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Hi guys!! I am very new to this and have done some research but honestly I don't know if I am doing everything right for my hedgehog Cleveland. I just want to make sure he is getting the best care he can! :grin:

I recently ordered a heating pad called K and H pet products small animal heating pad (its also called thermo-peep heated pad and they are the same thing).

Has anyone ever used this specific heating pad?
Can I put his bedding over the heating pad without it causing a hazard?
Will this be enough heat for him?


Financially, this option was more feasible than a CHE system.

I was planning on putting a cover on this pad, placing it under his favorite spot, and putting bedding over it (I have been using care fresh paper bedding). He is currently in a rabbit cage that has a plastic bottom tray and metal bars.

Please help!!! Is this something that will work? :grin:
 

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Heating pads are not recommended because it doesn't heat up the air. You need the air to be heated up. Heating pads could also burn hedgies.
 

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You need an overhead heat source. Heating pads are no use; they heat the surface, and completely suck at maintaining ambient air temps. Surface temperature =/= air temperature.

Yes, a Ceramic Heat Emitter set up included the CHE itself, a holder, and thermostat can be costly - but hedgehogs are not cheap pets to begin with, and this is not an optional piece of equipment.
 

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I wouldn’t say it’s NOT completely optional, but it makes taking care of your hog far easier and safer. As mentioned, my biggest concern with pads are the burn risk, especially if you have substrates over top of them. If you can find a way to raise the entire room temp of where he will be housed, that’s another option. You could also use a small, safe space heater if you have one! But, if possible, the Che setup is far superior.
 

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Unless you can absolutely guarantee your room has little fluctuation in temperature and is 23-26C (depending on what temperature your hedgehog prefers), then a CHE is absolutely not optional. Realistically, very few people can guarantee their room temperatures stay at that temperature all year round, all day, and every day - especially for hedgehogs who like temperatures on the hotter end. So to me, i dont consider them to be an optional piece of equipment.
 
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