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Old 10-14-2012, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New Hedgehog owner - Bath Time?

So i just got a 8 week old Hedgie, who i named Luna, on Friday and was wondering when i should bathe her. Should i wait till she is poopy or do just do it whenever i think she needs one? Also i heard that bath time is good for bonding, is this true? Hopefully when i do bathe her she will like it, the breeder that i got her from said that she never bathed the babies.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most hedgehogs hate baths. I only bathe mine when they need it, when they're visibly dirty or smelling bad. I don't like putting them through the stress of a bath unless I have to.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Some hedgehog seem to enjoy the snuggling after bathtime, or they're just worn out by that point. You can give a bath whenever they need it, which depends on how messy your hedgehog is, but on average mine all need a bath about once a week or they start to get a funky smell. Some of them are good at getting poop on their quills, and they need baths more often. It's kind of like trimming nails - if you do it regularly they'll get used to it, but if you avoid it for fear of stressing them out, that just means they'll be more stressed when it does have to happen.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So, I guess that it all depends on her personality? She has a tendency to avoid her poo unless she is sleepy, so far she seems to be rather clean.
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Old 10-15-2012, 02:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Default Re: New Hedgehog owner - Bath Time?

Hey, be glad! My new hedgie is a mess. I started calling her Daisy Doo (or daisy doo doo) because she poops SO much! I think she has a very fast metabolism because I do not feed her very much and she just takes the hugest poops and then proceeds to get them all over the place and run in it. Some days are better than others. I bathe her more than once a week because of this problem she has! She hates the bath itself but she seems to enjoy the drying off part of it all.
I'm trying to litter train her but so far it is hit or miss. I must say in her defense though, she has only pooped on the couch one time and she's never actually pooped on me!
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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My Hedgehog pooped on me on his first day with me
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