How To Keep a Hedgehog Warm?
Keeping a hedgehog as a pet is low maintenance. They are friendly, non-aggressive, adorable creatures who are fun to watch. While making a favorable habitat for them, you have to make sure they stay in a warm environment.
If your home gets too chilly or the area around your hedgehog's cage gets too cold, it will go into hibernation which will lead to its death, eventually. There is nothing to be scared of though as now there are several ways to keep a hedgehog warm. Hedgehogs do best if your room temperature stays between 75 to 80 degrees.
How To Know The Right Temperature
First of all, it is best for you to check daily on the temperature of the hedgehog. Besides, you can look for symptoms to check if it is getting too cold:
Ways To Keep The Area Warmer
While the best heating options to keep a hedgehog warm is to keep the room temperature at a moderate level, this might not always be possible because of outside weather. There are several other heating options in the market:
A heating pad can be kept under your hedgehog’s sleeping area. It is better if you look for those pads with auto shut off and with this feature it won’t be too hot for the hedgehogs because the heater will shut down automatically when it has reached the preferred temperature.
There are small ceramic space heaters which are very popular among the hedgehog owners. You can always keep it in the room where the cage is kept. Unlike heating pads, they don’t overheat.
These are affordable too. It comes with auto turn off at a certain temperature. So you need to check it's on and off cycle to make sure your hedgehog is not getting too cold.
Some people buy heating lamps. However, it is not a good option for hedgehogs as hedgehogs are sensitive to too much light. A constant heating lamp will disrupt their sleeping patterns. They need heat, not the light.
However, you can use a soothing light bulb if there is a changing option to the lamps.
Ceramic Heat Emitter
These are infrared emitters. They don't produce light; they only produce the heat. You have to choose it for a specific wattage depending on your room and cage's size.
This device is usually used to keep an animal warm. They are 12 inches in size and made of plastic and look more like a frisbee. You can cover them in a towel, or you can buy a cover made for them.
They can keep your cage warms for up to 12 hours. They are usually called micro-heat disks or snuggle safe heat disks.
Heating Pads for Reptile
These are usually used for keeping the reptiles warm. They usually stick on the mat. So you have to make sure they don't get too hot for your cage.
You should keep in mind that air cannot flow between the cage and the pad. It can nicely warm a small area of the cage but is not good enough when the temperature becomes lower than 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kerosene or Propane Heaters
These are the more dangerous sort of heaters, but they can also warm up a larger space for a longer duration. A generator is not needed for this.
Instant Heat Packs
People usually use these in camping, hunting or for instantly heating a baby animal. They are cheap and easy to store. But it is good to have fresh ones as the stored ones might not work sometimes.
You can wrap your hedgehog's cage with blankets when the weather is not so good to conserve the heat inside and can also give some sort of sleeping bags inside the cage so that the hedgehog can slip in if it gets too cold.
If you want to keep your hedgehog warm in chilly weather, the best way is to snuggle with it. Put some layers of clothes to avoid its prickling, and then keep it close to your body. Don’t hold the hedgehog too tightly and give it some breathing space.
Warming Up A Cold Hedgehog
It is very dangerous if you find out that your hedgehog is too cold to touch and is reluctant to wake up. But trying to warm it up with direct heat might also prove harmful for it. The best way to bring back the warmth is to snuggle; body heat works best to make it warm up slowly but effectively.
You can also use a heating pad. In that case, you need to be alert and careful, as the heating pad can be overheated and if the hedgehog is too cold and sick, they might not move and get themselves burnt.
See Also: How Long Does A Hedgehog Live?
It is important that you read all the manuals and safety instructions when you buy any of the heating sources from above. If you have any confusion or are unsure about their method of usage, you should immediately consult customer care.
While raising a hedgehog is fun and fulfilling, maintaining a favorable condition for your pet is very important.