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Old 02-17-2011, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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To say Norman hates the water is perhaps an understatement. He knows what the sink is and that he does not want to be in it. His little feet flail the instant he realises I'm going to put him in there. He instantly tries to climb the sides of the sink or up my hand every chance he gets. I really hate putting the little guy through it, but I need to do something to get rid of his poopy boots and just trying to scape it off with my thumb sometimes isn't enough. I have a fleece liner I throw in the sink to give him something to stand on and the water is warm (not too hot, not too cold), but he still wants nothing to do with it. I usually only do this as a last resort when it looks like it's pushing his toes around. Is there any other way I can try to get rid of his boots without having to put him through this?

This is what I have to deal with after every foot bath.
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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OMG...I love this!

...and I can so relate to you! Niblet HATES foot baths also. So I will be listening in for alternative ideas too!

This is what my fiance and I get after every foot bath...
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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OK...you all likely think I`m nuts, anyway, so.....

Snarf is the same: sees the sink and is ticked. Tries to escape constantly and is successful if there`s only one human. This is how bath time is done in our house, including just poopy boots baths:

Before you start: remove your pants and socks and put on shorts or swimsuit. Just trust me on this. Exchange shirt for a short sleeved number.

Assemble:
- every towel in the place
- clippers & cornstarch I am doing nails
- poopy boots toothbrush
- Aveeno & flax seed capsules if I am using it
- measuring cup - plastic - if I am doing a rinse
- washcloth
- bottle of Merlot & LARGE wine glass

PREPARE:
- meditate to calm mind or swear to self quietly
- warn Snarf a bath is imenent
- check for 20th time to make sure everything is ready
- put dry towel on couch
- place every piece of fleece in house near Snarf`s cage
- turn up heat on CHE
- run water in tub so there`s about one inch in the shallow end of the tub

THE BATH:
- use facecloth to carry Snarf to tub
- step in tub
- gently lower Snarf onto other hand into water
- prepare for ninja action when his feet hit the water
- slide washcloth under hand holding Snarf and remove hand
- prepare for ninja action when belly hits the water
- encourage Snarf to wade around while discouraging climbing up legs and arms

THE DRYING:
- step out of tub and get biggest towel
- prepare MY ninja skills
- simultaneously pick up, wrap, carry Snarf ensuring no escape route
- sprint to couch while preparing ninja skills
- attempt cuddle on couch while getting fresh towel ready
- simultaneously swap towels, wrap, cuddle Snarf ensuring no escape route
- attempt to cuddle and dry Snarf
- give up on cuddling squirming, huffing, popping, angry Snarf
- sprint to cage
- attempt to locate Snarf in towel
- place Snarf in cage with one hedgie bag
- pour and drink large glass of wine
- breathe for first time in 20 minutes
- gently soothe huffing, popping, angry Snarf
- remove huffing, popping, angry Snarf from wet hedgie bag and place him in dry bag
- repeat last step until Snarf is dry or all fleece is wet...whichever comes first
- pour and drink another glass of wine
- sit on couch and listen to soothing sounds of huffing, popping, angry Snarf

REPEAT entire procedure when poopy boots appear.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:02 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You can try to let him walk around on a wet towel. That should soften the poop a little, allowing you to get it off with your fingers. And you can try to get it off using your fingers and a wet, warm piece of fabric like flannel.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Well, there's no wine in my place to follow MissC's suggestion, so I think I'll try the wet towel ideal first.
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Well, there's no wine in my place to follow MissC's suggestion, so I think I'll try the wet towel ideal first.
Oh, sure, go with susana`s idea...if you want to use the common-sense approach and miss out on all the stress and effort and entertainment...

(I did try the other options with Snarf and he will. not. under. any. circumstances. walk on a wet towel and there`s noooooooo waaaaaaaaay he`ll let me scrub his feet.)
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Henry hated baths. i tried every form & fashion i had heard about. & every type left a very angry, cunning hog flailing & running about areas in which he was not supposed to exist. *sigh* soi had a harebrained idea: since he was, for his first 3-4 weeks of life at least, out in the wild...perhaps he would prefer something more akin to rain. DUM-DUM-DUM. so, breaking all sorts of rules, my SO & i prepped materials & took them to the shower. i showered while my SO stood by with matierals & Henry...when i was clean & ready, i got handed Henry & super-expensive hypoallegenic-it's-the-only-one-my-poor-little-self-can-tolerate free of everything baby shampoo. i held him. he didn't freak totally. put him on the floor & let him run around. pick him back up hold him not tooo close to shower spray to get wet enough to dollop & lather. put back down & let him run around. meanwhile SO is preparing flax oil rinse. pick Henry back up, rinse as thoroughly as possible. put him down. get first rinse cup - just water- pour over him. now he's not so cool with things. gotta hurry. get flax rinse cup & rinse him...then one last clean water rinse. hand to SO for initial drying responsibilties while i scrub down & de-quill the shower.

& that is how i did it for a long time. he's better about a regular bath now...but sometimes i pop him in the shower with me instead of a "bath" bath just for the heck of it. he still seems to prefer that. it's really cute to watch him wander about. Sometimes he'll even sit down & watch me. weirdo!

(& i use nothing that i couldn't use on a hedgie...so no worrying about exposing him to something when i wash my hair or whatever...all paraben, sulfate, chemical, dye, etc free, non-toxic...you name it.)
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MissC....The wine is definitely a MUST!!
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MissC....The wine is definitely a MUST!!
I would do it intravenously if i didn`t have to worry about the silly IV pole.

My biggest stressor is actually after the bath cuz Snarf is SO ticked he will NOT cuddle and I have to keep trying to dry him, ticking him off even more, then just continually swap out wet fleece while he`s stomping around his cage. If he goes into a hedgie bag, I have to take him out and replace it - that REALLY impresses him around the third or fourth time...

I tried using a heating pad but then you get a warm, wet fleece bag...so...there just doesn`t seem to be a way around it, the little rotter.
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Pliny tolerates bath time. He poops a lot, but basically resigns himself to the indignity of it all.
If baths don't work, could you possibly hold him in your lap and clean his feet with a toothbrush. It do it kinda like this
Fill container with warm water
wrap hedgie in a blanket and assume seated position
allow hedge to burrow into blanket and grab one back leg. Maintain firm, but gentle grip on leg whilst hedgie tries to pull it away, muttering 'quit it Pliny (or name of your hog)" repeatedly.
Gently scrub foot with toothbrush. eventually give up on toothbrush and use wet fingers.
Repeat for other 3 feet.
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