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Old 07-06-2011, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestion on the other thread but Sheldons mastered the art of "ball floating" that water was a few good inches deep too. Had my hand ready incase he needed me ... Vet to clip his nails it shall have to be *sighs*

Btw yes he can do a full ball... This is his way of saying "Mummy NO NAIL CLIPPING!!!"
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What a cutie pie! I am sorry to hear that he is not cooperating. I did Violets last night after her bath while I was cuddling with her in a towel. i waited for her to uncurl then I would grab one foot at a time and used the baby nail clippers and was able to get them all done. Yes, it did take a while to get them all done but I was very patient with her. With the nails being soft from her bath it was easy to get done. So next time give what I did a try. I hope this helps.
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What a cutie pie! I am sorry to hear that he is not cooperating. I did Violets last night after her bath while I was cuddling with her in a towel. i waited for her to uncurl then I would grab one foot at a time and used the baby nail clippers and was able to get them all done. Yes, it did take a while to get them all done but I was very patient with her. With the nails being soft from her bath it was easy to get done. So next time give what I did a try. I hope this helps.
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Thanks Violets Mommy,

So you laid her on her back in the towel and just hold onto her foot?
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I have had more luck right after the bath too, i get them good and clean and then they are less likely to ball while drying and I clip her nails (Did Celeste's her first night, her back nails were horrible and i wanted to get her wheeling).

Keep in mind there is no 100% promise the vet will beable to and a lot of hedgies early on get really scared by another new person. Even experienced hedgie vets can be unable and if they do succeed you may have an upset hedgie for a few days so if it happens don't let it discourage you.

Neither of my girls have figured out the floating trick its so cute!
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He HATES being on his back. He's currently on my lap pulling the huffy poppy routine, went to pet him and one of his quills punctured my pinkie finger and drew blood
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When they are fresh out of the water, you don't need them to be on their back just be careful about selecting a leg to clip their nails . Use your body and the towel to restrict their movement if they insist on moving and go at it slowly
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Sorry to hear about the struggle but I must admit that he is very talented to be be able to float like that
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Thanks for the suggestion on the other thread but Sheldons mastered the art of "ball floating" that water was a few good inches deep too. Had my hand ready incase he needed me ... Vet to clip his nails it shall have to be *sighs*

Btw yes he can do a full ball... This is his way of saying "Mummy NO NAIL CLIPPING!!!"
*grin* I am sorry you weren't able to get some nails trimmed but that picture is priceless and really made me smile. I have a boy that won't let me touch his feet unless he is in the bath, but then if I do he tries to ball up and gets a face full of water >_< Perhaps one day there will be a secret to hedgie grooming discovered and we will share it with everyone!
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Default Re: so much for the clip nails in the bath idea ....

I tried the bath thing too, and it REALLY didn't work. I handle my hedgie's feet regularly, so she's not so shocked when I touch her feet, but I think the water really just freaked her out. And my little girl can most definitely ball up, even when she's soaking wet.

I've had the most luck with what msviolet suggested. I give Milly her foot bath (with a washcloth in the bottom of the sink), then she snuggles up in her towel. I use the towel to cover her back so she feels safe, and then I adjust my hand under her body so that my pointer finger is right under one of her back feet. Once she is relaxed again, I move my finger - with her foot on it - just a liiittle bit away from her body. When she's sleepy, she usually ignores it when I move her foot. Then I cut, cut, cut as fast as I safely can.

This may work for you. It makes it even easier if you have someone ELSE hold her and do the finger-under-the-towel-and-foot thing, and YOU clip. Hope you figure something out!
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:25 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Re: so much for the clip nails in the bath idea ....

I have had the same issue. I found a tread on here that mentions placing your hedgie on a wire rack so that their legs dangle so that you can cut their nails. ( you can search it) I am going to try it this weekend or again back to the vet like yourself at $40-60 a pop
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