seems comfortable and his cage (as i said) is usually teh right temp. but i've been told on a different forum its an inadequate heating system. I cant find the post anymore so i cant find out exactly why but i just wante dsome one elses opinion as i have been worrying. also can a hedgehog survive without being taken out for lets say two or three days? i mgoing on holiday and a good friend of hours who lives nearby is coming in every day to check on him and fill his food dish etc. Im unsure she'll be able totake him out or atleast very rarely because she has a busy lifestyle and i dont want to make it seem like some burden she's stuck with for a week. we're going away for seven days and ive asked her son to take him out to play at least once, thanks
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to say, but it's not really adequate heating. You need to make sure that the air temperature is always warm enough, and a Snuggle Safe disc doesn't warm the air. 22 degrees can still be too cool for some hedgehogs, and many people on here suggest to keep it at least 73 degrees. It does depend a bit on the hedgehog, as some like it cooler, but it's best to be safe. The best options for making sure the air is staying warm is a space heater (which would heat the whole room), or a CHE (ceramic heat emitter, looks like a lamp, but only puts out heat, and will only heat the cage). This thread is great for heating information - viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4579

For your other question, as long as they know that he's been out and moving around (the wheel looks used, food is eaten, etc.) and see no signs of any issues (like blood on the wheel/liner), I think it'd be fine if they don't physically take him out. Hedgies do pretty well being left alone, and cuddling is usually more for the owner than for the hedgie. Food, water, and heat are the most important things to keep an eye on. Also, depending on how old her son is and how responsible, I'd be careful asking him to take the hedgehog out to play. If he's younger and/or hasn't held the hedgehog before, he may not be prepared for the quills or for a ball of huffiness, and could accidentally drop him. But then, you know him and I don't. Just a word of caution!
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for the advide, her son is thirteen years old and adores my hedgehog, he is very responsible and often looks after pets whilst we are away (but we got Rufus the hedgehog this year and im unsure how to leave him whilst im on holiday) Im afraid i am going on holiday in two days and do not have time to buy him a new heating system ...i told him and his mother that 20 degrees is certainly too low in temp and should be higher then 22 degree's, i gave instructions and have written them on a word doc. infact everythings fine but the temp. Im just hoping he hasnt got too acustomed too warmth, becasue i think the reason he can survive in cooler temps then most hogs is because his breeder had a FREEZING house and no heating gear. because of this i kept him with no heating system for several months and he seemed fine until i found online he should have something t owarm him. Im trying to comfort myself with this imfo. I will certainly look into buying a heat lamp when i get back from holiday. I agree with everything you have adviced me and i will look into it, thanks
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