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Old 04-22-2011, 09:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am completely aware of the dangerous effects of hibernation, and sometimes I'm scared that my hedgie is getting too cold. Currently He has thick cotton socks to burrow into and a heating pad under his tank along with a blanket draping over the sides and top of his tank to keep some warmth in.

I've been reading up on what a hibernating hedgehog looks like. Fredrick lays all spread out on the bottom of his tank, where most of the heat from the heating pad is, as if hes trying to soak up the warmth. He doesn't ball up or anything he just lays all feet spread out. I was wondering if this was a normal hedgehog thing or if I should warm it up a little?
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To be safe, get a better heating system. Heating pads don't warm the air, just the area immediately near it. The time he needs heat the most - night time - is when most homes are usually the coolest.

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Old 04-22-2011, 09:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If he is "splating" he could be too hot or just really content. It usually not recommended to use a heating pad as the main source of heat. You should really look into getting a Ceramic Heat Emitter set up. This way the temperature in the cage will be regulated. Also you should have a digital thermometer in the cage so you know the exact temperature of the cage. Check out this thread on heating your hedgie's cage.

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Also socks are not recommended for hedgies as they can get stuck in them. I hope that I could help.
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Before you invest in a che, when you mentioned "tank" you mean as in a fish tank?

Tanks are not ideal cages for hedgehogs, and combined with ANY sort of heating system, may cause more harm than good due to the lack of ventilation. Tanks are ment to keep moisture and humidity.
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Old 04-23-2011, 02:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Before you invest in a che, when you mentioned "tank" you mean as in a fish tank?

Tanks are not ideal cages for hedgehogs, and combined with ANY sort of heating system, may cause more harm than good due to the lack of ventilation. Tanks are ment to keep moisture and humidity.
Hes in a tank (fish tank) right now, I have a larger regular cage setup that I plan to move him into as either tomorrow or early next week, the tank isn't a permanent home, don't worry!
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If he is "splating" he could be too hot or just really content. It usually not recommended to use a heating pad as the main source of heat. You should really look into getting a Ceramic Heat Emitter set up. This way the temperature in the cage will be regulated. Also you should have a digital thermometer in the cage so you know the exact temperature of the cage. Check out this thread on heating your hedgie's cage.

viewtopic.php?f=8&t=4579

Also socks are not recommended for hedgies as they can get stuck in them. I hope that I could help.
He seems pretty concent, he doesn't seem like he breathes too hard and I pinch his skin constantly to see if hes dehydrated. Im beginning to think he just enjoys laying all splayed out like that.

I just researched a CHE and it seems like the best option. Thankyou, very helpful!
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