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Old 02-28-2012, 10:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Diggory gets stinky very fast. And I know you aren't supposed to give them a full bath more than once a month. Is this just a normal thing I need to get used to or is he particulary smelly and I need to do something about it? I try to change his fleece twice a week, am I not doing it enough? He doesn't poop everywhere, only on his wheel and paper towel but he may be peeing where he sleeps. (from the smell of him I think this is very likely)
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i would try not to give him a bath too much because it will dry out his skin & can be stressful. I'm not sure if it's safe maybe someone will know but there is dry shampoo for cats & dogs. Maybe that can be used? I've thought of using it myself...
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What's in his food? I know that hedgies with fish in their diets tend to have stinkier poop/pee and maybe that's contributing to his stinkiness.

I change my liner once a week, and I change Kashi's snuggle sack every few days, and Kashi doesn't really smell. He obviously still has that hedgehog smell, but not to a point where I find him extremely stinky.

I give Kashi a bath once every three weeks/a month because of my allergies, but I know some hedgehogs could get dry skin from being washed that often.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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There's no fish in his food. I do need to wash his snuggle sack but I don't do that often because I'm using a hand sewed one right now until I get money to buy a good one :P but even his snuggle sack doesn't smell that bad, just like a hedgehog. Diggy just smells like pee lol.
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Aaha well I'd imagine lots of pee gets on them when they're running >_<
Do you give him regular foot baths? Maybe that will help hmmm
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yep, I do them every other day. I would do them every day because he gets his feet really dirty but he hates it so much that it makes me sad lol. I don't want him to think of me as that person that sticks him in water every time I get near him.
I tried wiping his feet down with a baby wipe but he just annointed with it and then got mad at me for trying to pick the crusties off his feet.

He's such a stubborn little boy.
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Babies tend to smell stronger than adults and often as they reach maturity the smell, as well as the poop amount lessens. Babies not only have stronger smelling poop, but pee as well but there are some adult, both male and female that continue to have stronger smelling urine. About all you can do is more frequent cage and bedding cleanings and if necessary, baths. Hopefully as he gets older, his smell won't be as strong.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:19 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lucy is 2 years she doesnt smell at all I never smell anything, she has a foot bath every 2 days likes the tub and she pees usually in there even has a poop sometimes, when that happens she runs on her wheel after and no poop yay, her poop doesnt stink either thank goodness.

But I hear you about stinky I have a beardie Male that stinks right now because its matting season and he has a manly scent about him lol

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