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Old 07-30-2010, 12:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, I'm new here, so sorry if I posted this in the wrong section!

I got my hedgie Precious about a month ago, and she is about five months old herself. Recently, I had been watching her in her cage, and I noticed her doing something that struck me as odd. She drank a bit of her water, and then rolled over onto her side and began cleaning herself - almost in the same fashion as a cat would clean herself.

I've been trying to search for information on self-cleaning, but I can only find information on self-anointing. Basically, all I'm wondering is if hedgehogs do, in fact, clean themselves.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't answer your question but I have the same name as you! Sorry, I just thought that that was exciting.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Haha! Erica's unite!
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Yessss!
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi ^-^ Sometimes my hedgie, Kashi, cleans himself too, but mainly just his belly and his feet. I'm not sure if he's actually cleaning his belly or... ahem... having his "boy time" @[email protected] but he definitely cleans his feet

So yeah, I think hedgies clean themselves ^-^
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Sounds like she's self anointing something that all hedgies do.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Shae, thanks for the response! Yes, Precious cleans her feet - and actually, she's quite immaculate. She usually cleans her poopy feet pretty well, which is a bonus for me!

Larry, this is definitely something different from self-anointing.
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:03 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Kashi is not very good at cleaning his feet, but he tries
He's actually fairly clean on his wheel so usually it's not too bad to begin with, but yup
I'm pretty sure hedgehogs clean themselves somewhat
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Old 07-30-2010, 01:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Alright, I just wanted to make sure there wasn't anything off with my hedgie! Thanks
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