Hedgehog (20 Pics): Care, Pros and Cons

#19 How to wash a hedgehog at home?

You can bathe a hedgehog at home only if it is a healthy adult animal. Small newborn hedgehogs, as well as sick weak animals, should not be washed. Take a basin and fill it with warm water no higher than 34.8 degrees Celsius. The water level should not exceed 5 cm. Instead of a basin for bathing a domestic hedgehog, you can use a sink, the main thing is to monitor the temperature of the water.

By supporting the hedgehog under the head and chest, you can lower it into the water. You need to let the hedgehog get comfortable, but don't let him swim. Wash the hedgehog's belly and legs, then the bark and needles. Do not pour water on the face, otherwise, the hedgehog may get scared. To wash the hedgehog's needles, you can use a toothbrush and neutral baby shampoo, which should be rinsed thoroughly. After washing, the hedgehog can be wrapped in a towel. But in no case dry it with a hairdryer and protect your pet from drafts.

#20 Interesting facts about hedgehogs

The ancient Romans used hedgehog skins for combing sheep.

Gypsies eat hedgehogs, and fried hedgehogs are a favorite Gypsy dish.

Serbs treat alcoholism with urine and use the animal's heart as a talisman against diseases.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the McDonalds restaurant chain killed many unfortunate hedgehogs. Glasses from the popular McFlurry ice cream ended up in the trash, which the sweet-tooth hedgehogs did not fail to take advantage of. The animals gladly licked the remnants of ice cream, sticking their heads into the neck of the glass, and could not pull it back out because of the too unsuccessful diameter of the container. As a result, thousands of hedgehogs died, actually walled up in glasses. As a result of protests by animal defenders, the diameter of the mouths of the glasses was changed, and the animals stopped dying.

Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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