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Old 10-10-2015, 08:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Would this work as a thermometer? I'll have to get a temp regulator too of course, but at least for now?
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A couple notes....
That light clearly produces enough light to cause issues. It needs to be dark at night. Read https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...implified.html it explains heating systems and heat is needed.

Your wheel, it's not a safe option. It needs to be a solid surface.

If that's the thermometer you use, you need to be reading the temp from inside the cage.

When did you notice the cold belly? How many hours ago? Any change in her, behavior or belly temp?

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In my opinion, I would not use that lamp, and would see if you can turn your house heat up to around 75 at least for tonight, and/or move her into a small room that's easier to heat.

For heating, it would be best to get a ceramic heat emitter bulb, which will give off heat only, no light. With these bulbs, you need to have a lamp that is rated safe to use with them. It should say on the lamp box. Typically the ones sold for reptiles in pet stores are fine, just double check. Fluker's clamp lamps are popular. You'll want to make sure the lamp is 10" in diameter as that will spread the heat out more effectively. You want the whole cage to be around the same temperature, not just her sleeping area. The lamp you have now may work just fine, just double check the box/instruction manual to be sure. CHEs get very hot & can be a fire hazard if the lamp is not safe to use with them.

For the thermostat, it's a must for CHE bulbs, especially if you're not around 24/7 to turn the lamp on & off as needed. See if the pet store has one - it must be a thermostat, not a rheostat. Thermostats will turn the lamp on & off as needed to keep the temperature steady. Rheostats just dim the temperature. Not all pet stores carry them in stock, so you may have to get one online instead. If that's the case, I would really recommend keeping the house temp up until the thermostat arrives rather than using the lamp without one. If that's really not possible for some reason, you'll probably have to adjust the height of the lamp so that it keeps the cage to a safe temperature.

For the thermostat, it's best to get one with a probe so that the readout is easily accessible for you without bother hedgie, but it still measures the temperature in the cage. Something like this - http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acu-Rite-I...mometer/896347

The light can just be a lamp near the cage if you want, or you can put one directly on the cage. Timers are great to hook these up to so that you don't have to remember to turn it on & off every day. Too much light can keep a hedgehog from being active (which is why the red one you have isn't recommended - pet stores unfortunately aren't as knowledgeable as many people think they are), and not enough light can cause a hibernation attempt just like cool temperatures can.

As we go into winter, some people have difficulty keeping the cage temperatures warm enough, especially in more open cages. The cage you have is wonderful! But with how open they are, they can be tough to heat. You may find that you need to insulate the cage's back & sides with blankets or plastic in order to help hold heat in. It's not an issue for everyone, but just thought I'd throw it in there in case you need to try it at some point.
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A couple notes....
That light clearly produces enough light to cause issues. It needs to be dark at night. Read https://www.hedgehogcentral.com/forum...implified.html it explains heating systems and heat is needed.

Your wheel, it's not a safe option. It needs to be a solid surface.

If that's the thermometer you use, you need to be reading the temp from inside the cage.

When did you notice the cold belly? How many hours ago? Any change in her, behavior or belly temp?

She has had the lamp on her for about 5 hours and is now nice and warm, thank goodness! Her nose is no longer runny, and the thermometer says that the temperature is 78 degrees. We have had her out of her cage twice to see if she was playful, and she mainly tried to explore a bit before burrowing and going to sleep. She's now sleeping again even tho it's 1:30 am, but I figured maybe that was because she's tuckered out from being sick/playing.
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