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CavyCrazyMom

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OK, I got these new girls on sunday that I adopted from the cavy classifieds, and as I was checking them out, I noticed their nails were WAY overgrown. So I trimmed them down as far as I could, but they are still long. What should I do?? They were overgrown enough to make one of them walk on the sides of the nails (I hope you guys can understand what I mean) and although they are trimmed way down, they are still long enough to make her toes awkward as she walks. I don't know how to explain it. But I guess my actual question is will the quik shrink or still grow? Will she have to have this the rest of her life?? Is there any way I can make her more comfortable?

By the way, the other one should be fine, her nails were not quite as long.
Thanks in advance!

~~Cheri~~
 
Im not totally sure but im pretty sure if once a week you cut just a little bit of the quick it will recede but you have to move it back or it will not recede and just keep getting worse. But im not certain so I would wait for a more qualified answer.
 
I believe you are right about clipping a little bit every week to get the quick to recede. I know that's how to do it with dogs and it makes sense it would work for other animals as well.
 
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a brick in the cage will help with some daily filing. try keeping the brick under a water bottle/by the food so that they are prone to go near it often.
 
I have heard about the brick before, and I never followed up with buying the stone, and thanks everyone for your replys! I'll do that. I was so worried about what to do!


~~Cheri~~
 
yea, and bricks are super cheap! in my cage, there is a little cube unit that branches off from the main cage, standard 14 by 14 cube make up the three walls. i will use this area as the food court, and i'm putting a big brick piece in it that is i square foot. it fits nicely, with some alley space on two sides.
 
Great idea! I was (am) going to get a tile stone that's porous (like what some people use on driveways; you can get them in the garden section of many stores) and put one under their water bottles, but I'm thinking I like your idea better! lol

~~Cheri~~
 
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