Hedgehogs are naturally pretty clean animals, but at times your pet hedgehog may get dirty. Here are some tips on how to safely give your hedgehog a nice bath.
Giving Your Hedgehog a Full Bath
- Facial or Soft Toothbrush
- Baby or Dog Shampoo
- Toenail Trimmer
- Olive Oil
Start by running a gentle stream of warm water in a sink with the drain open and washcloth covering the drain. Place your hedgehog under the stream avoiding the face. A facial brush or soft toothbrush can be used with baby shampoo or dog shampoo to gently brush the quills, underbelly and feet. Rinse off shampoo.
This may be a good time to trim toenails as well. Use a warm damp washcloth to clean dirt from the face. A few drops of olive oil can be added to the bath as a final step to moisturize the skin.
Make sure to dry your hedgehog off well with a towel and place him in a warm spot until fully dry. Now is the perfect time for a warm snuggle!
Foot Baths for Hedgehogs
Hedgehogs often have dirty feet from running on the wheel in their cage. Since hedgehogs often go potty while running on their wheel, these dirty feet are given the name “poopy boots”.
Instead of a full bath, sometimes a foot bath is all that is necessary. To give your hedgie a foot bath, you can line the bottom of a bathtub with a few washcloths and add 1/2″ of warm water. Then, let him run around and clean his feet. This is usually less stressful than a full bath. But, be sure to take him out before the water cools. A few minutes is usually adequate time.
If the feet are especially dirty, you can use a facial brush or toothbrush with baby shampoo to clean the toes.
You can also purchase a hedgehog bathing kit to keep in your bathroom so you are ready for hedgie bath time!