How To Bathe Your Hedgehog
Hedgehogs don't love bath time, but it's important to give them a bath every now and then to keep them clean and healthy. Here are a few tips to make bath time easier:
Use a shallow container filled with warm water. Hedgehogs don't like deep water, so a small tub or basin is ideal. Hedgehogs are very sensitive to temperature, so it's important to use water that is neither too hot nor too cold.
Add a towel or washcloth to the bottom of the container. This will give them something to grip, so they feel a bit more confident.
Gently lower your hedgehog into the water and let them wade around for a bit. They may not look like they're enjoying themselves, but it's important to let them get used to the water. Never leave your hedgehog unattended as they can easily drown!
Lather the soap with a toothbrush and gentle brush their quills. It can be helpful to fill a small bottle of water to pour over them gently to get the soap off. Be sure to rinse thoroughly.
Never use the shower head or faucet directly, as not only can the temperature change quickly, but the sound and force of the water is sure to terrify your little pet.
Be careful not to get water in your hedgehog's eyes, nose or ears! If they inhale water through their nose, it puts them at risk of developing a respiratory infection.
Once you've gotten all the soap off, carefully lift them out of the water and wrap them in a warm towel. It's nice if you can heat the towels in the dryer before wrapping your hedgehog in them. Pat them dry until they're completely dry. Never put a damp or wet hedgehog back in their cage, as they can get chilled and sick!
When a hedgehog is fresh from a bath, it can be a great time to trim their nails, as the nails will be softened after after soaking.
Bath Time Can Be Bonding Time With Your Hedgehog
Bathing a hedgehog can be tricky, as they are notoriously grumpy about getting wet. Be patient. It may take a little while for your hedgehog to adjust to the idea of being in the water. Try to make the bath time experience as positive as possible by offering treats and praise throughout. With a little patience and effort, bathing a hedgehog can be a fun activity for both you and your prickly friend, and they may even eventually enjoy it!
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