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Old 01-29-2017, 05:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Two days ago I got a hedgehog. I recently posted a question about how to bond with her as she is extremely timid. There's one more problem: she desperately needs a bath. I think her previous owners were neglectful towards the end because her cage looked like it hadn't been cleaned in a while and she was just as dirty. Her quills are noticeably dirty, her nails look overgrown, and she smells awful. I know it seems like common sense to just bathe her but I'm not sure how. She isn't used to me yet so she hisses and balls up every time I hold her. How can I bathe her without scaring her? I appreciate any tips given. Thank you in advance.
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Old 01-29-2017, 05:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Don't fill the bath too deep as hedgies can drown an inch of water should do
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Old 01-29-2017, 05:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This is a good website on hedgie care http://www.hellohedgehog.com/hedgehog-care
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Old 01-29-2017, 12:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Putting something in the bottom of the sink so they have more stable footing can help - a towel, a piece of bathmat, etc. Only use an inch or two of warm water - test the water with the inside of your wrist to make sure it's not too warm. Put her in butt-first so she has time to realize what's coming. Most hedgehogs will unball in water, but not all, so be careful. You don't want her to get water in her nose if you can help it, as that can cause a URI. You can use Aveeno oatmeal body wash for soap, it's gentle & shouldn't dry her skin out excessively. I just squeeze a couple drops into the water & stir it up. Then pour a little water over her with a cup & gently scrub her quills with a soft toothbrush or a washcloth.

I found that my girls were all afraid of running water in the sink, so I took them out when changing the water to clean water for rinsing. But some hedgehogs like it, so just depends - my friend had a rescue who actually was calmer for "showers", being held under the running water. You just have be VERY careful with that, especially if your faucet tends to change water temperature quickly. There have been hedgehogs burned by this happening before. For her first bath, I would take her out while changing water, personally. Rinse her with clean water, then dry her off. Make sure she's completely dry before you put her back in her cage - you'll want to make sure you have at least an hour to hold her afterwards so she has time to dry.

Just try to go quickly but without stressing her more & don't be surprised if she's extremely upset. Most hedgehogs aren't fans of water at all.
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Put a face cloth in the bottom of a sink and add about 1-2 inches of warm water. You can was him with Aveeno Baby Wash. Just pour water over him making sure to not get any in his eyes or ears. He will probably freak out from the water but most hedgehogs do.
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