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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Question nail trimming advice please

haveing trouble clipping my rats nails any advice would be greatly apprecited. they are getting quite long and rather annoying, an a lil painfull. How do you keep them calm enough to get the job done. thanks in advance
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-13-2010, 09:43 PM
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i hold my rat on my couch arm rest, standing on her backlegs, since she's holding herself up she doesn't move her feet and i cut those, and then I hold her front paw between my fingers and cut those. Takes patience but it works! you could always just file them, it's less dangerous if they move!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2010, 02:40 PM
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You can also try putting a brick (that you've baked in the oven to kill anything that may be on it) in their cage, put it where you know they'll climb on it, I have one for my rats, I put it near their food bin, that way they wear down the nails. My rats are mostly all polydactyl, so it's important to keep that extra toe nail clipped short!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-16-2010, 01:35 AM
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I bought a pack of cheap nail files and let my rats play with them (supervised of course) It helped at wearing down the front nails.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-02-2010, 04:41 AM
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i have 2 bits of wood in the cage which i gued on some fine grit sandpaper, one is on a 45 degree andgle against the side of the cage to climb up and king of the hill on and the other one i lay flat infront of the food/water bowl. seems to help a lil with makeing them less like getting attacked by the preditor when ones on your shoulder
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