Is there anything natural I can put in their cage that they can scratch or anything to help keep their nails short?
My sister who has two piggies has gone travelling and left them with me. Can otherwise care for them fine, but CANT cut nails- they squeal so much and I feel evil! Will take them to the vets to do it every so often (how often should it be done?!) but if there is a way to prevent them getting too long that would be good!
Our GP has a really long 'quick' inside the nail. It is therefore impossible to cut without making her bleed. I don't want to make her bleed but she has to live with long nails. They are white and you can see the blood bit inside and it comes down a long way.
Don't cut into the quick. Regular small (1mm - 2mm) clips will evidentially shorten the quick. Cutting the quick will cause pain to your piggy and they can bleed profusely.
I always clip claws in the best day light possible. I hold them purposely so they know its going to get done so they may as well go with it. And I bribe them grass or cucumber. Eating a tasty treat definitely takes their minds on claw clipping.
Agree with 70 tbh - it's not pleasant but it's a necessary evil. Ours are not keen but they get a treat afterwards and they get over it!
Do you know anyone else with GPs who could show you how to do it? Luckily for us one of my friends is a vet nurse - she recommended wrapping them.in a small towel to minimise fidgeting so there's less risk of overclipping.
Our boys are looking like they need clipping but v nervous to do it. Worried the trip to vet would traumatise them when they've just got confident. Do you use special pet clippers when you do yours? Maybe I'll search for a video showing me ( a reputable one).
just done our pigs' nails at the weekend, they were embarassingly scratchy iirc ds said there are vids of how to do it on youtube. we wrap the piggies in a towel so two or three feet are hidden and get one out at a time. ds holds, I trim. yy deal with judgy looks and pissed off back-turning afterwards. they're fickle things and are usually bribed easily with parsley and celery.