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Old 08-18-2012, 05:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I gave my 9-week old hedgie his first foot bath today just to clean his paws a bit better than I'm able to with just a washcloth. I filled up a shallow basin with warm water just high enough for him to walk around in, and had a shamwow towel at the bottom to make it soft for him. A few things worried me, though. I realize it was his first bath so he was most likely a little freaked out, so he kept trying to climb out of the basin. I figure it's best to keep him in there so he gets used to it, but I ended up taking him out after just a minute or so because I felt bad D: Next time should I just leave him in there so he can grow accustomed to the water, or is it odd for him to have been so freaked out?

Also, he kept drinking the water. I wasn't too worried as it was the same water I use to fill his bottle with, just a bit warmer, but he coughed a few times after he would drink it. Well, I think it was a cough. It definitely wasn't a sneeze. It was just a few times, but it still concerned me because I've yet to hear him make any noise like that. Should I be worried about him drinking the bath water? He's definitely drinking enough out of his bottle so it's not like he's not getting enough water.

Lastly, after some snuggle time in a blanket to make sure he was warm and dried off, I went to put him back in his cage, but what was weird was that he went straight for his food dish. It was odd because in the week I've had him now, he's only ever eaten at night. Even when I have him up and about during the day, he's never eaten before like 2am. He also ate a lot too, like it just looked like he hadn't eaten in a while and it worried me a little.

I'm probably waywaywaaaay overstressing myself hahah I'm just still nervous with my new baby and I want to make sure he's as happy and healthy as can be.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My boy always went frantic when he's in water too I think some hedgies just don't go well with being wet. At least when you get him out of there he's clean. There's no need to force him in there if he really doesn't like it.

I'm not sure the bath water is okay to drink. but I think your hedgie prefered to drink from bowls rather than bottles. If you don't use loose bedding you might want to change to bowl instead.

My hedgie also love to eat after a bath, so I think they just got more appetite after baths? but I don't know for sure. It can't be that bad though.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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My hog used to spaz out in water too, but she got used to it after a month or so and figured out that holding still would make it go faster. I also used to give her treats after drying her off to get her to associate bath time with treat time. Just keep trying and hopefully your hedgie will grow accustomed, although some hogs never do and you just have to deal with a squirmy water hater.

Mine also tends to drink bath water every time she has a bath. I have no idea why, but it hasn't caused any problems so it seems fine.

Also, my hog goes straight for the food bowl after a bath as well, its normal. :3
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Poggles hates baths. He acts like he's in a gas chamber when he's in the sink and tries to claw his way out of the sink like his life depends on it. It effectively makes him empty his bowels. Bath time is the best laxative in the world, lol. So I spend a good amount of bath time just washing poop down the sink until he runs out of poop.

Then I fill the sink to about mid-body level with soapy water and gently scoop water on him. He's okay with that, but he hates the toothbrush that I gently brush him with. It's a whole lot of hate during bath time.

After soaping comes rinsing then soaking water with a few drops of Aveeno oil. During this time, he chills out a lot more so I trim his nails under water. Then it's one more rinse before I towel dry him. Then I put him back in the sink and blow dry him on a very low, warm setting. I keep my hand under the airflow at all times so I know how hot it is getting and I keep the dryer moving so no spots overheat. After drying is snuggle time.

I think drinking plain water is okay if you washed your sink before bath time. Soap water is not okay. You might want to switch him from the water bottle to a water bowl on a regular basis since he likes it so much. There's also less risk of him breaking a tooth and he'll probably drink more and better from a bowl. Water bowls are also easier to clean. Just make sure it's a heavy flat bottomed ceramic bowl so it won't tip over.

Eating after bath time is pretty normal. It was probably quite the stressful event and food is always soothing. Also, he's probably awake after all that activity. I find that Poggles always eats when he wakes up during the day. Also, if he emptied his bowels, it's time to reload :P

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