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Q: Need help learning how to relax a bunny and trim their nails?

July 19, 2009 | By GypsyEyezNY | 6 answers | Expired: 1905 days ago

GypsyEyezNY

Ok well, I just got 2 mini rex bunnies. I just attempted to trim my bunnies nails. Was not able to at all. I can't get the bunnies to stay still at all. They will sit in my lap if I give them lettuce or something like that. And they will let me pet them. But as soon as I try to lift one of there toes to trim they jump out of my lap. I can not hold them either. I tried to hold the rabbits like I have seen experts do it on videos but is not working. I don't understand why I have seen so many people being able to hold their bunnies in their arms like babies or even in their laps upside down on their backs. Any tips. I guess I am doing it all wrong. I really would like to trim their nails. I have other pets cats etc.. and I like to trim their nails every 2 weeks. The bunnies scratch the heck out of me. Please help!

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MICHELLE G.
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Jul 21, 2009

I agree with Lynn, it will take some time for them to feel comfortable with you. You will have to get used to them as well. Just spend time everyday petting and playing with the bunnies so they can relax somewhat. Animals are all different from one another so don't feel that you are doing something wrong. If the nails are really long then have a proff. cut them until you feel you can do it. Always sit with them on the floor , they feel better and this also is safer for them.They can become injured from a fall, proper handling is a must for bunnies. I sit on the floor with a chairpad on my lap(prevents me from becoming scratched) and after my rabbit has eaten and is calm I cut his nails. Good Luck with your bunnies, and enjoy them!! :)

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Aussie07
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Jul 21, 2009

you could also try just simply petting their paws so they get used to you touching them....if they dont act up, give them a treat....positive reinforcement. then when they get to the point where they dont care if you touch the paws, attempt to trim the nails and see what happens. even if you only get one toe at a time before they act up, its a start.
I used to have rabbits back in the day. if i trimmed the nails by myself, i usually held the rabbit on its back but still in an upright position-i never cradled it like a baby cuz they didnt like it. Sometimes they kicked with their back feet, sometimes they pulled their front feet out of my hands and bit me, even if i was trying to be as gental as possible. Sometimes i had someone else hold'em while i trimmed. Sometimes it works better with 2 people.
Just be careful if they pull away or jerk on you, that you dont cut off more than you need, otherwise the toenail will bleed. If this happens, just get a cottonball or tissue or napkin or something, and an icecube....hold the icecube on the tip of the nail for a min or 2 & it should stop the bleeding. hope this helps.

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Lynn C.
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Jul 20, 2009

If you have just got the two bunnies, they may not feel comfortable enough to let you do things like trim their nails. For now, I would take them to a groomer or vet so that they can show the proper way to hold them and trim their nails. Also, If you can get them to sit, start by just petting them until they are totally comfortable with you. One thing that helps a bunny to relax is to gently stroke him between his eyes. It helps to release endorfeins (spelling) and the bunny will go become very relaxed.

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Ethel02
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Jul 20, 2009

I don't think you realize that rabbits are not like a cat or dog, they are wonderful pets but the smaller the rabbit the more excitable they are, you need a good Vet that is in "exotics" and you shouldn't be cutting nails on anything every 2 weeks.

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jackie
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Jul 20, 2009

take your bunny to the vet let them do it bunnies especially get stressed rather quickly You dont want to risk anything happening to him

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SarahLeah
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Jul 19, 2009

well if you can't trim the bunnies nails your self you should take them to a petco or other pet stor and they can cut the nails for you at a good price!

to request more animal tips type on over to thepetsitters.ewebsite.com!

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