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Old 09-22-2019, 08:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I got my hedgehog from someone else who had him for about a year and a half and never learned to cut his nails. she used to take him to the store where she got him and they would cut them for free. I’ve since moved states and am attempting to cut them myself, but i’m having a VERY hard time.

I don’t think his previous owner socialized him very well- he’s very timid and a biter. I’ve read tips and tricks but I still can’t seem to get it done! any more tips i can try or should i just call a vet?
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Old 09-22-2019, 09:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey! I’d first recommend using the vet as a LAST resort option; if your hedgie isn’t comfortable with you then they won’t be with the vet in which case they’ll Most likely put your hog under anesthesia which is a risk in itself. I trim Christina’s nails any time I have to give her a foot bath. She’s definitely a timid girl and doesn’t like touches a whole lot, but I’m able to hook my finger around each of her feet this way and trim them up. I’ve also found that pet clippers (at least the ones I’ve used) still tend to be too large/awkward for their nails so I just use a straight edge human fingernail clipper!
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Old 09-23-2019, 02:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You need to find what is comfortable for both of you, you can sit him on a tennis racket this way the nail pokes the little square and you can cut the nails better.
Or anything that is similar in the pattern to the tennis racket

Have two people, one person hold him while the other holds the foot and cuts the nail.

You can try in a foot bath, If your hedgehog is okay with being in the water that long.

Nest him in a blanket on his back so he is supported hold a leg lightly then as soon as he is still hold it a little tighter to cut the nails.

Do it while they are asleep so he doesnt fully notice and have fleece over his head to make him feel safe

Give him food so he is distracted with food while you take the feet to cut, this only really works with food motivated hogs.
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Old 09-25-2019, 09:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hello! I use baby nail clippers so they are less intimidating. I usually try to cut Twiggy's nails when she is relaxed and resting on me. Even still, I never get a lot of nails clipped at once. I get a few clipped and then she starts fidgeting. So, I wouldn't expect your hedgehog to let you do them all/many in one sitting. Also, I would suggest getting your baby used to you touching his feet. When Twiggy is resting on me, I also stroke her feet and give her little foot rubs so she doesn't mind me going near her feet. That may make him more comfy when you are trying to cut his nails. I just stroke her foot and hold it up a bit so I can trim and she lets me do 1-2 at a time. 3 if I'm lucky! Hope this helps!
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I use a Kaytee pro-nail trimmer. Our best method is with a partner. You have one person hold the hog in their arms and just let him wander around while holding him. As he wanders he's going to dangle paws here and there, and when he's paused the other partner can swoop in and clip them. This works best on the back legs since you can come in from behind without them seeing you coming. Front legs are a little trickier but with a little practice, you can get the holding partner to block their vision with a cupped hand and make it easier for the cutting partner to swoop in and cut their front nails.
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