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Old 10-20-2013, 02:57 PM   #1
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Question Nail cutting help please!

So I got my little Scrubby from a different family who didn't want her anymore and she came to me in quite a bad condition, overgrown teeth, skinny, bald patches and very long nails.
Now I have solved the teeth problem buy buying her toys and blocks for her to grind them down (which she has), she loves eating and is lovely and chubby now, the bald patches went by themselves after a few weeks so I can only assume they was due to stress, the only problem I have is her nails.
When I get her out her cage, she never wants to stop for cuddles or a rest, she is constantly running around and moving so cutting her nails that way isn't a possibility. I've tried filing down her nails but again, it's just so much hassle with her constantly running and moving round.
I am going to try chinchilla sand to file them down but i'm not sure how well it will work as her nails are quite a lot longer than usual.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 10-20-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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I have heard people use a sieve method put her in the sieve so her claws stick through and try to trim them that way. If it's still to much hassle and they really need doing you can pop her to the vets to get them done it won't cost to much. Just be careful not to cut to far up or you will cut the quick and it will bleed I would only cut them if they start to split or curl.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:13 PM   #3
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you could always let her climb the stairs, that will start to wear them down.

Unless the nails are curling into the pads i'd save the stress by cutting them yourself.

Alternatively, you can ask if vet nurses can do them which is usually at a far cheaper price xxx
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:30 AM   #4
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I'd let the vet do it. She's been through so much already. It really isn't that costly for just nails and it is so much safer. Once they are done, put a small terra cotta plant pot in the cage for her to climb on and in. It will help keep her nails down. Also, since she appears to be feeling a whole lot better, once her nails are done, she may begin to keep them trimmed herself by gnawing them down.
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