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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:

  • Some of the most common symptoms are it being lethargic and often sleeping for a longer time than usual.
  • It might suddenly lose appetite. 
  • You might notice a fall over.
  • The body can get below normal temperatures. This is why keeping a thermometer around the cage is a very good idea.

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:

Heating Pad

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.

Space Heaters

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.

Heating Lamps

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.

Heat-disk

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. 

Natural ways

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.

Body Heats

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.

Cautions

  • Different heat source works at different homes depending on the other amenities such as a generator and the location of your house.
  • Most heating source can lead to short out, fires, burns or other injuries.
  • If the cage does not have good ventilation, the heating sources might overheat the cage.
  • Make sure you can keep an eye out if the source does not have the auto shut off feature. It might burn the animal.
  • If the source has an auto turn off, you need to be careful about your pet because it might get too cold before the heat source turns on again.
  • The best option is to heat a small area of the cage so that the hedgehog can change its place if it gets too hot. However, you need to be cautious if they are sick and too weak to move.

Final Words

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.

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