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Old 01-07-2009, 04:49 AM   #11
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Default Re: Are your hamster's nails too long?

Sorry for posting on a really old topic but any advice for trimming a robo's nails?

We tried Ole last night and I think we managed 3 before he started getting stressed about it. Is it to just keep doing a few a night until they're done or better to get it all done in one go? It just seems to be his front nails that are too long... He has a sand bath and frequently gets given monkey nuts.

Robo paws are just so tiny and squirmy!

It ok to use baby scissors as I found the animal clippers so clumsy to use, scared I was going to cut his toe off by accident?!
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Old 01-07-2009, 10:38 AM   #12
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Yes it is fine to just do one or two a night. Try and do them while they are still a bit dozy. Thats what we do and we use nail scissors and wear magnifying glasses.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:31 AM   #13
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Thanks! Looks like we'll be trying for another few for tonight! Have bought baby nail scissors and one of those styptic pens now just in case. Like the magnifying glass trick too - not sure I have one of them in the flat - poo!

Luckily, he appars to have forgiven us for last night already so hoping then grudge won't last too long tonight either! (He wouldn't come near me last night and turned away from me even though I had his fav strawberry yog drop on my hand! )
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Old 01-18-2010, 03:42 AM   #14
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I have to take one of my Robos to the vet for nail trimming, we're off this afternoon as it goes.

Jam my Agouti is very good, he stays perfectly still while I trim all his nails, the most he will ever do is slowly tuck the foot you're working on in for a second, then let it out again.

The Cloud my Platinum is the oppostite end of the spectrum. Try to pick him up by his scruff and he actually screams, then if he can bites. I tried a few times with him but we weren't getting anywhere at all, and he was clearly finding it far too stressful. Even the nurse at the vets can't do him, we have to wait for the vet who pins him down so he can't move. The Cloud glares at him with hatered while he's trimmed, then sulkes in the corner for about two hours afterwards and refuses to go back to bed incase he's plucked from there again for more trimming!
He is generally highly strung to be fair though, you'd never think they were brothers!
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Old 01-28-2010, 06:05 AM   #15
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I am very squeemish with the nail clippers and I find it difficult to get either my rats or hammie done without stressing us all out. My ferret was even worse! I use an emery board just to take the sharp edges off and that seems to work well for us all.
That's a brilliant idea. My hammie's nails are getting a bit long and I am too scared to cut them in case I hurt her. I'm also going to making a sand bath for her at the weekend.
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Old 03-10-2010, 03:27 PM   #16
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Hallo! I was just looking in this topic for tips - I would like to sort Chewys nails out but I'm scared, and the vets is a few buses away, so I don't want to go through that unless he is quite ill and we have to. Sooooo. I was going to ask how it went with the emery board?
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Old 03-11-2010, 01:03 AM   #17
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I doubt Chewie's nails are overgrown Sammybingo as Syrian nails seldom need clipping except in vey old inactive hamsters so I wouldn't worry about them. An active young hamsters nails will be fine.
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Old 03-13-2010, 07:31 AM   #18
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Thanks for this thread its given me lots of ideas...Sir Alan does need a tiny bit off the end of his claws, I was thinking of using a nail file and just taking the sharp points off one at a time before he runs away!
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Old 03-13-2010, 02:08 PM   #19
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I normally feel the claws on my hand so if they are too long thats the first way i will notice.
i've never had to cut nails yet though! Their paws are just so tiny
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Old 06-02-2010, 05:14 PM   #20
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I'm so glad this thread was here I got a new hammy from the sspca not long ago and his little nails are far too long! Will try out some of those ideas
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