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Old 12-05-2012, 02:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
Got Rupert some new heating today as I've had him on a heatmat the last week and I was worried it wasn't going to be sufficient in the coming months. So I went with a ceramic heat emitter & lamp ontop of the metal grating of his zoo zone 2.
I've set it up tonight and at the moment the my thermometers reading 23 (72). I know alot of peope on here say they have theirs at about 74 but I'm also worried about cooking him! I've put the lamp just right of the centre of the cage, so it's not directly above his bed but very close. He's been out a couple of times since and did also do some strange pulling of his blanket as if he wanted to remove it from his little igloo, but now he's gone back to sleep. Do you think it's okay at 23? I'm worried about it being too hot but also worried if it's not warm enough. Paranoid new mummy!
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You must have a thermostat to control the temperature. Otherwise, it will get too hot as the CHE won't ever turn off.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've got it on a thermostat
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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As long as you've got a thermostat regulating your CHE and a thermometer to make sure everything's okay, don't worry about cooking your hedgie lol. When I got my CHE, I was excruciatingly worried for the first couple of days, but my thermostat is great and ensures the temperature is always between 74-77 degrees. If the temperature of my CHE reaches 78 degrees, my thermostat immediately lowers the temp. My baby is fine and dandy and I check the thermometer numerous times a day to be certain everything is working fine. If you're already doing these things, you should up the temp. just a bit (to about 74-76); 72 degrees is a bit cold for my hedgie, maybe yours is different, though
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks for your reply! ive relaxed a bit now lol as its working well and Rupert doesnt seem bothered by the new arrangements! ive put it at 74 now, although he is fine with 72- hardcore northern hedgie lol
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:39 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Isn't it funny how we fuss over our babies? We're all so paranoid we're going to cook them, or they're going to get stuck, or fall out of their wheel or SOMETHING. I do the same thing! I'm sure Prim hated me when we had our first "cold snap" (in Texas that means it was like ... 55F outside lol). I would lift her blanket to make sure she wasn't hibernating and was still alive oh the things we moms do haha

Glad you got your lamp set up and are able to relax a little now
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haha i know! i admit i did abit of blanket lifting this morning to make sure all was well after the first night under the CHE. his lordship huffed his disapproval!
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