- A hedgehog that is cold or feels cool to the touch is in serious danger.
- Captive bred hedgehogs are not accustomed to hibernation and can die from, what to them is, an unnatural torpor.
- Warming up a hedgehog too quickly can do more harm than good. A warm, gentle heat is preferred over forceful, direct heat.
- Our most successful method for warming a cold animal is direct human body heat. Hold the animal in your hands, tuck it in your shirt, or whatever other method feels comfortable to you.
- Heating pads can also be useful, but one must be careful not to overheat or burn an animal that is too sick to move away from the heat.
- Also, don’t assume that the external heating device is doing the trick when in fact it may not be warm enough.
- An animal that has gotten too cold and recovered is more susceptible to future incidents.
Contributor: Susan Crocker, Susan’s Hawkeye Hedgies