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Old 03-01-2015, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Worried for summer.

My hedgie sleeps in my room, and upstairs we have three bedrooms and the AC is always put in my room so the cold air can go to my brother and sisters room, and they like it REALLY cold. I have a pill house for Gimli with a fleece bag, and a blanket around the bag so he stays nice and warm right now, along with a fleece blanket over his cage. I've been reading about it and they shouldn't be in a environment less than atleast 74 if that, but my brother usually sets my AC to maybe 70-68. Do you thinks he'll be fine with my current set up, I can't put a heating blanket in his cage because it would get gross, I don't know if that's a good reason but Gimli is messy. Any advice?
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should have CHE setup for your little guy. This would consist of a lamp shade, a Ceramic Heat Emmiter, (one that does not give off light) and a thermostat to control the temperature. You always need a thermometer in his cage as well to keep track of temperature as well.

72 degrees is the low end of what some hedgehogs can handle. 75 is great medium to shoot for. You will need something to keep warm. A hedgehog can attempt to hibernate in temps that you are describing. Also remember that while the AC is set to 68-70 the air blowing out is actually a lot cooler that that and drafts are just as dangerous to a hedgehog.
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yes you desperately need a heating unit for your hedgehog! These are things that should have been explained when you got one. Just because a hedgehog isn't actually hibernating doesn't mean it's warm enough. Air conditioning units expel air well below the ambient temperature and a hedgehog should not be near one.

Also why would it be gross, just clean the cage more often.
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Is there any other room in the house that you could put him in that doesn't have AC? like the living room or some other place? If not, I agree that a CHE (ceramic heat emitter) is the best option. You can read about that setup on here....just search for it.
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