Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Laziness And Long-Nailed Rats

By Shellyane Bryan
A rat owner from England shares tales of living with her rats named Mouse, Slinky and Diddy.

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Slinky the rat is a beautiful Siamese that is very active, which seems to keep her nails trimmed.

I was going to start off talking about rat shows. I've been thinking for a while that Slinky, being quite a clean, tidy Siamese rat, would make an ideal candidate just for a small show. I was a bit sidetracked by Mouse, however, who I discovered has something rather winceworthy wrong with her eye. Quite a while back I noticed she'd managed to scratch beneath her eye, and I thought to myself it was lucky she didn't actually scratch the eye itself. Now that I’ve discovered what looks like a pale, glassy patch, I think she actually did manage to scratch the eye.

Mouse of course made it very difficult to look at it closely, but she's certainly done something to it. It doesn't seem to have bothered her at all, but I'm tempted to take her to the vet regardless just to get it checked out. I also could really do with some help clipping her claws, because she's causing herself quite a few injuries. The difficulty in doing it myself is she gets very, very stressed, and I end up getting all manner of scratches at the same time. Filing works for a while, but her claws are soon back to their raptor-like sharpness, and I'm more concerned about her causing herself or Diddy and Slinky serious harm.

It's odd, because Slinky's claws aren't very sharp at all. It makes me wonder if it depends upon how active the rat is, because Mouse has always been lazy and Diddy is lazy by the same degree and has quite sharp claws herself. I never had much of a problem with Dumbo and Fidget, who were both exceptionally energetic and always rushing around.

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great info thanks
Tommy, Pocatello, ID
Posted: 7/27/2010 9:01:04 AM
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