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Old 02-25-2018, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've had my hedgehog, Marina, since last October. Honestly we weren't very good hedgehog parents for a few months and we didn't start doing much with her until last December. It's been going very smoothly since then though and I think she has bonded quite a bit with me. Today while I was holding her I happened to notice that her skin on her belly was looking much more red than it has been. Its especially red near her butt, and it maybe looks like she has less fur there, but I can't really tell I think it's just because her skin looks more red than normal. I've read on here that she could be too hot. We do have a heating pad under her cage and a heat lamp, I have noticed that she's been pancaking, but I didn't know what it was until I started looking up why her belly was red. So my question is just is she to hot? I'm assuming if she is I should just get rid of the heating pad because it has started to warm up where I live? I don't think it would be an allergic reaction to her bedding because we haven't changed it since we got her, we did just start to switch over to new food though?
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Old 02-25-2018, 09:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would definitely get rid of the heating pad. With heating pads you run the risk of low temp burns since your hog is on it all the time that she's in the cage. Once you take it out, I'll be you'll notice a difference after a few days for her skin to calm down.

Having said that, just make sure that the lamp you have is up to the task. It should be connected to a thermostat with a probe in the cage and you should have a thermometer that also has a probe in the cage so you know the temp range is adequate. You don't want to remove a heat source just to cause a hibernation attempt just because the other wasn't sufficient.
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Ok, I'll remove the heat pad and keep an eye on the temperatures, thank you!!
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