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Old 01-08-2020, 06:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, similar to one of Ria’s posts, I’m going to go dog sit this weekend. I’ll have to sleep there at the house for two days.
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And I’m not taking Igor!
I’m stressing so hard on this. My mom said she’ll take care of Igor, so I made a step by step instruction list on how to do everything.
It’s 101 steps...

I’ll miss him so bloody bad. And I’m so scared that something will go wrong. For the whole time I had Igor, it was only me who took care of him. It was my soul responsibility.
Now I have to pass that responsibility on to my mom? The person who refuses to touch him? I’m sceptical. I mean, I don’t think she’ll ever hurt him on purpose, and I’m sure she’ll do everything on the list, but, paranoia!
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Old 01-09-2020, 05:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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101 steps!
Why so many!?

Tbh I wouldn't fully trust anyone if they wouldn't hold Holly while she was out, let alone trust them to get her out while I wasnt there.
But its better than risking problems with a dog.
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Old 01-09-2020, 08:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, of course I love that you clearly care about Igor so much, but 101 steps?!

I've left my pets in the care of someone else on multiple occasions and let me tell you, if you do not keep this clear and concise, then there is a MUCH higher likelihood of them accidentally doing something that you wouldn't approve of. 101 steps is overcomplicating and to many (me included haha) would seem daunting. I genuinely cannot fathom why so many steps would be necessary for a literal 2 day sleepover.

I've left my hedgehog in the care of other people while I was away before. This is all I have ever asked them to do.

1) Huff test; self-explanatory, Co is a free range hog and this is just to check that she made it back to her bed okay.
2) Check food & water.
3) if wheel is dirty, scrub in bath.
4) check temperatures of enclosure, and make sure they are within x range.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. It is simplified, because it's only two days. Of course, I myself do much more - i brush her teeth every day, i do a full health check every day, i make sure i spend time giving her her evening snuggles & massages, but I'm not going to ask the same of someone doing me a favour for such a short period. If I was going away for something like 5-7 days +, I would leave my hedgehog in the care with someone who was comfortable with handling her. But for something as short as two days, i'm not personally fussed. My older sister is too jumpy holding Coco when she huffs. If the person caring for my hog during such a short period is not fully comfortable with holding them, then I will actually make a note that they please don't attempt to hold my hedgehog at all. 2 days of not being handled is not a big deal - but being dropped because the person holding her wasnt comfortable is.

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Old 01-09-2020, 08:34 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i brush her teeth every day
You seriously brush coco's teeth daily? Does she not get grouchy with you for it!?
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You seriously brush coco's teeth daily? Does she not get grouchy with you for it!?
Yes! and believe it or not it actually hasnt been that difficult! The first 3 weeks were rough; I think due to a combination of it being a new thing for me (so i didnt have the technique down), and also for her due to not not being used to having her mouth messed with. But now she's a trooper, and it's easy for me to get done on a daly basis.

She gets a moriworm before and after brushing, so she doesnt hold any grudge against me - honestly, i think it's only had a positive impact on our relationship. She's not really face shy, and will let me look at her mouth with ease now - when that was totally off-bounds before haha.
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Thats really impressive, I can not imagine Holly letting me do that ever. Let alone daily!
I think the tartar control treats work well for her.
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I've never tried tartar control treats, but I do like brushing her teeth mainly because it has made her more tolerable of having her mouth touched and so it allows me to do frequent checks on her mouth/teeth now with ease. Whereas before, I honestly would have gladly chose to wrestle an alligator instead haha.

Coco also broke one of her incisors within the first few weeks of me having her - so i guess i'm also extra paranoid about her teeth.
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I use them because its easier than fighting to brush teeth!
Plus it means my mum can still give it to her even if I'm not there, so I know her teeth are still going to get cleaned.
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Well, I wrote down precisely what I do in the night with Igor. I placed it in step order, so it kinda stretched to 101 steps. 😅

There isn’t much to handling him, just the cage. I have to make sure my mom won’t do anything damaging. And Igor is a messy hog, so daily wheel scrubs is a must. His food is complicated. I think that’s where most of the stuff came into. I know it’s over doing it, and I really appreciate my mom big time for doing this.

Igor has to be put in my bed in the mornings, and then put in his clean cage at night. That’s his basic routine of travelling. Now my gran agreed on picking him up... with a cloth or gloves. I don’t want to change his routine too much over the course of two days, seeing as that can lead to stress.

I would love to brush Igor’s teeth, but the place where I live isn’t really keen on animal care. Here people don’t even brush their own teeth, why would they brush their pets’ 😂. And Igor is already a year with me, I feel like trying to start now will just damage the relationship I built up with him.
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I am insanely curious to hear your daily routine haha; even if I wrote everything down in steps, I would come no where near 101!

As far as brushing teeth goes; I had Coco a year before I started doing so (only started on the advice of my vet, before that I never even knew it was a thing!) and I feel like it has only improved our relationship. Plus, hedgehogs are incredibly prone to dental disease & also oral cancers - so having them familiar with getting their mouth touched is a huge bonus. It has made Coco far more comfortable and less stressed during our check ups - if you do want to start doing it, don’t worry about it damaging your relationship at all.
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