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Old 10-11-2011, 11:44 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Getting a hedgehog on Sunday?

Originally Posted by elishax
I She said she bought a sleeping bag for him on Ebay and he loves it, do I still need something to produce heat? What can I use and where should I place it?
You ABSOLUTELY still need to do something to produce extra heat. There are a few options for this, depending on your personal preferences and what works best for you in your situation. Many people simply heat their entire house to keep their hedgie warm, but I'm sure this can get expensive and could be potentially uncomfortable for some of the humans in the house. Others choose to heat just the room their hedgie is in by buying a space heater with a thermostat. I've found that most people on this website use ceramic heat emitters (CHEs), because they last for a long time and only heat the hedgehog's cage.
Here's an example of a CHE (you buy a bulb and a lamp):
http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-ReptiCare ... 630&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.com/Zoo-Med-Deluxe-Po ... lies_img_b

Both the space heater and the CHE need to be thermostatically controlled. Most higher end space heaters have a thermostat setting, but if you go with the CHE option you will need to buy a separate thermostat like this one:
http://www.amazon.com/R-Zilla-11939-Tem ... 601&sr=8-1
A thermostat/temperature controller is really important to have. The one I linked has a temperature probe that goes in the cage. When the temperature drops below what you have set it at, it turns the bulb on. When the temperature goes above what you have it set at, it shuts the bulb off. This way the temperature in the cage stays relatively steady.

Generally, heating elements are the most expensive thing you will buy for your hedgehog, but they're definitely necessary. Regardless of which heat source you end up choosing, you also need to make sure that you have some sort of thermometer set up in your hedgie's cage just to verify that everything is working right. I have this one zip tied to Felix's cage and I usually check it once a day:
http://www.amazon.com/Coralife-Zilla-Di ... 817&sr=1-3

Hope this helps!

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