Sakura and Hitomi were as nervous about seeing the clippers for the first time as a child meeting their first doctor. They didn't like the look of them and attacked the shiny metal several times which, while cute, wasn't helping me get my aim. So I decide to go for back feet first.
I manage to get both of Hitomi's back feet with relatively little drama. They're now clipped and done. Sakura however decided she was in no mood to be handled and decided to full body spasm any time she was touched. After a few minutes of this back and forth, I decide to let her sit and over to the side and focus on Hitomi's front feet.
Now, at first I was trying this gloveless because I wanted accuracy above all else. This turned out to be a bad idea as Hitomi panicked and put her sharp teeth through the skin under my nail...
So, on went the thin leather gloves! But now I still cannot get Hitomi's front feet as she is in full panic mode with both the clippers AND these big black hands she's unused to, and so she clings to the green shirt I wear when I cuddle them for dear life and stares into my face quietly wheaking...
And that's about as far as I could get :\
I can't get a good enough grip on either of them to finish this job. So I think I'm going to have to wait until I can get a hand from one of my housemates. I just hope that by the end of it they aren't more afraid of me as a result :(
I picked up poor Hitomi just a minute ago for some cuddles and scratches to show her that she won't be attacked every time she's picked up, but she's definitely more skittish about getting lifted now...
I'll have to wait a few days to get reinforcements anyway as my housemate Wraith is currently sick and avoiding me so as not to infect me.
Treats and repetition will help her relax. She will probably never like it, but she will put up with it.
Avoiding nail care because the animal hates it is a mistake that is made with lots of animals - guinea pigs, cats, dogs. The more frequently you do it, or even pretend to do it, the less of a big deal it is for both of you.
- LS in AK
- Upside-down & Backwards
Having someone hold piggies while you clip nails definitely helps, especially with squirmy babies. Have their favorite treat ready, and feed a bit in-between paws. I also used to clip my baby pigs' nails more frequently - like every 3 weeks - to get them used to the clippers and force the quick back. Just take the very tip off each nail each time.
- Supporter in '13
I've found that wrapping her front paws with a warm towel helps relax her and soften her nail. So far, our last 3 nail trims have gone well. This after 1 year of perservance.
Keep at it and remain calm. Do 1 or 2 nails if that's all the pig will allow and over time, they'll become resigned to the nail trimming routine. All the best. That's what mums are for. In addition to providing food delivery and a cleaning service.
I followed the tips on the GL page about trimming, using a human nail clipper. Both pigs were fairly cooperative with the back feet, but not the front! I had to get my Dad to distract Baozi with a cucumber, which worked. Ace was tougher, though. She nipped my hand (not enough to draw blood or even really hurt, luckily). She's such a fatty I had a hard time getting a secure grip on her (I don't have very large hands lol) so I ended up wrapping her in a towel and pulled the whole distract-with-a-cucumber thing.
Hopefully, I'll get the process down so I can do this by myself when I eventually move out.
The good news is that the piggers didn't seem all that traumatized. Baozi was fine as long as she was nomming a cucumber, lol. Ace has always been a scaredy pig in the near-two-months I've had her, so it's business as usual. I gave them both treats afterward for being good little pigs.
Then they get a snuggle in the burrito wrap before clipping. I did learn that from the vet when one needed antibiotics.
Sounds like yours are young still so you could burrito wrap them and give them a bit of veggie snack and snuggle almost daily if you have time.
One of my boys is very very nippy (so far it's never been a real bite!), and he has even tolerated this well. He freaks out if you put your hand in front of his face (I tried this to keep him from leaping out of my hands into his cage) and also if you put your hand over his shoulders. He does not handle restraint well!
I think letting them see and play with the clippers is a great idea. They are so curious.