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Old 01-15-2012, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello! I'm having some difficulty trying to plan something out for my hedgie, Jimmie. I've had him for almost a month now and he's still adjusting to my home. I need to clip his nails very badly and I plan on doing this when I give him his next foot bath. The problem is that when I think of doing it, I get nervous because he still huffs and curls up sometimes when I try to hold him with my hands. I would need someone to hold him while I clip his nails. I'm afraid the person who I try to hold him will either get spooked by his huffing or they'll drop him because of his quills coming through fabric.

This is what his nails look like (at least for the front)

I have noticed in the back a good couple of long ones that definitely need trimming. I just don't know how to go about it without him not being so scared.
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Old 01-18-2012, 01:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Be brave! There are tons of nail clipping threads that can help if you do a search of the forum.
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Go slowly. Let him sniff the nail clippers and don't make any sudden movements. I clip my hedgie's nails by myself all the time and it took some creativity, but we have figured out a routine now and it goes a lot more smoothly than it used to.

There are tons of different ways to attempt nail clipping. I personally found a way that my hog deals with alright, but they are all different and some may not like a certain way that other hogs do. It'll take a few tries to figure out the best way to do it for you & your little one.

And like Larry said, be brave! You can always hold him with a blanket or towel while clipping if you're nervous about getting quilled. Just keep in mind that if you're nervous, he will sense it and think there's something HE should be nervous about

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I am in the EXACT same boat. I'll start accumulating nail clipping tips/threads to post on here to hopefully help us out. Thanks for posting this!

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Old 01-18-2012, 07:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay, here's what I've come up with:

When someone asked for an alternative to nail clippers because of a squirmy hedgehog, Moxieberry suggested using cuticle clippers (rather than human nail clippers) can also help because it gives you better visibility of what you're doing.

Cornstarch is n alternative to syptic (sp) powder to stop bleeding if you do happen to cut the quick.

Really good thread: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14738&p=132449&hilit=nail#p132 449

About cutting the quick- Sar-uh dipped her hogs' foot in flour to stop the bleeding. viewtopic.php?f=5&t=14321&p=126326&hilit=nail#p126 326

Suggestion: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13573&p=119407&hilit=nail#p119 407

Another great one: viewtopic.php?f=5&t=13158&st=0&sk=t&sd=a&hilit=nai l

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