Heating mats are okay for additional heat, but as the only heat source it is not recommended. Hedgehogs need the air to be warm, not just the bottom of the cage. I understand that some heating pads may be safe, but not all of them are. They can easily become too hot, which can be dangerous for the hedgehog. There is nothing wrong with heating mats if you use a safe one with regulated temperature as an additional heating source, but I personally don’t want to recommend them to other people as an only heating source (if it isn’t regulated especially). I hope you can understand my opinion :)
So, this was the little hedgehog that stirred up a mountain of trouble for me yesterday. Seven week old Sumi not only has a biting habit (that REALLY needs broken), but he’s also a mountain climber and an escape artist! This guy’s proving to be a handful, LMAO
He’s very cute!
You can use a fan in the hedgehogs room if it gets too hot, as long as it doesn’t point directly at the cage. You can also give your hedgehog a ceramic tile to lay on to cool down. Personally, I just try to keep my room as cool as possible. If Kiwi’s cage gets too cold for her, her heating lamp turns on automatically, but so far my room doesn’t even get cool enough for that (it’s the attic, all the heat goes up there). When my room gets too hot for Kiwi, I move her too a different room where it is cooler. If it gets really too hot for your hedgehog, you can also put a pack of ice on top of the cage, because the cold air will sink down. You just need to keep a close eye on the temperature in the cage. I hope this helps!
I’m very glad you found him, and I’m very glad I could help you, because it must have been very scary! I hope you and Sumi have a great time together too :)
Aww that’s so cute! Sounds like she loves to cuddle with you :)
If it is cold, he will probably stay still in one place, making it harder to find him. If it is very cold, he might even try to hibernate, so you don’t wan’t that to happen :) If you turn up the heat, he will probably be more active, so he might walk around increasing the change that you find him soon :) I hope this help you!
The last few days have been very hot here. Kiwi doesn’t seem to be bothered too much by it, and I make sure she doesn’t get too hot. This picture was taken a while ago on a hot day, and that time, Kiwi was bothered a bit and decided to splat on the cool stairs, which resulted in this photo. Picture by Kyra.
"When a hedgehog looks into your eyes, you can see into the warm depths of her gentle, gentle soul" ~This amazing video :P
(Forgot to add: picture is by Kyra)
Yum, that tastes good!
(Kiwi moves her tongue really fast, don’t you think?)