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Old 07-30-2013, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default heating pads vs. the other types of heating for a modified sterilite bin cage

hello, i was wondering about fire hazards with heating recently. the cage that i have for my soon-to-be hedgehog is a modified sterilite bin with part of the top cut out and covered with mesh so as to not be too breezy and let out all heat, but not to suffocate and/or cook him. i've read all of the stuff about space heaters and ceramic heat emitters and i'm in a bit of a bind with it.

what i'm wondering is if i could use a really nice heating pad underneath most (but not all of course) of the cage floor? i think the ceramic heat emitter might melt the plastic it would be clipped to, and when it gets colder (it's really hot right now) i will be buying a space heater anyway.

if i had fabric strips and a fleece liner for the bottom of the cage, and the heating pad underneath, would that be a safe and reliable way to keep the hedgie warm without cooking it accidentally or starting a fire and the like? since it's a plastic bin and not a wire or mesh cage, i think it would trap a good amount of the heat and i would still get an electronic thermostat for the cage. is this an okay idea? or no?
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Heating pads aren't a good choice for any cage setup because:

1. They can burn the hedgehog
2. They don't heat the entire cage area, so the sudden temperature change when the hedgehog leaves the heating pad can cause them to go into hibernation.

Also, if you have it under a fleece layer under the plastic bin, it definitely won't get hot enough.

I have two 10" CHEs with 100W bulbs and I have them sitting directly on the wire top of the cage and it's just fine. The bulbs are deep enough in the lamp that it doesn't directly touch the cage. You could also hang the lights right above the bin.
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i don't have a wire cage, though. i'm worried that the clamps might melt the plastic, or that it will tip over and again melt the plastic or something around it. what if i had two heating pads, ones that were designed for animals such as hedgehogs so that they wouldn't go above a certain temperature?

i looked in the product reviews here and they have ones like that...like this one http://cozywinters.com/shop/kh-1060.html

i really like using the sterilite bin as a cage, it's worked fantastically so far and my last hedgie did just fine in it and it's super easy to clean, so i really don't want to change cages >.<

i also wonder if id be able to have this sort of heating pad on the INSIDE of the cage under the fleece lining since it's waterproof, chew proof and meant to be directly sat on (as it caps off at a certain temperature specially for animals like hedgehogs)
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i don't have a wire cage, though. i'm worried that the clamps might melt the plastic, or that it will tip over and again melt the plastic or something around it. what if i had two heating pads, ones that were designed for animals such as hedgehogs so that they wouldn't go above a certain temperature?

i looked in the product reviews here and they have ones like that...like this one http://cozywinters.com/shop/kh-1060.html

i really like using the sterilite bin as a cage, it's worked fantastically so far and my last hedgie did just fine in it and it's super easy to clean, so i really don't want to change cages >.<

i also wonder if id be able to have this sort of heating pad on the INSIDE of the cage under the fleece lining since it's waterproof, chew proof and meant to be directly sat on (as it caps off at a certain temperature specially for animals like hedgehogs)
I'd really advise against getting heating pads. You just never know how safe they can be- they just aren't worth risking your hedgies safety. I agree that CHEs might not be such a good idea for sterelite bins. The only thing I can think of that would work well is a space heater with thermostat.

It's basically up to you to decide if you want a wire/c&c cage + CHE or sterelite + space heater. CHE would take up less electricity if you're worried about that.
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I've read mixed reviews on the K&H small animal heating pad, some really did love it, some said it didn't heat enough, others said it was too hot. Maybe inconsistent product? I saw a couple people say that they used it in a sterilite bin with no issues, but still you'd need to keep the room at at least 75F since it doesn't heat the whole cage. I decided not to do the heating pad, because I didn't want to risk it.

There are 151 reviews here, so maybe that will help.
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You can make a heat lamp with CHE work in a sterilite bin, you just need to modify the top to have metal grate of some sort to be completely safe, or you could clamp it up above, but I don't trust that.

I'm going to modify my sterilite bin to have a heat lamp and CHE, but first I'm going to hit up home depot to look for a good metal grate option for the top of the cage. I'm thinking maybe one of those metal build a shelf pieces that are available in different sizes.

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