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Q: Hamster toe nails?

May 3, 2009 | By Jen | 3 answers | Expired: 2047 days ago

Jen

I have a couple of white russian hamsters and their nails seem to be getting long. I have had hamsters before and this never happened. I am not sure if there is something I can put in the cage to help wear them, or if I will be forced to cut them.

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Ilovecats237
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May 03, 2009

Well all i can say is that the safest thing to do so far is to take your hamsters to the vet so your vet can trim your hamsters nails beacause if you cut to far into their nail you may cut a blood vain and they will bleed. As for the cage if you dont want your hamsters nails so long let them run on hard flooring that should help from stopping the growth you can also put a rock in the cage so they play with it and start moving it around and that should also help file down your hamsters nails.

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Rachael V.
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May 04, 2009

Put a rock in the cage or a small piece of sand paper.

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Tjramsdell
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May 05, 2009

I raised hamsters for many years while in high school and often had to clip the little guys toenails [some of my "offspring" were the science projects in animal behavior class]...you just need to take your time, it helps if your hamster is used to being held. Use baby clippers or "baby scissors" and just take the sharp curved tip [that way you won't have to worry about clipping the quick-that is when it bleeds. If that happens just firmly hold a tissue for as long as the hamster will let you :]...sometimes you have to do it in small increments if they get fussy.

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