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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 01:58 PM Thread Starter
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Question Ideas for managing nail length

Hey everyone! I was just wondering if anyone has some good ideas for how to keep rats' nails down--without trimming them. My boys are a bit too hyper at this point to be able to pin them down to successfully (and painlessly) cut their nails.

I have heard rocks and bricks work--and I've got one for them, but it has only made a small difference so far. What about using a nail file? Would this be safe and effective for rat nails?

Other suggestions or ideas?


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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 06:42 PM
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I use the bird perches that file nails down, I don't remember what they are called at the moment, but they are bright pink (ok the ones I get are, I've seen them in other colors) But I've also used a baby nail file on my rats nails. It's something you have to get them used to while they are still young!

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The only other thing I know about, besides the rock thing is letting them run on shelves or the carpet can help keep them shorter.


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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 08:25 PM
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I used bricks and rocks and never had a problem with overgrown nails!




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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2009, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I think I'll try to get a brick and see if that works a bit better than the rock!


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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-15-2009, 08:55 AM
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i have no problem cutting louna's nails with my human nail cutter. i make her stand on her hind legs and hold her front paw, and when she's not moving i cut the very tip. And then still standing on her hind legs on the couch (soft surface so i can get under the nails) and it goes super fast!
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A pumice rock would probably work better than an ol' rock.
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