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Old 02-03-2012, 09:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So after a few nights of a clean wheel and dirty floors, I took it upon myself to figure out why Mocha wasn't wheeling. She's fully recovered from the hibernation attempt a few weeks back, and she eats and drinks fine, When it comes to using the potty, however, it's anywhere but the wheel. I've set out to determine why, and after reading numerous articles, I've come up to the conclusion that her nails needed to be trimmed. After checking them out, I knew it was true (see pic below)



Poor girl. I just trimmed her nails tonight and hoping to see her wheeling soon. Pic below is after the first paw. How'd I do?

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These are wonderful pics!!!!

I think you should start a new thread on Nail Trimming, and a mod should sticky it. Or give a mod permission to use your pics to make a sticky. As it is SOOOO hard to find proper hedgehog nail and feet pics, and these are awesome!
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the compliments. If Nancy or another moderator wants to use the pics, by all means, go ahead.
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Wow. Great pictures, and great job with the nail clipping! Perfect length.

I absolutely hate clipping the inside nails on the front feet. They tend to curl at a much shorter length and it's hard to position the nail clippers just right AND deal with a squirmy hog!
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I am so envious!! Really wonderful nail trimming job. I have read every post I can find on Hedgehog Central, watched every You Tube video there is on the subject, and am still failing miserably at keeping Weedle's nails properly trimmed. I have owned him since Christmas(my first hedgie, you can probably guess), and he is about two years old. He will come out of his ball during a foot bath, but seems terrified to have his feet touched and struggles to climb my arm, get out of my grip, anything to escape. He's a grumpy hedgie by nature anyway, and that makes it worse. He has several front claws curling under now and I don't want to take him to the vet to be put under!!! I just hate it that he gets so stressed out & that nearly each time he is taken out, it's to get "tortured" again!

Well, thanks for your post - it must be possible, & I will keep trying! :-S
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wonderful pics indeed!!!
but how often you should trim a hedgie's nails?
I'm afraid we should do it too but our lovely Unariccia after 2 weeks and a half with us is still very squirmy when we hold her and I foresee it's gonna be a real tricky job!!
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It depends on the hedgehog. I had some that I cut their nails weekly, and others that seemed to hardly ever need it. I trim nails on an as needed basis.
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Wow. Great pictures, and great job with the nail clipping! Perfect length.

I absolutely hate clipping the inside nails on the front feet. They tend to curl at a much shorter length and it's hard to position the nail clippers just right AND deal with a squirmy hog!
I still haven't attempted Diggory's inside nails...I thought they looked fine since they are higher up but I know they are curlier than the others. I just haven't figured out how I am going to get to them... Maybe I will try tonight.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I succeeded yesterday evening!!!!
she stayed still on my hand...annointing her paws and giving me enough time to calm down and trim at least the longest nails she had!!!
I couldn't take anysnapshot but both mommy&daddy were very proud on how she behaved!!!! (3 meal worms as a reward!!!) eheheheh
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Recently, Galactica has become INCREASINGLY more squirmy and active and she made it IMPOSSIBLE to clip her nails. After scouring the internet, this forum, and youtube...I still failed.

What did NOT work for me, but MAYBE for others!
-clipping nails during a foot bath
-clipping nails right after a bath
-putting a sm. piece of fleece over her head so she can't "see" what i'm doing.
-holding her in my hand and waiting until she is relaxed enough to hang her feet out.
-holding her on my hand while she is unrolled as i attempt to get clippers underneath her feet

What HAS helped is ALOT of patience, multiple attempts, and lots of different techniques.

For us its been all about gauging her mood first. I know when it ISN'T going to happen. When she's fighting it so hard she spends the entire time just balled up and clicking. Tonight, she was in a curious mood but not hyperactive. Perfect nail clipping mood!!!! I let her relax first by just having her walk around calmly, petting her so often and just touching her feet. Usually this
warns her enough without scaring her.

Then: in a well lit room I have her on a couch. A bed would work too! I crouch down on the floor so I'm eye level with her. Then as she walks by me, I firmly grab a foot and carefully *but quickly* clip a few nails. Sometimes she will let me hold the foot for longer and I get the whole foot. The front feet are THE WORST to get because she ball up and catch my fingers! *ouch!* Doing the front paws was done tonight by having her walk around the couch until she was near the arm/end of the couch. Very gently, I grabbed a front paw while kind of cornering her on the side of the couch so she had nowhere to go. She struggled a bit, but then kind of gave up and let me cut her nails. Every once in a while she would move her head around in attempt to bite me or escape.
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