With a polar vortex predicted to drop temperatures to extreme levels in the next week, it seemed timely to talk about how to keep hedgies safe during periods of unusually cold weather. Cage locations that may normally be fine can cause temperature drops if they are near a window or other draft, or set on the floor.
Insulation between the floor and cage (carpet, a blanket or towel, etc...) can help prevent the cold flooring surface from chilling the cage. Covering the window or the side of the cage nearest to the window with a blanket can help insulate, just make sure that hedgie has ventilation.
Ceramic heat elements and heat lamps can be a fire risk, so check that all equipment is in good working order and plugged in to a surge protector.
It is helpful to stock up on hand warmers that do not require electricity to activate (like hot hands) in case of power outages. Providing extra bedding such as snuggle sacks and paper towels can help hedgies hold in their body heat when they are hunkered down.
Be sure to check your hedgies extra carefully for signs of hibernation when winter weather is more extreme. If you notice that your hedgie seems chilled, your body heat is a great way quickly warm a hedgie.
Stay safe and warm, and keep snuggling those hedgies!