Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Bathe a hedgehog


So your hedgehog annointed with something unpleasant and needs a bath? To begin, assemble your bath necessities.
  • No-tears formula baby shampoo (a trial size will last a long time)
  • Soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Towels for drying
A utility or kitchen sink works well, filled with two to three inches of warm water. Some hedgehogs enjoy a bath and will even swim in deeper water, but others will struggle and constantly attempt to climb out of the sink. (Common sense note: if your hedgehog does take a fancy to swimming, never, ever, leave them unattended in the water!) Hedgehogs will often poop in the water, so be prepared.

Lather a little shampoo in your hands and rub your pet down. We have more luck washing the underbelly first and then the quills. Once the quills have been nicely lathered, use the toothbrush to very gently get between the quills, particularly if your little friend has gotten into something particularly unpleasant. Rinse thoroughly. Sometimes, we reserve a large plastic cup full of warm water for rinsing if the hedgehog has decided to soil her bathwater. Pay special attention to the feet, which tend to become very dirty. You can use the toothbrush here as well. Once your hedgehog is clean, dry her in towels.

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