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Hello everyone,
I just adopted my first hedgehog on Monday the 12th, and he seems to be starting to get used to me. He is a rehome, but I would be more likely to call it a rescue. Apparently the poor thing barely got any attention at all at his last home. The cage he came in was absolutely disgusting and looked like it was very rarely cleaned. The most immediate problem I'm having though is that he is VERY dirty. His quills look grimy all over, but the ones around his face and near his feet are positively caked with poop. Some of them are thick with it, and a couple are stuck together in all of the gunk. And it probably goes without saying, but he's pretty smelly! I feel terrible for the little guy, but I wanted to give him a few days before I upset him with the stress of a bath. So, any suggestions on how to clean the caked on poop without hurting him?

On a happier note, he seems to be warming up to me rather quickly. When I first brought him out of his cage, he was a huffing ball of quills, but it wasn't long before he was out exploring. He snuffles around and seems very curious, but he'll twitch and raise his quills if he hears a noise or sees a sudden movement. All normal hedgie behaviour, as far as I can tell.

I'm very happy to have taken in this little guy, and I'm going to do the absolute best that I can to provide him with the best possible life and care. Thanks!
 

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Thanks for the tips! I ended up bathing him a couple days ago and it went pretty well. I bought some oatmeal wash for him and used a new toothbrush to gently scrub between his quills. He didn't love the bath, but he didn't seem to hate it either. He's lovely and clean now though, and almost looks a different colour than when I got him! :lol:

I ended up finding him on craigslist. His owners couldn't take care of him any more, and said they hadn't really had time to get to know him or give him the attention he deserved. They were his second owners, and I'm not really sure where he was before that. Regardless, he's becoming a friendly, curious little guy and is settling in nicely.
 
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