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Old 06-15-2013, 06:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Preventing Hibernation

What are some ways that you keep your hedgehogs cage warm?
I know that there are countless topics on here talking about it but I want to know some other ways that you guys keep your hedgehogs cage warm!
I recently moved Oakley to the basement because she was keeping me up at night
I bought her a ceramic heat emitter and I use a hot water bottle covered in fleece to keep her warm.
I was thinking about switching her to bedding as well to help keep her warm.
What are some other ideas that you guys have?

Oakley was born on April 19th, 2013
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Old 06-15-2013, 06:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A hot water bottle is only good if it replaced with hot water every 30 minutes or when it cools down. Otherwise, once the water cools down, it actually has the reverse effect as the coolness sucks the body heat from the animal laying on it.

If the ceramic heat emitter isn't keeping the cage warm enough, then you probably need to use two of them or use a space heater to warm the whole room.
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Fleece is probably still the best thing to use than loose bedding - I'm not sure loose bedding would do any better at warming, and it has more negative effects than fleece. You can put more fleece strips in her igloo or bed for her to snuggle in and stay warm while sleeping. I second Nancy's comments about a second CHE and/or a space heater - I needed to use a space heater plus two CHEs to keep Lily's cage warm enough for her (she was temp-sensitive). You can also wrap fleece around the sides to help hold heat in. If you know there's threads on a subject though, you can just read those - these ideas have all been said in many of them, so there's not much new that would be covered.
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