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Old 07-31-2012, 01:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Cleaning Poopy boots

Due to Arya's hate for water I use damp clothes to clean her feet and was wondering if baby wipes would be safe to use on her feet. They're a lot softer than paper towels or a dish cloth and I have to clean her feet daily or she gets sores from having poop caked feet. And yes it's literally if I don't clean them within just a few hours of waking up. I once waited until that night because I got up late and rushed to go to work, and her feet actually bled! I felt so bad for my little girl. Has anyone has a hedgie with poopy boots that bad? Any ideas as to why her feet are so sensitive?

Arya is 5 months old, born 3/11/12, I got her 5/7/12. She's on fleece, I clean her wheel daily, her poops are solid, but she runs through them and squishes it all up in her nails and all over her feet. I do have a dig box for her with smooth rocks that she digs in nightly for her mealies, but that has never caused problems for her when I remove her wheel to see if it was the wheel or the box. Let me know if any more info would be helpful.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Poggles generally hates water too, but I still give him baths. I think you might see if you can get her used to daily foot baths. Since it happens every day, she'll eventually get used to it. Just make sure that the water temperature is comfortable. You could even give her treats during foot bath time so that she associates it with good things.

You'd save money on baby wipes, and it would be good for Arya since it would probably clean her feet better than wipes. Also, you could give her a moisturizing rinse after the initial foot washing. That would probably help to prevent sores.

Also, can your wheel tilt? Maybe if you can tilt it downwards a little, some of the poop and pee would slide off. That would decrease the amount of foot mess. Poggles has a Carolina Storm Wheel and it can tilt.

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