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Old 11-04-2013, 03:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A little overwhelmed in trying to heat my hedgie

So I think my hedgie is a little cold. She used to come out and play every night but now that winter is coming she is definitely sleeping more and running less. My room is at 73 degrees, so I'm sure her cage is colder, but I'm overwhelmed in what heating method I should use to keep her warm.
Is it better to get a space heater, or a heating pad?
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Old 11-04-2013, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's critical that you get a constant, stable heat source as soon as possible. Sleeping more and running less is not good - she may be attempting hibernation which is fatal if not caught in time. Her cage needs to be between 73-78* at all times.

Heating pads are not ideal because they don't heat the whole cage, so while their feet may be warm, the rest of them is not.

Space heaters are an option, as are CHEs. These threads provide a lot of good info on different heating setups so you can decide which method will work best for you.

https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...implified.html

https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...g-cooling.html

Also, if you haven't already, please read this guidebook. It's free to download and covers most everything you need to know about hedgehog ownership: http://www.westcoasthedgehogs.com/fi...ook/index.html
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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1. Buy a thermostat to control whatever you use for heating. Popular brands are Zilla & ZooMed; buy wattage higher than whatever your heating supply is (500W is usually more than sufficient). This will turn on and off the heating as-needed so that you don't end up baking little hedgehog!

2. Get either 1 or 2 CHEs (with probably 100W or 150W bulbs), or a space heater, depending on cage setup, budget, and personal preference. As Abbys said, heating pad won't work so well.

If you're in the US, everything is pretty easy to acquire. If you're in Canada, thermostats can be a bit hard to track down locally, but you can mail-order from Pets & Pond. No idea about suppliers in other countries.

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I have both a heat pad on all the time in one corner of Hildee's cage and I picked up a sweet space heater that you can set for a specific temp (I have mine at 75) at Walmart for $50. Keeps the room perfect for her and turns off and on as needed so no stress.
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Having the heating pad in only one part of the cage is risky, even with a space heater, because the change in temperature between the extra warm part with the pad and the rest of the cage can cause their body to experience kind of a shock and attempt hibernation. IF you use a heating pad, it should cover the entire cage.
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I decided to get a CHE with the ZooMed thermostat/timer. Now off to buy a digital thermometer!
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