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Q: Trimming rats nails?

April 25, 2009 | By Vanessa G. | 3 answers | Expired: 1901 days ago

Trimming rats nails?

help my rats' claws are too long and could definately use some filing....is there anything i can put in their cage to help???

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Gabrielle
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Apr 28, 2009

I always had rats growing up and never had to trim their nails. But I would also suggest putting clean cardboard in their cages, for them to play with and chew on. It's good for their teeth, but also for filing down nails. I personally wouldn't suggest clipping their nails just because they are so tiny & fidgety =)

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Midwestwoman
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Apr 26, 2009

Why don't you just clip them with a (human) nail trimmer. This works well for kittens, puppies and cats.

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Kayla L.
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Apr 28, 2009

They said you can add a brick to the cage around the feeders. My more active Jane and departed Georgie used to file their nails down nicely through activity and usage of the wheel. April on the other hand does most things on the sly and is much more shy. I think I can do two nails at a time before there HAS to be a break involved. I never had as hard a time trimming George's nails when she was a young pup.

Human clippers, maybe even baby nail trimmers. Careful eye. Restraint can consist of holding them tightly against your body, their back to your chest or in a towel and do one limb at a time but these boogers have to be secure!

Guinea pigs are so much easier to trim but gotta love the ratties

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