Although it is nice and warm in our living rooms and the rodents will not quickly get something. Yet the climate in our home is also changing. The animals also get the shorter days and the Russian Dwarf Hamster, for example, can even get a winter coat. The Syrian hamster receives a signal from its body at a temperature lower than 17 degrees to go into hibernation. If the temperature of the animal remains constantly low, it can actually go into hibernation. Don’t be alarmed! It may look like your pet has died. If you find your hamster hibernating, wake it up gently and bring it up to temperature.
As with us, rodents use more energy to keep warm. Rodents have an average body temperature of about 38 degrees. Most households have the stove set at 17 degrees at night, which is a considerable difference in temperature for the animals. There are several things you can do on colder days to make sure your hamster stays nice and warm.
The Cozy Pod has the great advantage that it gives off a pleasant constant heat for up to 10 hours. Easy to heat up in the microwave and ready to use in a few minutes. The supplied cover insulates and spreads the heat very regularly. The Cozy Pod can also be used very well for young, older or weak animals. These groups have more trouble keeping their body temperature up. Then the Cozy Pod can offer a solution.
Do not use a pitcher! The rubber pitchers are unfortunately not gnaw-resistant and can quickly become too hot. The metal pitchers are way too hot and must be well covered. If the animals bite through the cover, they can burn themselves.
Give your hamster an extra layer of bedding so that it can burrow in to warm and withdraw from the cold. Cotton N Cotton is a nice warm bedding for the cold days.
Provide a comfortable bed in a sleeping house, where your hamster can retreat to warmth. However, do not use hamster cotton for this. This can cause your hamster to become entangled, choke, or pinch off its limbs. If your rodent swallows a piece of the cotton wool, it may cause a serious blockage in its intestinal tract. I myself use Ekoo Nest and Animal Dream and Joris No Smell Exotic N colors nesting material. Toilet paper also works well. Look for more information in the blog about nesting material.
Tip: You can also hang a Hygrometer on the cage, so you can keep a close eye on how warm it is in the cage.