Checklist for buying the correct heat set up, and why heating your hedgehog is important!

My number one recommendation will always be a ceramic heat emitter heating set up!
​You always want your cage to be at 75-80  degrees Fahrenheit!!! NEVER below 75!

I do NOT recommend heating pads as they typically only heat one spot in the cage and do not heat the air. Hedgehogs need warm air, not just one warm spot in the cage! Heating pads are NOT a good option for wire type cages or open top  cages as the warm air will escape and your hedgehog will not stay warm enough.

The ONLY acceptable heating pad that will not burn your hedgehog is a K & H small animal heating pad, or K & H dog/cat heating pad. It is the type that is a hard plastic heating pad that is put in the inside of the cage. You can ONLY use a bin type/ plastic tote type cage if using a K & H heating pad. It should keep your cage around 75-78. 

***We are now offering FULL heat set ups which includes a 10 inch dome lamp, lamp clips to secure your lamp to the cage, ceramic heat emitter bulb (light bulb that produces only heat and NO light), thermometer (to tell you the temperature of the cage), and ZooMed or Zilla thermostat (controls and regulates the temperature in the cage). These heat set ups MUST be bought in advance because we do not always have them in stock! Please check with us before ordering!

​We no longer have heating pads available. If you prefer a heating pad please ask us about which ones are safe to buy. Heat pads can only be used with bin type cages, or cages that don't have too much airflow. Please ask us if you have questions about either heat set ups.


And yes a  thermostat is needed! The thermostat is EXTREMELY important! The thermostat is what regulates and helps control the temperature of the bulb. Without a thermostat your heat set up will be a fire hazard and could potentially get TOO HOT!

To buy your heat set up from us,  please visit our cage set ups & accessories page. It can be bought directly from our website.

Once purchased, we will order your heating supplies and set it aside for you so it will be ready when you pick up your hedgehog!

If you do not buy your heat set up from us, make sure you have EVERYTHING on these checklists!!!​​

What you need for a proper heat lamp set up.


1.  Heat lamp:  Like the type of heat lamps you see being used for reptiles. Dome style heat lamps are most commonly used, but any type of style is usually acceptable.

2.  Ceramic heat emitter bulb (100 watt or 150 watt if you have a BIG cage):    A type of light bulb that produces ONLY heat and NO light. These are used so it won't mess with the hedgehog's day/night cycle as they need constant heat, even at night! Red light bulbs are NOT recommended as the red light can cause vision loss and blindness if your hedgehog is exposed to red light for prolonged periods of time. 

3.  Thermostat:  EXTREMELY important!!! The thermostat is what controls and regulates the temperature of the bulb. Without a thermostat your bulb will get too hot and have no way to regulate. Once the cage reaches the desired temperature that you set your thermostat to, it will automatically shut off. Once the cage starts to get too cool, it will turn back on and warm it up.

4.  Thermometer:  A thermometer is also very important! Always have one placed inside the cage. You can suction cup it, velcro it, or mount it however you want so that it stays put. The thermometer is what will tell you what the temperature is in the cage. 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit  is ideal.  I always recommend 80-84 degrees for babies. NEVER let it get below 72!

What you need for a proper heating pad set up.


1.  K & H heating pad:  Any other heating pads get too hot and are NOT safe. K & H hard plastic heating pads will not burn your hedgehog. But they can only be used with a bin type cage that will efficiently trap the heat and keep the cage warm enough.

2.  Thermometer:  A thermometer is also very important! Always have one placed inside the cage. You can suction cup it, velcro it, or mount it however you want so that it stays put. The thermometer is what will tell you what the temperature is in the cage. 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit  is ideal.  I always recommend 80-84 degrees for babies. NEVER let it get below 75!

***NOTE: A thermostat is not needed if you are using the correct K & H heating pad. They do not get over 100 degrees and temperature and can not burn your hedgehog.


Why heating your hedgehog so important

Keeping your hedgehog at the right temperature is crucial! I can't stress this enough!

At Fairhaven Hedgehogs, we keep wall mounted heaters in the hedgehog rooms to keep the rooms between 78-83 degrees Fahrenheit at ALL times! If you can not use a space heater to keep the room at the appropriate temperature, it is highly recommended to use a ceramic heat emitter on a thermostat.

You can also use the K & H heating pads we recommend, but only with more "close topped" cages that will hold the heat in better (like vivariums, custom built cages, and bin type cages). If you're not sure if a heat pad would work for your type of cage, ask us!

I would also strongly recommend keeping a thermometer in the cage at all times to make sure your cage is at the correct temperature. The cage should never get below 75  degrees Fahrenheit.

If their cage is under 75 for prolonged periods of time it can be fatal if they do attempt hibernation. African Pygmy Hedgehogs die if hibernation is attempted and if it is not reversed quickly!

​Their organs will start to shut down once they go into hibernation, and if caught too late you may not be able to reverse it. 

If you find that your hedgehog is trying to hibernate they will usually be rolled into a ball and unresponsive, and if trying to walk they may be wobbly. Their belly will be very cold to the touch.

Skin to skin contact is needed ASAP to warm them up SLOWLY. You can also put a blanket or towel in the dryer and wrap them in it. If warmed up too fast they can go into shock which is often fatal.

​If they don't start coming out of it within an hour or two, a trip to the nearest exotic or emergency vet is absolutely required or your hedgehog may not make it.

​NEVER GIVE THEM A BATH OF ANY KIND IF YOU SUSP​ECT HIBERNATION.
​A bath can shock their system if they are trying to hibernate, and can kill them shortly after.


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