Unlike other animals, African pygmy hedgehogs aren’t used to fluctuating temperatures. In their natural habitat, the temperature is stable and relatively warm.
Domestic hedgehogs need the same thing: a nice, warm home. Your hedgehog’s cage temperature should stay between 73-78° F (23-25° C).
How to Heat a Hedgehog’s Cage?
How to keep a hedgehog warm is one of the most important subjects hedgehog owners should know. There are many illnesses and health issues that can occur if your hedgehog gets too cold.
So just how are you supposed to keep your hedgehog warm?
You have a number of options to choose from.
Heat Up the Whole House
In order to keep your hedgehog warm, you can raise the temperature of the whole house.
While this might be a good idea on a cold winter day, 73° F is too hot for most people. In addition to that, it’ll also raise your heating bills.
Many hedgehog owners choose to buy small ceramic space heaters and place them in the room with the hedgehog’s cage.
Space heaters don’t overheat and are affordable.
However, some space heaters turn off when a certain temperature is reached and turns back on when it’s colder.
Be sure to watch the temperature during its on and off cycles and make sure it isn’t getting too cold.
Hedgehogs don’t bask in the sun like reptiles, so a heating lamp isn’t the best choice for hedgehogs.
Also, hedgehogs need heat day and night, but keeping a heating lamp on all the time will disrupt their sleeping schedule.
If you’re looking for an overhead heating option, you can get a ceramic heat emitter.
Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter
Ceramic heat emitters don’t emit light but will keep your hedgehog warm.
Heat emitters come in different wattages, so choose one depending on the temperature in your home and the size of the hedgehog’s cage.
Monitoring the Temperature in Your Hedgehog’s Cage
Always keep a thermometer in or near your hedgehog’s cage to make sure the temperature is stable.There are thermometers that record the highest and lowest temperatures reached, like the EliTech Temperature Data Logger. It also has an alarm for overheating.
Using one of these will prevent the temperature from getting too low without your awareness.Beware of plastic thermometers as they can melt if the temperature is too high.
Notes on Heating:
What Happens If Your Hedgehog Gets Too Cold?
If a hedgehog is in an environment that is below 65° F, they might die suddenly.
A cold hedgehog has lower immunity and is at higher risk of getting sick. It may get respiratory issues, will be less active, and will eat less.