How I Clean Up After Playtime: Hedgehogs

If you’ve ever taken an hedgehog out to play, or your hedgehog is anything like my little Sinbad, they’ve used the bathroom while their out and they have no regrets over it. So I have a few tips and tricks to help you clean up after your hedgie has used the bathroom during your playtime

Play in the Kitchen

If you don’t know this I do my best to make sure that I play with Sinbad in the kitchen. I do this because it’s the easiest surface to clean and it saves so much time. the other reason I do this is because often times I’m making and eating dinner while I have Sinbad out because I get home from work late and eat late. He seems to not mind it, so I’m fine with it. He lies to try to steal my food, but typically that doesn’t last very long because I take it back and I eat it instead.

Pick Up The Toys

The first thing that I do once I put Sinbad back in his cage is feed him, but the second thing is to pick up his toys. I do this so that it’s always cleaned up and put away. That way my apartment doesn’t look cluttered or messy, and I find that it really helps. I also spot clean all of the toys during this so that they stay really clean between their monthly toy cleanings.

Pick Up the Poop, Mop up The Pee

So after everything is put away I pick up all of the poop and pee. I used to do this with paper towels, but those things add up after a little and they’re really bad for the environment, so I started to use washcloths instead. I just watched for them to be on sale, and I picked up some all white ones for Sinbad and some yellow ones for Lucia. At the end of the week I just throw these in with the fleece laundry that I have to do for Sinbad, and they’re  a great reusable way to clean up. I do have to say that I will bleach Sinbad’s every other months so that they stay sanitary, but for Lucia’s her’s are pretty fine never being bleached because only her pee gets on them, and it doesn’t stink as bad as Sinbad’s poop.

Sweep

So next I sweep up whatever is on the floor. this is because often times some bedding or something will already be on the floor. I also try to sweep once the kitchen once a day anyway, so it kills two birds with one stone.

Mop

Sinbad is pry the only reason I caved and let my mom buy me a Swiffer. I mop the floor really quickly (maybe 3 minutes) and it’s 100% clean again, like Sinbad was never there. Although I guess you don’t need to do this every day I do live with a roommate and I try to be considerate of her. It also bothers me a little bit that my pet used the floor as a bathroom at some point and I make my food right there. It’s not a big deal, though, and some nights I honestly don’t do it if I was able to get a lot of it up with the washcloth.

So that’s how I clean up after playtime with Sinbad at night.

If you have any good tips for carpet cleaning let me know, because I still haven’t been able to master that.

See you soon,

~Amanda

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Quilling 101

If you are interested in having a pet hedgehog, or just got a new hedgehog, one of the first problems you’ll come across is your hedgehog quilling.

16387098_10206033963607859_2621541216013510297_nQuilling is the time in your hedgehog’s life where it starts to loose it’s quills/spines and regrow larger and sharper ones. This happens because as your hedgehog grows he/she needs to be able to protect themselves, so their spines/quills will need to be larger in order to do this in the wild. This typically happens when your hedgehog is around 6 weeks, 2 months, and 3-5 months old. They can also occasionally have ‘seasonal’ quillings, which are smaller and don’t typically last as long. It’s more of the process of losing broken or damaged quills and making new ones.

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New Hedgie!

On January 8th we welcomed a brand new little bud into our family! Although while I’m writing this he doesn’t have a name we are so excited to have him here with us. He is nothing like Gatsby was, but he’s energetic and curious and really brave. He’s a sweet heart and is a great addition to our family that we are so happy to have.

So here’s our adventure of going to get our little bud and his time so far with us.

Enjoy!

~Amanda

Pet Stockings?

If you’re like Kurt and I we spoil our pets, and Christmas is no exception. We do, though, have to control ourselves so Gatsby and Lucia each have a small stocking at each house (my apartment, my parent’s house, and Kurt’s parent’s house). Each stocking gets a few small things and each pet gets a larger present that we open for them when we are with them. (Gatsby normally is at my parent’s house so we open his gift with him on Christmas Eve and Lucia’s gift is opened Christmas day when we’re with her at Kurt’s parent’s house.) This not only helps us not spend a ton of money, but it also gets our families involved a little.

So today I wanted to talk about some fun stocking stuffers that you can use for your pets to fill their stockings this Christmas!

Treats!

Treats will always be your pet’s favorite, and some seasonal treats are always great! For Dogs and Cats these treats are easy to find at your local pet store, but for some smaller or less common animals try some seasonal vegetables, fruits, and nuts. For Lucia we always give her a few walnuts (which I can never find except around Christmas time) and for Gatsby we typically give him some turkey, cranberries or pumpkin. (I sometimes sneek him a half a bite of pie, but you shouldn’t give them too much of it or very often. It’s a SMALL once a year treat for him.)

Toys

This is simple, but your pet toys to put into their stockings! They’ll love it!

Decorations

If you want to add some decorations to your pet’s cage you can throw a few decorations into their stockings. It isn’t so much of a them treat as a you treat, but it’s something fun! You can also get some chewable decorations for your small animals so that it can serve two purposes instead of just one.

Outfits

I’m not always a fan of pet clothing, but cute little outfits for them to wear that day can always be fun for them and for you. You can get them a new sweater, a hat, or even a bow tie! (Gatbsy is going to get a tutu this year, shhh…. don’t tell him.)

So those are some small stocking stuffer ideas for your pet this Christmas. What is your pet getting for Christmas? Let me know in the comments down below!

See you soon,

~Amanda

Being Away From My ESA

14705862_10205365710061938_899463526611345550_nHello again all,

this isn’t really an educational post, it’s much more a journal post about what I’ve been feeling the last few weeks while I’ve been away from Gatsby. If you don’t know Gatsby is my ESA, and life can be a little bit hard without him. So, I wanted to post this journal in order to show everyone how much animals can help with mental illness, and to sort of break the silence that comes with mental illness.

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