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Old 10-22-2009, 11:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default heating with plastic bottom cage, unique solution?

Ok so i have a corrugated plastic bottom'ed cage and i need to get Jeffrey a heating pad soon, i cant afford to run the heat this high any more. I was thinking of grabbing a 'under aquarium reptile heating pad' and putting it under a peice of glass under the corrugated plastic. do you think this is still going to be too warm for the plastic / what wattage would be appropriate for this scenario.

(there would be no way for jeffrey to access the glass and it would be rounded so there are no sharp edges.)

I was also considering stuffing a small heating pad between 2 peices of lexan, wrapping it in felt, and throwing it in his nest with him. (lexan has a melting point @ 310 degrees f.)

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Old 10-23-2009, 12:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The problem with a heating pad is that it doesn't heat the air. It may help to have the heating pad under half of the cage, or underneath the igloo, but you'll still need a way to heat the rest of the cage to the correct temperature.
If you can't afford to keep the entire room at the right temperature, the best solution would probably be a ceramic heat emitter. The initial cost of the set up is a bit expensive, but once you have it all, it only costs about as much as keeping a lamp on, and it'll keep Jeffrey's cage to the right temp.
There's more information on CHEs here:
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: heating with plastic bottom cage, unique solution?

Thanks, i thought those might melt the plastic in the cage.
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Default Re: heating with plastic bottom cage, unique solution?

when I started off with my hedgie I got him a reptile heating mat they don't heat the air and make the floor too hot and the area that the heating mat isn't under isn't warm enough so I wouldn't advise using them I have a ceramic heat lamp now with a thermostat
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Default Re: heating with plastic bottom cage, unique solution?

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Thanks, i thought those might melt the plastic in the cage.
If it's hot enough to melt the plastic, it'd be hot enough to cook the hedgie.
So you must have a thermostat along with the setup as well.

And it's a wire top cage right?
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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yup:
http://i41.tinypic.com/b52wk5.jpg

It now has more yellow fluff cloth everywhere. Jeffrey likes to tunnel.
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Default Re: heating with plastic bottom cage, unique solution?

Should put up some plastic along the edge of the pen also.. don't want the little fella getting a leg stuck between the bars.. little cutie!

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