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Old 01-21-2019, 08:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just saw my boy's nails. It has feces stuck in them. Now I know why he has this. We got him a wheel which he has been running on excessively, and I saw some feces smeared on the wheel, so he most likely went on it while running, so now his nails are dirty.

Now, I need to ask if he will clean it on his own or do I have to clean it?
And if I have to clean it, how?

Second, are they capable of trimming their own nails by biting them, or is it a must to trim them yourself?
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Hedgehogs poop while running and they will get dirty feet. You will need to clean his wheel daily, and possibly give him foot baths daily to keep his feet healthy. There are a few out there that will clean their own feet.

You will need to trim their nails. Some will bite them and keep them down, but they don't do a good job of it and you will need to monitor their length and trim when needed.
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Old 01-22-2019, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you. How do I give him a foot bath? Do I just place his feet in water and rub it or to I use a brush?

What nail trimmer should I use? A normal one humans use, or a one for dogs, or scissors?
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Footbaths are a small amount of water so it just covers their feet and the use a tooth brush to just brush it off their feet.

However Holly being Holly doesnt like water at all so since its a daily task I get warm water on a bit of cloth and wipe her feet, and sometimes I need to the toothbrush for getting some of it off.

For trimming nails I just use normal nail sciccors. Some people use baby nail clippers, some use small animal nail clippers. Its more of a personal preference and which you prefer to use.
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Ok great, thank you. Igor hates water aswell, so I'll try the cloth technique and ask for an old toothbrush I can use.

As for the trimming... I'm so scared to attempt it. But I'll see if we have baby nail trimmers, and if we don't, I'll use the small nail trimmer.

Is there a certain technique to hold the hedgehog or look at the nail so that you don't cut into the nerve of the nail?
I'm super scared of nail trimming. I don't even trim a dog's nails. I let other people do it for me.
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Most people cut them in the bath.

What I do is I hold Holly on my chest, clean her foot, dry it and then cut the nails dont cut or cut too close to the pink thats their quick. And I'll give her 10-15 mins between each one we can get all four feet done in one evening. I also bribe with insects if shes gettin really stressed by it.

Sometimes, I'll get my mum to cut the nails, say after doing one or two feet she starts to being really aggitated, I'll give her a little while and try again, but with me holding her with two hands and my mum cutting the nails.

Other ways are just wait for them to fall asleep see which leg they stick out and cut the nail before the relise whats happening.

I stroke Holly's feet too durning bonding so that shes used to them being touched so its not as bad when it comes to cutting and cleaning them.
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Thank you, I'll definitely try that. I'll start with rubbing his feet while bonding, or attempt trimming his nails while sleeping.

I don't have anyone willing to help me cut his nails, so its a solo mission.
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Since I'm awake, I might aswell mention, I did trim his nails, but I accidentally cut his front left paw's middle toe a little too short and it started bleeding. Gosh, I felt and still do feel so bad. It didn't bleed alot, so I'm thankful for that, and he doesn't seem to be in any pain.

I gave him an apple as an apology. Guess its an eye for an eye, since he bit me first. Nah, I can't think like that. He was scared and frustrated with me, so he bit me. I really do feel guilty about his toe though.
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Give them treats they fogive you after !! Honestly a lot of people do it.
Put a bit of corn flour on apply a little pressure to it and it stops in no time just watch him a little while after

If hes food orientated you could hive him stand up with a bowl of treats and then while hes busy eating just carfully cut the nails.
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Heh I immediately went and gave him a treat.
He isn't really food oriented. I can try with treats though, holding it up and making him stand up. Its a pretty good strategy. Thank you!
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