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Old 07-18-2022, 11:56 AM   #1
bertieboo101
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Hey there,
My Syrian Bertie is just over 2 years old and Iíve noticed a couple of his nails have grown too long. One in particular has curled and Iím not sure whether I should cut his nails? Is it safe to do so? Even though heís over 2 he is still full of energy so I canít imagine how I would do it lol! Iíve never had to with any other hamster before and the vet is too expensive. He seems fine though. Any advice would be great, thanks!
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Old 07-18-2022, 12:47 PM   #2
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I'm in the same situation with my still very lively and wriggly 2 year old Syrian. I tried wrapping him in a flannel but couldn't keep him still for long enough.

I sometimes keep him waiting when he wants out of his cage so he chews the bars while i get a look at his teeth.
Then he gets annoyed and holds on to the bars which gives me the chance to snip a nail here and there.
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Old 07-18-2022, 01:36 PM   #3
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Yeah it seems the only way. He doesnít chew the bars but he takes food through them. Maybe Iíll squeeze something inbetween the bars and whilst heís nibbling I might get some time to attempt it. So scared of hurting him!
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Old 07-18-2022, 01:39 PM   #4
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Only snip the tip of the nail. I use nail clippers for babies.
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Old 07-18-2022, 01:43 PM   #5
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Yeah it seems the only way. He doesnít chew the bars but he takes food through them. Maybe Iíll squeeze something inbetween the bars and whilst heís nibbling I might get some time to attempt it. So scared of hurting him!
A monkey nut, small piece of cheese, a walnut half, that's what i use as well. My biggest problem is my eyesight so i bought magnifying glasses.
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Old 07-19-2022, 09:42 AM   #6
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I do it when they're eating something tasty during out of cage time for example. Like a bit of porridge on a spoon. They seem to forget everything else and you can snip the odd nail without them noticing much while they're focused on eating. It can be slow progress over a few goes! but they can keep very still for long enough to snip the odd nail at the very tip. I use little nail scissors. Anything is fine - whatever you find easiest! There's also the grid/sieve option where you put them in/on something with a mesh floor - their nails pop through and you can snip them from underneath. I haven't tried that option.
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Old 07-19-2022, 12:06 PM   #7
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I do it when they're eating something tasty during out of cage time for example. Like a bit of porridge on a spoon. They seem to forget everything else and you can snip the odd nail without them noticing much while they're focused on eating. It can be slow progress over a few goes! but they can keep very still for long enough to snip the odd nail at the very tip. I use little nail scissors. Anything is fine - whatever you find easiest! There's also the grid/sieve option where you put them in/on something with a mesh floor - their nails pop through and you can snip them from underneath. I haven't tried that option.
Yeah it looks like my best bet is food! I never thought of porridge though, thatís a good idea. Iíve also got little nail scissors too. Thanks for your help! Iíll be giving it a go tonight. Wish me luck lol
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Old 07-19-2022, 12:06 PM   #8
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A monkey nut, small piece of cheese, a walnut half, that's what i use as well. My biggest problem is my eyesight so i bought magnifying glasses.
Yeah good idea. Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 07-19-2022, 12:11 PM   #9
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I have the same issue as Ria - my eyesight! I wore OH magnifying reading glasses on top of my own glasses!
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