Last night, I decided that I didn't want to get my hands hacked up whenever I take Guai-Guai out of his cage to play. Every time I take him out, my hands look like they've been attacked repeatedly by a psychotic pygmy troll in a beserker rage. He doesn't do it on purpose, he just walks around. My skin is just extra sensitive to claw scratches.
I decided to clip his claws.
I saw some pet show a long time ago that showed how to trim cats' and dogs' claws and I could see where the nerve/blood pocket in his nail was. It was a huge patience game. It took me 20 minutes to half an hour to do one toe.
I did the first few with him standing on my finger. I had to edge just the very tip in between the clippers. The first one was really easy because he had no clue what was going on. He was startled by the loud *POIK* sound followed by his toe feeling really weird all of a sudden =) He investigated the strange feeling in his toe, licked it a bit but he was okay with it.
The second one went the same way. *POIK* *startled flapping* *investigate toe*
Guai-Guai started paying very close attention to what I was doing to his toes after that. =) He stared intently at The Suspicious Clippers and didn't like them touching his feet.
Every time they touched his feet, Guai-Guai's reflex was to adjust his step to get away from them. He would open up all four toes and grasp again. One out of these bazillion re-grasps would make the claw land between the clippers RIGHT WHERE I WANT IT, not too deep that I'll cut his nerve/blood pocket. And when I saw the right moment, I clipped quickly.
After a while, I put him on his dowel stand and clipped him that way. Only now, he'd fly off his dowel stand after he got the *POIK*. He was good about coming back onto my hand though, I guess because The Evil House is a bigger unkown than The Bride That's Doing Something To Me That I Don't Think I Like But Doesn't Really Hurt.