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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > HOUSE RABBIT Q & A > I've tried everything, what should I do about these nails?
Last Post by LittlePuffyTail at 8/14/2012 1:41 AM (7 Replies)
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User is Offline Peachy
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8/12/2012 3:59 PM

Peach has really sharp nails  that scratch me whenever I pick her up. I have tried nail clippers, electric nail clippers, and  nail files and they still are sharp, are there any nail covers for rabbits, or can I use a peice of clay or something?




Thanks for any replies,

Meg


User is Offline Peachy
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8/12/2012 4:00 PM

What about nail covers for cats, would those work?




User is Offline bullrider76543
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8/12/2012 4:14 PM
I put a post about them on here, but I dont think it would be a good idea because if they come off a bun can ingest them.
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User is Offline LoveChaCha
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8/12/2012 9:11 PM
Hi Peachy

Welcome to BB

I would like to start off by saying that rabbits, most of them, do not like to be picked up. They are prey animals and that instinct is very strong. It is natural for them to scratch and fight their way from a human because they believe that we will eat them. That is why it is only advised to pick up a rabbit when they only need to be - nail trims, grooms, etc. There are exceptions for some that do not mind it, however, if your bunny scratches when picked up (even properly) I would not pick them up unless needed.

Nail covers are not recommend as bullrider explained as they may ingest them.
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User is Offline Peachy
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8/13/2012 2:08 AM

Hi love cha cha

My Rabbit doesn't kick really, when I pick her up she is calm but when we play she climbs up on my lap and her nails scratch my legs.


User is Offline Sarita
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8/13/2012 3:19 AM
I would not use those nail covers. Rabbits nails are sharp even when clipped and they do not detract like cats either.

My best suggestion is to try to wear clothing that covers those areas that she scratches when you are playing with her.

User is Offline RabbitPam
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8/13/2012 11:20 AM
You don't want to put anything on her nails (no clay or cat nail covers) because a bunny will immediately chew it off and probably ingest it, which could be dangerous.

Keeping them trimmed and covering yourself are both good ways to deal with it, and i agree that you can try not to pick her up if she begins to struggle.
But I checked her age in your profile, and she's still quite young. Bunnies often learn to control their movements after several months, so she may be able to scratch you less over time. That goes for nipping too, as she learns to set her teeth to communicate but will never break skin. For now, wear pants and keep some neosporin handy for your scratches.
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User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
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8/14/2012 1:41 AM
I try not to wear tanktops when I pick up my buns because I end up looking like I got in a fight! Just something you have to deal with being a bun parent, I guess.
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