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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-18-2007, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Degu Nails toooo long

I have had my degus for 2 years now-They have 2 cages an aquarium that I put them in at night so I don't have to hear them running in the wheel or biting the cage when I sleep lol but i have a tall 3 level cage with a wheel, plenty of branches, a house and a box I fill with their dust bath. I was just wondering is there any reason their nails are becoming so sharp and what can I put in their that would make them scratch more to unsharpen their nails (they're not terribly long- just a little , but sharp!).
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2007, 06:38 AM
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In my experience all degu nails are sharp and i have the scratch marks to prove it In the wild they would be running over rocks, logs and rough sandy ground so this would keep the nails trimmed, in captivity they don't have all these things so the nails tend to get longer. Degus by nature will chew at them and keep them some what trimmed but to us they feel like little pins. I have rocks in my boys cages that they have to scramble over and this helps take the edge off them as do wooden branches, anything that they have to scramble over helps. As a last resort you could always consider trimming the nail if you was careful, you would just need to take the very tip off with a set of nail clippers but it depends on how wriggly your degus are whether it would be possible to do this or not

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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I agree!

I've got rocks too in the base of my cage (although it doesn't seem to make a huge difference to the number of scratches!)

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-19-2007, 04:56 PM
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Hmm, that's funny. When I first got my degus a couple years ago they had sharp nails but now they aren't...I never get scratched o_0.

Mine do have a pumice stone and a bunch of different wooden platforms and things...

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