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Old 12-22-2013, 05:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently got a gorgeous hedgie yesterday, and he ate and drank well. However he seemed to be going to sleep not under the fleece we provided but just on the heat mat by his litter tray and wheel. Because of this my mum said to turn the temperature down to 20C or 68F.
My heat mat takes up half the vivarium, however the sensor is on the other side of the vivarium at the top, like it said to do on the habistat instructions. My mum said because he is sleeping directly on the mat I should put it lower than the recommended 75F/22C, but what temperature should I put it at?
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Heat mats aren't recommended, they can be dangerous (they can overheat and burn the hedgehog - this has happened) and they don't heat the air, like hedgehogs need. They only heat one spot in the cage while the whole cage should be heated. If the heat is in one spot there's the chance the hedgehog won't leave it and stay on the mat.
There are people who use a small heat mat as an extra for older hedgehogs, but if your hedgehog doesn't need that I'd go with CHE's or a space heater to heat the whole room - but that's not always possible, so most people use a CHE. It's a safer option and it heats the whole cage.
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Thank you, I will look into other heating methods
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If you use a heat mat you may want to put the sensor closer, the heatmat can easily get to 105*F but the air won't get anywhere near that so you're best putting the sensor where the hedgie is that way it won't get too hot.
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