Raz does not mind being handled really, but likes to dart around, and trying to hold him is like holding a munch of moving razor blades, or needles. I'm not sure if there are any specile guidlines to trimming the claws on smaller iggys......hmm.....
Aslo, I did not realize that green beans could make such a potent odor when I clean out his cage.....I mean.....DANG.....reminded me of swamp gas.....blarg.....
He has a lot of energy, and that having really sharp claws and wanting to sort of explore is kind of....ouch.
Just take off the very sharp points on the tip of the claw. If you hold them up to the light you should be able to see where the nail is completely clear and then it goes darker. The darker area is a blood vein and to be avoided.
With a small ig you can use human fingernail clippers. Better yet are the clippers specifically designed for reptiles and birds. Looks like a small pair of scissors with a half moon shaped notch in the end. For a bigger Ig I use a dremel tool and sanding wheel.
I still use human nail clippers on Bob. Until recently I was clipping to little and needing a heavy shirt to hold him but I have been able to only wear a tee with an 8# ig sitting on my shoulder -- over two weeks since I clipped last.
As a little and highly active ig it will most likely be easier if you hold him and have someone else clip. Don't crowd him though, make him feel comfortable and he is less likely to panic.
Eventually, with enough handling, he will calm down enough to stay on your leg as you sit down and clip his nails.
Also indicates that you should clean the cage more often -- this ig has to live in that cage.
I know that if I leave Bob's food dish in the cage over night it smells of rotting wet vegetation but it is not strong enough to smell the cage up. Seems mainly to be the shredded veggies that do that.
Rather than wrestle an ig into being covered snugly with a towel I have been able to just cover Bob's head with a tee shirt. I think that it is like a falconer’s hood -- if they can't see it is safer not to move and they tend to calm down. As long as what ever method you use if it is safe, both for the ig and you, it can't be too wrong.
for the record: I don't wrestle Thrasher into a towel. I lay the towel across my chest, then set Thrasher on me, then carefully wrap her like a baby. ;D I say wrap the whole body because Thrasher can wiggle her head out from under the towel in about 3 seconds. lol If I wrap her whole body, it eliminates the wrestling factor completely. (actually, the last time she had a pedicure, she behaved really well and I didn't need to cover her head at all.)
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That’s what I do is rap them up in a towel to cut there nails and I never had to cover there head I think they like the nails being cut LOL!!! They seem to not move at all Quazi looks at me in a way to say What You doing down there LOL! And Miss Jr. does not mind at all she enjoys it but I have heard coving there head does seem to have less stress on them.
I have not had to cover Bob's head in a few years. He let me trim his claws last night without any problem. I then tossed his harness on him and outside we went.
When he was scratching at the door a few months ago I started throwing tee shirts at him. If they made it all the way -- air resistance usually stoped them half way across the room (4 feet away form me) -- they would usually cover at least part of him and get him to stop for at least a little while.