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Old 03-04-2013, 02:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok so im thinking of replacing twiggy's reptile UTH with a pet one. But im not sure if it could be listed as ok.
This is not her main source of heat but I am adding a second level to her cage and the CHE heat might not reach down to the main level. So this will help to keep the main level heated.


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Old 03-04-2013, 02:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This is smaller and long in length and is 6 watts


Then this one is larger and "pee" proof ( well they both are.

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Old 03-04-2013, 04:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I discourage the use of heatpads, just because they are notorious for shorting out and severely burning animals, especially if the animals decide to nap on it. Just this winter a breeder lost one of her babies because the heating pad in his cage shorted and burned his legs, stomach, and nether bits so severely that he didn't survive. I would probably just invest in a second CHE for the upper level!
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Old 03-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That is so scary, thanks for telling me. Anybody else have any input? Meanwhile I will take out the uth and get another CHE.

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I only recommend using heating pads for older or sick hedgies that need just a bit of extra heat, not for long term.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:37 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I personally would never trust a heating pad. Heard of too many horror stories of pets burning. I do own two snaggle safe heat pads that I use only when the temperatures are freezing outside and as a back up. Our furnace went out for a weekend and I had a ceramic floor heater going and placed a snuggle safe on top of Percy's cage above his snuggle sac, and one at the other end of his cage above his play area. Between the two, it kept his cage nice a cozy, but I'd never trust it inside his cage with him. I've heard they can leak too so I am always home when I do this.
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I agree with Nikki - I've only used one with Lily when she was starting to get sick and having trouble keeping a toasty belly when sleeping, even with her usual temperature of cage. This is the one I used for her - http://cozywinters.com/shop/kh-1060.html I really like it a lot. It's thermostat-set to a pre-determined temperature (I think 102* or something like that) so it won't get too hot, it's water-proof, the cord is chew-proof...It worked well for what I used it for - underneath Lily's cage, under her igloo, so it could keep her warm when she was sleeping. I stopped having issues with her waking up with a cool belly after I got it & started using it. However, it definitely isn't big enough and doesn't get warm enough to really do much in the way of heating a level, especially the air. I think a heating pad that did that would pose a definite risk in getting too hot or posing a fire hazard, so I agree with the other posts. Just wanted to share the heating pad that I have & how well it worked for me!
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thank you everyone for your input. My cage is sort of an awkward size though so im not sure how I am going to keep the whole thing toasty warm. The cage is next to radiator, has the CHE ontop of the cage and hss blankets wraped around it snd still I cannot seem to keep a constant temp of 73 or higher. I cannot get or use a space heater either so im running out of options.


Well this is it, except for the CHE and blankets over it. Maybe I could have the other CHE pointed in from the side.

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