Last Updated on October 31, 2022.

Potential Need for Back-up Heat

  • One must always be prepared for a power outage if you live in an area where the temperature gets cold or cool in the winter.
  • Power outages for long periods in cool weather can be just as dangerous as short power outages in extreme cold.
  • When using alternative power or heat, one must use caution and be aware of potential safety hazards.

Conserve the Heat You Have

  • Wrap your hedgehog’s cage in heavy blankets.
  • Give your hedgehog extra sleeping bags, or extra pieces of fleece to make their sleeping area cozier.

Disposable (Or Reusable) Instant Heat Packs

  • These sources of instant heat hand warmers can be found in the hunting, camping, or sporting goods section of most stores. We have also seen them used for reptiles and other baby animals, so you may find them through various other sources as well.
  • Reusable ones can often be found at flea markets or through other specialty vendors.
  • They are relatively inexpensive and easy to store.
  • We have found that some will not work if they have been stored for long periods. It is a good idea to have fresh ones available.
  • Also make sure you keep several on hand in case you have purchased an older or defective warmer.


  • Generators are valuable to not only your pets, but can be quite handy for you. There is a huge price range depending on how much power they can supply.
  • If you have a generator you can use many of the heating options described above.
  • Likewise if you have power outages in a state that is hit with natural disasters, you can use the generator to operate fans if it becomes too HOT.

Propane or Kerosene Heaters

  • These types of heat sources are the most dangerous, but they are also the most effective for heating larger areas for longer periods of time if a generator is not available.
  • Our animal room is heated with propane so that should the electric go out we still have a constant heat source. The blower doesn’t work but we are able to adjust the heat and/or open a window if it gets too hot!

Body Heat

  • One of the safest and most effective ways to keep your hedgehog (or any pet) warm is to snuggle!
  • Your prickly friend may be harder to cuddle under the covers with than your family dog, but it certainly is possible.
  • We suggest putting on a couple layers of loose fitting shirts and warm clothing. Tuck two or three of the shirts inside the top of your pants. You can then sandwich your hedgehog between the layers.
  • Remember that your hedgehog still needs to breathe, so a loose fit allows the most warm air circulation.

Hot Water Bottles

  • We have seen on the internet that hot water bottles may also be good in an emergency.
  • Caution must be taken that the water is not too hot.
  • Make sure the bottle does not leak; a cold and wet hedgehog will not be a wise idea during a power outage.
  • One option is to put the bottle in a Ziploc bag and wrap it with a soft, hedgehog safe (no loose strings) material. This can help protect against accidental leaks.
  • You will need to check your water bottle frequently to make sure it is still giving out adequate warmth.
  • If you only have electric heat (and an electric stove), this option won’t work for you since you have no way of heating the water! Keep that in mind before deciding on this as your backup heat source.

Contributors:  Gail Smith, Melissa Ramos

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