Bathing Your Hedgehog
My hedgehogs are all African Pygmys. These little guys need to be kept above 70 degrees at all times. Less than this can result in hibernation and may even put your pet at risk for illness. Hedgehogs should live in temperatures between 72 and 85 degrees. This will keep your hedgehog happy:)
It is important to use a heat source if you do not keep a room between 72 and 85 degrees or if your hedgehog's cage is kept on the floor. I prefer hedgehog cages be at least a couple feet off the drafty floor, away from direct heat or cold (windows, vents and ducts, fans, outside doors, heaters and air conditioning units.) It's important when using
a heat lamp that you are using a red bulb or a red flood light bulb. Nocturnal animals
can not see the red light so it will not disrupt their sleep schedule, as using a regular white bulb as a heat source
would. It is also a GREAT idea to place a thermometer in or next to your hedgehog's cage so you can always
tell if your hedgehog is to hot or to cold! I like to grab a clamp lamp from Walmart and a red flood light bulb,
it costs less and works great!
On top of keeping your hedgehog's cage clean, you will need to keep your little quilled friend clean as well! I give my hedgies a bath about once a month. It tends to depend on the hedgehog, some seem to stay cleaner than others. Bath time should still stay around about once a month.
I use baby shampoo and a soft toothbrush,
"for all those hard to reach places" L.O.L., (between their quills) those under nail scrubbers with the little handles work well also.. Any tear free shampoo works great! It will more than likely get in their eyes at some point and NO one or animal likes shampoo in the eye! Then remember to rinse and rinse again, it's very important to get ALL the shampoo off of them and their bellies too...
I use bath time to check and see if toe nails need trimmed. Also depends on the hedgehog but should be done about once a month.. I use finger
nail clippers. You can also use baby nail or cat clippers if you choose. Make sure as with all animals to cut above
the blood line! This is easy to tell because hedgehogs nails are white or clear in color.
Remember it is always better to leave them a little long than it is to cut them to short!!! OUCH!
There is a good chance your hedgehog wont like getting his or her nails trimmed, this is why bath time is best. They wont curl up in a ball as long as they are in the water so it is possible to trim their nails under the water, as long as you can see what your doing.. Or what I do is- I set on the edge of the sink, I place a few inches of water in the sink, I place a thick winter glove on one hand and do the scrubbing and trimming with the other. The glove helps because if they do decide to bite they can't get through the glove and also they don't relate you with the glove, so no hard feelings later:) I place them in the water and get a hold of one of their little legs (above the joint or they will be able to pull it away from you) and place them on their back on a folded up towel and then clip the nails on each foot and again and again till I am done. Dry them the best that you can and put them back in their cage and let them settle back down. They may be upset for a while, don't worry they will calm down in a few minutes...
Be careful and Good Luck :)