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Some hedgehogs are easier than others. This is a great video on how to clip a grumpy hedgehog’s nails by Chylo U.

anonymous asked:

Im considering getting a hedgehog within the next few months but first i want to get a basic over view of their care to make sure i can care for it properly. I don't have a room for a C&C cage, so what size of cage do hedgehogs need as a minimum?How do I pick one up with out getting pricked? (I don't mind getting pricked it would just be better to avoid it) What's brand of cat food do you recommend? Where did you get your heating system? And any other important things I should know about hedgies

Hello!

Well, there’s quite a bit that I can go on about if you let me (but it would be quite long). I’ve made quite a few posts already covering the basics. I can link them into categories for you so they’re easier to find. If you still have any specific questions or you’d like me to go more in-depth on a topic, you’re always welcome to message me or send another ask.

Before you get a Hedgehog:

Questions to Ask Yourself

On Hedgehogs and Money

Where to Get a Hedgehog

List of Hedgehog Breeders (in the U.S.)

On Budgeting your Supplies

Food:

Diet

How to Read Nutrition Labels

Healthy Treats

Harmful Foods

Other Toxic Items for Hedgehogs

Water Bottles vs. Water Dishes

Heating:

Pros vs. Cons of Various Heating Sources

Ceramic Heat Emitter (CHE) System (video)

Husbandry:

Various Types of Cages you can Use

C&C Cages

The Wheel

On Potty Training and Litter

Toys

On Hedgehogs in General:

Quilling

How to Socialize your Hedgehog

Hedgehog Personalities

Male vs. Female

Things to Have in your Hedgehog First Aid Kit

Anointing (behavior)

Nail Trimming

How to Scruff Your Hedgehog (for nail trimming)

On Overweight Hedgehogs

Things to Expect your Hedgehog’s First Week Home and Other General Tips

On Hedgehogs and Hamster Balls

Hedgehog care and adoption

Hi everyone! So I’ve gotten tons of questions about caring and adopting a hedgehog! I’ll answer a few things in this here text post just so you guys know what caring for one is like.

1. Daily maintenance includes: cleaning the water bowl (water bottles are not recommended as the hedgehog’s tongue may be caught in it), giving them food, and cleaning the cage (poop alert: they poop so much)

2. They need their nails trimmed every other week or so, every hedgehog is different, some hedgehog nails grow faster than other hedgehogs and you can tell when they need their manicure!

3. Baths! Yes, Cookie loves her baths, but if you bathe them too much, their skin will dry out and you’ll have an uncomfortable hedgehog! Every other week or weekly will be fine! Use a gentle baby Aveeno body wash so you know your hedgehog is clean and it’s skin isn’t dry!

4. Cage equipment: this is the most expensive part about getting a hedgehog, however, it’s just a one time ordeal. So what you need is a large cage with a FLAT surface! Don’t use one with a wire surface as their little legs are very delicate and will break if you use a wired bottom. They also need a heat source that will heat the cage around 72-80 degrees! Any colder and they’ll try to hibernate. Hedgehogs in the wild tend to not hibernate, so it’s bad if it does! You will also need a running wheel, an igloo, and ceramic food and water bowls!

5. Bedding: I personally just use puppy training pads as they’re convenient and absorbent. Do not ever use wood chips or any type of wood bedding because it will irritate your hedgehog! Fleece liners (fleece sheets cut to the size of your cage) are highly recommended as well!

6. Food: so here’s the deal, don’t use the store bought hedgehog food. Many of these foods contain ingredients that will make your hedgehog choke, or are poisonous to your hedgehog. I use cat food. One with 30-35% protein and 15% or less fat content! Treats include meal worms, crickets, grasshoppers, and lots of other foods that you can find online.

7. Guys, please do research if you’re planning on adopting a hedgehog! They’re new pets and lots of stores don’t know very much about them. Be sure they’re legal in your state and that you have the time to take care of them!

Hedgehog care: nail trimming

Trimming nails can be hard, especially with an uncooperative hedgehog. Try trimming the nails of a hissing bundle of quills… not an easy task!
So it’s no surprise I get asked about this a lot. I decided to make a post about nail trimming, where I explain some methods and show some examples.

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