Hey! Clipping a hedgehogs nails can be difficult. I afraid I’m not of much help: Kiwi lets me clip her nails and doesn’t throw a fit :) You can try to keep the hedgehog close to you with the hand that you hold the clipper with, and use the other hand to hold the paw. If this doesn’t work, you can also try to clip the nails while the hedgehog is in a bath. You can find bathing time tips in my faq.
It’s perfectly fine to pet a hedgehog from front to back! Some hedgehogs really like to get petted. If she (your hedgehog) doesn’t raise her quills, she probably doesn’t mind at all. Just don’t stroke a hedgehog from back to front, they don’t like that, and you could even hurt yourself: the quills are quite sharp at the tips :)
I hope this is useful for you! ^-^
Let’s take a cute picture Kiwi!
…Wait… What are you doing?
Kiwi, I said cute, not terrifying! Oh well…
MY HEDGEHOG LOOKS LIKE A PIG fyi
A beautiful and adorable pig, that is :)
(The video shows Kiwi being dried with the hairdryer, she suddenly realizes that it feels really nice and relaxes. I had to remove the sound.)
Kiwi had a bath today! :) It is important that hedgehogs get dried off well after a bath, so that they don’t get sick. Some people use a hairdryer for this, and many hedgehogs seem to enjoy it! I decided to try it. If you do this, use the lowest heat and strength setting, and keep a lot of distance between the hairdryer and the hedgehog. Don’t use the hairdryer for too long either. Safety first!
Kiwi immediately enjoyed it very much. She was completely relaxed and showed off her belly so that it could dry better. She seemed to love it, and it was very sweet! ^_^ (However, I think that not every hedgehog may like this, some might get really scared because of the sound. So use with caution!)
When I placed Kiwi in her new cage, she found it a little bit scary, but she was also very curious. So, Kiwi decided to place her butt safely in her familiar fleece hiding hut but the rest sticking out, so that she felt safe and could inspect her new home at the same time! She sat there sniffing and looking around for a while :)
Hey everyone, I wanted to show you Kiwi’s new cage! I wanted her to have more space to run and explore. It’s a bit hard to see how big the cage is to scale, but it’s 145 x 72 cm so Kiwi has plenty of space to run around in it ^-^. Don’t worry about her escaping: it’s almost invisible but on the sides is plexiglass, so she can’t get out. Kiwi seems to be very happy with her new home! (◕‿◕✿)
This happens sometimes with young hedgehogs, because they have to get used to their new surrounding and they don’t have full control over their bladder/bowel movements yet. With some time it will most likely stop. However, if it happens with an adult hedgehog that you didn’t recently adopt, it is possible that (s)he is ill. I hope this helps you!