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Old 06-26-2011, 01:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm having some friends over for a few days and I was wondering is there any risk if I put a bed liner (the thing one) over a C&C set? Does anyone there be any risk of fire from the CHE or 12 hour lamp. The CHE is pointing down, but since heat rises, I am not too sure. Also would this be hazardous to the hedgehog's health? I'm just trying to neaten up my room and Mocha has been grumpy the past few days so I don't want my friends being bitten when I'm not around.

Something like the following (the back is not covered for air flow)



Thanks! (the bed liner will remain off until I get opinions)
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most definitely that is a fire hazard. There should be nothing fabric or combustible within about 2 feet above an emitter and even then, you must make certain nothing can blow near the emitter. Those CHE's get really hot and even a normal light bulb would be a fire hazard in the type of set up you have shown.

Your friends are not going to get bitten unless they stick their hands in his cage. Tell them he will bite or they will get pricked if they bother him.

I'll be honest of my opinion of things. My pets are part of my family and if someone/anyone comes into my house and doesn't like something that is set up for my pets then tough $%&@. I don't change things because someone is coming. Don't worry about what the cage looks like. As long as the liner and wheel is clean that is the only worry you should have. If you want to dress up the cage a bit, go to the dollar store and buy some fake flowers and wrap around the top edge of the cage.

I'm sure your friends will be fine with it.
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:50 PM   #3 (permalink)
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fake flowers around the cage would be adorable,.. i want to do so myself eventually

and i totally agree with Nancy! they shouldnt be trying to mess with your hedgie without you there anyhow in my opinion. and if they dont like the looks of it then too bad but if its a matter of you being worried they may bother the hedgie when you are not there, maybe lock the door of that room.. or tell them what Nancy said, that he is vicious and will poke and bite them... that would be enough to keep someone away i would think
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Old 06-26-2011, 08:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with what's been said. Just ask/tell them to leave him alone unless you're around, and warn them that he's been grumpy recently, so if they do bug him, there's a possibility of him biting. If they're good friends, they'll understand this. And to underline the point of the fire hazard, this is a picture of the fleece blanket I was using to cover part of Lily's cage behind the CHE's, after it'd had a CHE pushed against it. It was only there for a little while (during cuddle time), and I'm very thankful it didn't get left like that overnight.

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Old 06-26-2011, 11:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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oh scary, that could have gone from a small burn on fleece to a fire quickly.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice, I'll just keep my door locked. It's not that I don't trust my friends, or that I think Mocha would bite them, I am just overly protective for her. I also don't want my friends to feel her wrath of being picked up quickly and then played with. I've learned (the hard way) that she need a few minutes to wake up.

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I bet if you just show them your siggy pic, they won't bother her at all! :P
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hehe i have to agree, the signature pic would probably have them leaving her be.
i really do understand, i am over protective of my babies too!
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Right now I have this pic in the center of her cage:



so they get the jist.
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Old 06-28-2011, 12:45 AM   #10 (permalink)
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SO CUTE! great idea.
they wont bother the baby now
just reminded me of something my grandfather used to say about me when my mom tried to yell at me...
"dont pick on the baby!"

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