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Cage setup/heating

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Hi, all. I'm new to hedgies, so forgive me if my questions seem basic. :)

This is the setup I built for my hedgie, Dexter... My question concerns heating. I'd like to use a heatlamp with a ceramic heater, or a red bulb so the light doesn't bug him - I guess my first question is, does it matter which one? Would you prefer a ceramic heater or a red bulb? I've seen both used in pictures on other threads here.

My second questions relates to my setup - it's a narrow cage, and I worry about a heatlamp shining on one part. I don't know where I should place the lamp - I worry that if it were near the wheel, he'd overheat. I worry if it's by his bedding, it might get too warm for him to sleep comfortably. And I worry if it's over his food/water, it might spoil faster, during the day while I'm at work.

Am I worrying too much? Or are they justified worries?

One option I could do is try to make the cage twice as wide, and have the lamp in the middle - then it's not right next to the wheel, food/water, or bed. I'd like to make it wider anyway, but I want to make sure it will fit where I want it to.

Any input would be appreciated!

Here's the cage; it's a little over 1 foot wide, and a little over 3 feet long:

And here's Dexter!

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I heat a 20" x 40" x 20" high plastic bottomed wired topped cage with only one lamp and it works fine. I block off the back wall of the cage with heavy clear plastic. It works well and easily keeps the cage at 76F.

Do not use anything that emits light as many hedgehogs will not be active in any type of light. Ceramic heat emitters produce heat with no light.
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