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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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I was holding both the gerbils yesterday and they climbed up my arm, and I noticed they're nails are REALLY sharp! What i'm asking is, do you clip them or leave them alone? They're really squirmy. My guess is no, but still doesn't hurt to ask

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-11-2009, 09:46 PM
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You don't have to, they can grind them down. I don't know about gerbils, but I have heard of putting a brick right next to the food dish, so they sorta scratch on it....please correct me if I am wrong. You can trim them with baby clippers, you just have to be very careful and not cut them to short. If you do you can cut the soft pink part (the quick).


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well i wouldnt clip my gerbil nails but they need them to clime dont they?

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-12-2009, 03:55 PM
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It also works well to put a brick infront of the water bottle, so they have to stand on it to drink.
When I had hammies/gerbils, I just let their nails get long. Its probably not very good to do that, but I didnt know about the brick thing or want to clip them, and it didnt seem to bother the hams/gerbils at all.



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