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Old 02-18-2012, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Heating Guillermo's Cage

Hey guys,

I have a little heat pad but I don't feel comfortable leaving it on all day while I'm gone at class and such.
I need to get a solution for keeping the cage warm and I was thinking this might be a good idea:

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1260 ... 99288469-2

What do you all think?

It's a decently large wire cage so air will move right through it.

Chris
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Old 02-18-2012, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Heating Guillermo's Cage

Do you have a thermometer for the cage? If so, what is the temperature usually?

Heating pads are not recommended as main heat sources, as they do not heat the air. You can easily end up with a sick hedgehog who is constantly moving from somewhere warm to catching a chill out in the open, as the air is still chilly. They are good supplemental heat sources, for sick or the elderly, used in conjunction of CHE setups or space heater setups. (Imagine being the dead of winter, rooms are cold and you are toasty warm in your bed. When you wake up and take off the covers, the air is chilled and you immediately get goosebumps)

As for the heater that you linked, the fan will create a draft. Blowing air, even while warm, can still cause drafts. Oil-filled space heaters seem to be the more popular choice here, such as the others listed from the same site: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...4201P?prdNo=13 and there are many other examples on the same site, you'll definitely need one that has a programable thermostat. Just remember that if you get one that expells air, be sure to have it facing away from the cage.

For many other heating ideas, please take a look at our heating sticky ^_^ https://hedgehogcentral.com/forums/vi...php?f=8&t=4579
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