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Old 01-04-2019, 09:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Best heating option for wire cage with plastic tub bottom?

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Recently got my new friend settled in a rabbit cage with play pen but Im not sure the best way to heat it. The sides and top are wire frame and the bottom is a plastic tub. I went to PetSmart last night to look at their heating options but there were very few available. Can someone recommend a heating setup for me with amazon links? My wife and I like to sleep in 68* temps but have kept the house at 75* at night since we brought our friend home which is torture for us.
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Old 01-04-2019, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Petmats with a thermostate sometimes work but they only heat part of the cage, ot you can get a dome che set up, and just sit it on the bars, but you have to have the thermostate temp set higher than needed because a lot of the heat gets lost in the air of the room, unless put something like fleece or a blanket over the bars on the sides to keep the heat in better

You'll need a 50watt or a 100watt ceramic heat bulb that produces no light. So the dome holder will need to be able to use one of these, 100watt is better.
You'll also need a puls thermostat.

I would give you links but I didnt get it off amazon, I got it from a uk online reptile shop as a full set up.
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Before I moved into my house I used a heat lamp set up for my hedgie. (Now I just use it as backup just in case my power goes out)

I switched out the ceramic bulbs depending on the season. In the spring (in DC) I used a 75W bulb & in the winter I used a 100W or 150W bulb. I also lined her cage with extra fleece in some areas.

You can get what you need from petco, petsmart, amazon or any combo of these places.

I use a heat lamp, infrared basking bulbs, a thermostat & digital thermometer. I set my lamp at an angle so it can cover more surface area. I do make sure there’s an area of the cage that’s not heated just in case she gets hot. But the thermostat is set to 80F so it cuts the lamp off if the cage gets too much warmer & cuts it back on if the temp drops below 80F.

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