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Handling Hedgums

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Hi all. I searched for this with no luck so any advice could help.

I understand that dropping hedgies or them falling can result to very serious injuries. Mt question is concerning handling them and how tight is too tight. I try to use my judgment and common sense but in situations such as clipping toenails and putting Vaseline on his ears I sometimes get spooked that I could hurt him. He doesn't cry or scream when I am handling him during these tough situations but I also know that when hedgies fall and hurt themselves internally they will often continue on as business as usual. My concern is mainly that i need to get his hygenic care done but I do not want to hurt him in the process.

What are your experiences or comments? How fragile are hedgies?

Thank you.
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I'd do any kind of nail clipping or other hedgie-hygiene type thing while seated on the floor with hedgie in your lap so there isn't really anywhere hedgie could fall from/to.

You can help get your hedgie used to nail clippings so that it's less of a struggle by playing with his footsies whenever you have him out to play. Just touch and hold gently without clipping and if he struggles during footsie play time, don't worry, just let his foot go (it's supposed to be happy footsie time; not stressful footsie time) and give him a mealie for being so patient.

When it is actual clipping time, I think most of us don't always get every nail in one sitting. You might just get one tonight and declare that a success and try again tomorrow. It also seems that different hogs & their humans have different styles of clipping... some do it in super-man pose... others in a relaxed ball. Just find a position where hedgie will let you play with his feet and go with it.

I suppose that's a long-winded way of saying that I'd advise finding a way that you and hedgie could cooperate rather than struggling against each other.
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