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Old 04-22-2014, 02:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Cutting nails on a cranky hedgie

I just rescued a albino hedgie last week shes 2 to 3 years old and she is still getting used to me and is uncurling yet and every time i move or talk to her she huffs and pops. But her toe nail are in serious need of being cut, they are way to long and must be uncomfortable for her.

What is the easiest way to cut her nails with out stressing her out to much. I've only made a little progress bonding with her and I don't want to take steps back

Thanks for the help!
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would work the bath angle. She will be forced to uncurl and give you access to those feet. Just make sure to keep her head above water obviously. She should be relaxed for a little while after if you aren't comfy doing it in the bath. I tend to cut demi's nails after her bath before she starts to squirm all over the place by getting one leg in between my fingers n clipping. I don't think a bath will set you back too far trust wise. She prob needs a good foot bath after a couple days of running anyway. Oh and when all else fails distract her with food. Mealworms or fruit...somethin she likes to eat. Gl!
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Old 04-22-2014, 03:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Seconding the bath idea! It's easiest for me to get their feet without them curling up when they're in an inch or two of water, and you'll also have clean toes to work with. xD What I've had to do is gently hold them against the side of the sink, so I can make sure their heads stay out of the water and to be able to get a good hold on those tiny feets. Another thing is speed; Obviously until you both get comfortable and in a routine it might be difficult, but the fast you can clip their nails the less time they have to get wiggly!

And if she starts to get wiggly, let her go and give her a few minutes to walk around and have a break before you scoop her up again. I have to do this with Tembo, so bath time can last a while, but I can get most of his toes clipped in one sitting that way. I also give him mealies after bath time/nail clipping as a treat for putting up with it! :'D
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks I'll definitely try the bath tonight and I am going to try chicken tonight I tried strawberries last night and she didn't like it too much
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