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05-20-2011 11:31 PM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

Yeah, that's a hedgie dismissal: the hedgie bum (equivalent to the 'bird' methinks).

And there's nothing quite like having a hedgehog sniff you and turn up his nose in disgust.
05-20-2011 10:52 PM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

HAHA! Slash does that as well. Just earlier, I was talking to him and was petting his butt and after 10 minutes or so, he turned around and dug his head under his fleece. It's like he dismissed our play time. lol He's such a king.
05-19-2011 10:26 AM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

I don't think we know why they anoint. The besut guess, IMHO, is to cover themselves in the 'new' scent so they appear invisible.

After watching Snarf hide his head under a blanket and think I can't see him, I tend to go with this theory.
05-19-2011 08:29 AM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

I managed to get all of his back legs done. Last night, I put him in his plastic bin so I could clean his cage and he could run a do his business. I have tried SEVERAL treats including eggs, banana, apples&blueberry baby food, and sweet potato baby food and he would refuse to go near them after one sniff. Last night, I gave him some cantaloupe and I have never seen a hedgie anoint before so when I saw him lick the cantaloupe and twisted his body and fell over onto his back, my heart skipped a beat. I was pretty sure it was safe and when I went to pick him up, I saw that his mouth was foaming and then I knew exactly what he was doing. It's so neat to watch. Do anyone know the exact reason why they do this?
05-18-2011 10:03 AM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

I didn't realize it was annoying for other people as well. He's my first hedgie and I've never had to trim any of my babies' nails before. I got all of of his back right foot done (which took almost an hour!) and now hearing what ya'll go through for just a couple snips, I'm grateful to have gotten that much done! I'm kinda scared to clip his nails while giving him a meal worm cause he kinda gets violent with it. lol its cute to watch cause it's like he's playing with his food but I just don't know how he'll react to me.
05-17-2011 11:46 PM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

I'm having a hard time with this as well. We have tried having someone hold her, but before we can grab the foot, she is into a ball.
05-17-2011 11:45 PM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

Originally Posted by KathyTNY
but I try to be calm and get what I can and get out!!!!

Always just baby steps.
Best. Advice. Ever.

That's why my goal is always one little nail...anything more is a bonus. And being calm probably makes the most difference!
05-17-2011 11:03 PM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

My new hog (a rehome) Pippin has never had his nail trimmed with his other family. They were horribly long and terribly dirty. I just got him on Saturday and have had NO CHOICE but to start him right out with a bath and tonight I JUST had to try and clip a couple of the bad nails.

I washed his poopy boots and he is quite a monkey about trying to climb out of the wash tub. So, while he spent all his strength on trying to climb out into the towel my daughter was holding I ways able to cut two of the really bad nails. It was hard, and I hate to stress him out so early in our relationship ...... but I try to be calm and get what I can and get out!!!!

Always just baby steps.

Good luck!
05-17-2011 05:39 PM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

I use Hercsmom's method. Snarf is the WORST with baths and nails...he hates having his feet touched in general, never mind someone messing with them. But...if I just try to do one nail while he's having a footbath...just one...eventually they all get done. I use the kitchen sink and when he's facing away from me, I hook a finger around a foot, hang on for dear life and take a snip. It's a quick snip and I never get much cuz I err on the side of the least blood loss, but at least one nail gets a bit of a trim.

Snarf's vet does nail trims as part of their regular exam and will trim the nails for free in between visits. So that may be an option for you, too.

You can only do what you can do.
05-17-2011 02:15 PM
Re: Cutting a fussy hedgie's nails.

Distractions go over big in my house. I put him in the sink in a footbath, and then give him a mealie. He's so busy nomming he doesn't notice me grab a foot and do a couple nails. Also, even if you only do 1 or 2 nails a night, it's better than nothing at all, at least until Slash is used to it.
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