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Does it hart to cut to nails on my rat *= my rats feet are pink and hard to see the nail
 

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for my 2 little ratties, i have a fair size rock in the bottom, and they like to climb on it, and it dulls thier nails...


just hope they dont do like my hamster and sharpen them on it xD
 

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You had a hamster? Well i had a hamster before i had my rat . Oh about the rock thing I have glass cage :?:
 

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a glass cage? can you be more descriptive as to why a rock under the water bottle wouldn't work there?

as for you original question, yes you can cut their toenails but you have to be careful not to cut too far (or into the "quick"). make sure you only get the curvy bit of white at the tip. mind you this can be a real pain and make sure that you don't have any plans for the next hour for each rat that you do. it can easily take that long with a squirmy rat. if you do hit the quick however don't panic. it'll sting the same as when you rip a finger nail too far back but it won't kill the rat, it'll bleed a lot but a finger is still a far ways away from the heart. hold and apply gentle pressure to the cut tip until the bleeding stops. a way to get a rat to stop squirming a bit (for some rats) is to feed them treats to keep them occupied. all this makes me very thankful for the stone in my cage, works their nails down and no fighting with them on my part to get them that way! i love my stone. *grins happily*
 

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YAY! i said something right :D

and yes, but my hamster hoped down my heating duct... but i have a cover now for my ratties :D

and a rock, in a glass cage means nothing, dont have it light enough to where they can throw it around like a ball :p
 

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the water bottle i have is the type you hang from this thnig and wire to hold it and sits low so..........
 

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okay, a long flat rock would work just as well :)


as long as its not smooth, and dosnt have any sharp points or edges... wouldnt wanna cut a ratties foot would ya? :)
 

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and if you use a rock from outside, please throw it into the oven for a while so to be absolutely certain there are no harmful parasites or mites on it that you can't see o_O
 

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i bought 1 that was ment for a fish aquarium from the pet store i work at... lol, but i think i go there more as a hobby, being as all my pay check goes to rattie stuff... 50+ dollars a week :D

i dont own any rats... rats own me xD
 

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yep, that's all i use. its easier if you use baby nail clippers cause they're smaller.
 

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Just make sure you don't cut too much! Only clip the very tips of the nails, the white part of the nail (avoid clipping anything that looks pink)
 

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yea, if u hit the quick... ur gonna know it... itll look like ya killed someone xD
 
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