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Old 04-27-2020, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Finally I can ask a fun question! Just before my hedgehog’s most recent surgery (removed a tumor, she’s doing great), she had a really awful bathing experience. It seems that no matter how shallow I make her baths or how much I work to keep my hand under her head, she always manages to plunge her little nose in the water. She also is a freaking ninja with her escaping techniques, so frankly I want to find a way to make baths as infrequent as possible. As it is, I only bathe her every 3 months unless I notice her skin seems dry sooner, but I have read a handful of things about sand baths. I would love to give her something more enriching now that all of her stitches are out, but I am not sure what brands to get or how best to set it up. Does anyone have any suggestions for good containers and sand (I’ve been looking at reptile sand as the “best” chinchilla sand option has recently been described as dust)? I’m located in the US, and her cage has lots of free space to be utilized (currently just filled with lots of soft hides and her wheel).
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Old 04-27-2020, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I use cat litter in my hedgehog's cage which is mainly for her to pee and poop in, which she does. But I've noticed recently that she likes to roll around in it sort of like a sand bath, which really does keep her very clean. Plus she likes to groom herself afterwards. I don't know much about sand baths but if your hedgehog is litter trained you could consider using a sand-like cat litter in her cage, and it should double as a bath whenever she wants. I don't know what other people will say about this but here's a website with a helpful section on sand baths if you scroll down a little bit!
Also I'm so glad your hedgehog is doing well after her surgery!
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Old 04-28-2020, 03:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I use reptile sand that hasn't got any dies or the calcium added.

I put it on a separate fleece blanket to the one I put down in the playpen because the sand gets literally everywhere! So the extra fleece makes it easier when cleaning cause I just carefully wrap it up then shake it off outside.
She gets to use it whenever she wants in the play pen. Its just easier for me to give it to her that way.

The problem with using a cat litter, is that its likely to be dust, (some may not be but most will be) and rolling around in that isnt the best of ideas.
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Old 04-28-2020, 02:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you! I have a spare mat that I was going to try out underneath whatever container I end up using, but I suspect she’ll track it everywhere regardless. I will definitely try some reptile sand out!
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