- Every rabbit is different. Adjust these tips to your rabbit's personality and temperament. Don't try to fit your rabbit into a "mold" - these tips & tricks won't work for everyone, but I've found that they work for me.
- Practice putting your rabbit on his or her back (without clipping nails), several times a day for only a few seconds each time. When they struggle, have them there for longer. Let them go when they have been still for at least two seconds.
- When you go to actually clip your rabbit's nails, do so when the rabbit is tired, such as after a long time playing or exercising. This will decrease his/her energy levels and make him or her more willing to cooperate.
- Hold your rabbit tightly, so they feel secure, but gently. Don't squish his or her guts out!
- When you get down with a nail, rub/scratch your rabbit's head or his/her favorite petting spot, or reward him/her with a tiny treat.
- Put your hand in between the rabbit's back feet and front feet. Wear a long-sleeved shirt to minimize scratches.
- Talk to your rabbit during the nail clipping.
- Clip the nails every month or two. Don't go too long without doing it or the rabbit will get unaccustomed to it and you'll have a harder time next time.
- Cut only the tip off each time. Some rabbits don't like the pressure change of a chunk of their nail coming off.
- If you let the nail get long, the next time you cut it, only cut the tips. As the nail grows, the quick (blood supply), in the nail also grows, and when you cut the nail, the quick shrinks back and gives more nail to be cut off the next week.
- Above all, DON'T GET STRESSED OUT! Your rabbit can sense your frustration and anxiety, and because of it he or she won't behave any better for you. Stay calm.
A "difficult bunny", is any that doesn't like to be picked up; won't let you flip them over and hold them on their back; an easily excitable, very energetic bunny; one that will kick and bite and scratch whenever they're put into an uncomfortable position. You can say that I have one of those. I have a "difficult bunny". And I've found that these 10 tips and tricks REALLY WORK, to help getting those claws clipped!
My name is Holly.
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