Simple Hedgie Heating

As I’m writing this I’m watching the snow fall outside, which means that little Gatsby (who is sitting in my lap) could go into hibernation at any time.

Well, if he didn’t have his heating system.

For those of you who aren’t aware of it hedgehogs can go into hibernation if they get too cold.

If they stay in hibernation for too long then they can die of starvation, dehydration, or hypothermia.

So what do you do to prevent this? You set up a heating system.

How do you do this? Let’s find out!

A heating system is made up of four things at the very least.


A thermometer  should be one of the first things you buy. This is so that you know what temperature the cage is and what your hedgie is comfortable at. This part is 100% necessary


A thermostat is about $30 on amazon and will turn the heating lamp on and off as needed to keep the temperature constant so that your hedgie is happy. Many people don’t have one of these and they are sort of a luxury, but for me it was 100% necessary because I don’t have the time or ability to regulate the lamps and turn them on and off as needed.

A Dome

A dome is the part of the actual lamp that you put the bulb into and helps to direct the heat. I’ve seen people not use these and it works just fine, but I decided that I really wanted the heat directed into the cage. You’ll want a dome that is 8.5″ to 10″ in order for it to have maximum efficiency.

CHE Bulb

CHE: Ceramic Heat Emitter

The CHE bulb is what actually creates the heat that heats the cage. These are about $20 and they should last about a year or so. If you can’t get anything else get a CHE bulb that will work for your set up.

Why can’t I use an inferred bulb?

an inferred bulb produces light. We can’t see it, but it still produces light which many hedgies will sense and it will prevent them from coming out at night and doing their normal nightly routine.

If you have any questions let me know down in the comments.

See you soon,



Other Resources

PugPibbleHedgie’s Heating Video

“Hedgehog Heating Simplified” from Hedgehog Forums



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