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Old 08-08-2018, 06:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm still in the planning stage of preparing for a hedgehog.

I'm seeing much discussion on heating a habitat and keeping it warm. I believe my problem will be the opposite and that I will have no need for any heating source (no heat lamps or pads, etc).

Please advise me if I am wrong.

We live in the sonoran desert. Temperatures are typically high. Even with our A/C running in the summer (as is it is now) our indoor temperature is at its coolest at night. At night we keep it at 79F. [On our hottest days -- we just had several days at 115 F -- the indoor temps may rise to 85F because our A/C struggles to get it that cool (30 degrees lower than outside)] Right now it's 103 outside and we're at 80 inside (it's mid-afternoon).

In the winter, the nights can dip down, but inside we'll keep it around 76 (possibly 75) at night. Probably warmer during the day.

What do you think? Is cooling going to be more my issue?
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The air temp in the room may differ from the air temp inside the hedgie's cage. The only way to truly be sure if it is warm enough is to get a thermometer for inside the cage.

I don't use a heating set up as of right now but I do have a thermometer in her cage. Her cage reads between upper 70s-low 80s all the time and is actually warmer at night. She had a piece of tile in the corner of her cage for her to lay on when she gets warm. She totally loves it! Things may change in the winter time and I may have to get a heat set up with a thermostat then. Do you know what you would house your hedgie in? I use a plastic storage bin which holds in more heat and it has vent holes drilled in. A more open, wire style cage will retain less heat.

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Thank you for your reply.

I haven't settled on a cage type yet. Some of the answers I'll get from this (and a few other) questions will hopefully help steer me in an appropriate direction.
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Thank you for your reply.

I haven't settled on a cage type yet. Some of the answers I'll get from this (and a few other) questions will hopefully help steer me in an appropriate direction.
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The safest way to ensure temp regulation is to always provide one cool side and one warm side so your hedgie can switch places where it prefers.
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The idea of a "cool" side is what I'm wondering how to provide.
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Those temps aren’t very likely to cause an issue. These animals come from sub-Saharan Africa and are used to a warm climate. Personally I think many people keep them on the colder side. I keep mine between 25-30C.
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Hedgehogs do not need a cool side, where they come from the temperature stays pretty stable so they don't always know to go to the warm side when they're cold. The entire cage needs to be the same temperature.

As Draenog said, those temperatures should be fine, they are desert animals and cold is worse for them than warm.
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Thank you, Draenog and nikki.

That is good news and will make cage set-up more simple.
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