My Mani and Pedi

For weeks Mom tried to trim my nails, but I’m deeply protective of my feet (you know, I need them to run on my wheel for about two hours straight in the middle of the night). I huff up every time she attempts it and because she doesn’t want to hurt me, she’s let it go. Meanwhile, my nails get longer and longer.

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Mom tried to get a picture of my mani and pedi, but I managed to foil that plan.

You may not know this, but hedgehog toenails have a blood supply—called the kwik—that grows partway into them so that if you cut our nails too short, they’ll bleed. The longer our nails go without a trim, the further forward the blood seeps. You can’t just trim back a super-long nail to a reasonable length or it bleeds; you have to trim it back little by little to force the blood supply back.

Last night I was chilling with Mom and she managed to sneakily trim my nails while I was dozing. She couldn’t trim them much, but it’s a start. I’ll have to be on my guard lest she get another trim in while I’ve been drugged on belly rubs.

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Grandpa’s not the only cuddler in the family. After refusing to get my nails cut and exhausting Mom, she hoists me off on Grandma for a while. We sweep and mop together; it’s fun.

 

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