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I have posted this question as advice for others. I used to have my guinea pigs' claws trimmed at the vets some years ago, but I have since found an easier way, and my youngest 'pig who is at least four years old has never needed his claws trimmed.

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My solution to this problem was to put a sandstone tile in the cage. every time the guinea pigs go to their food bowl they shorten their nails just a little, here is the layout:

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and here are their feet, as you can see they are quite healthy:

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The guinea pigs' pads prevent the claws from getting too short, and the constant wearing down stops them getting too long.

Good points:

  • No trimming claws.

  • Less stress for your pets.

Bad points:

  • Stone is heavy to move when cleaning the cage.

  • Animal claws are naturally sharp.

  • Because you don't need to groom their claws, 'pigs can become less social.

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  • I love this solution. Where did you get the stones though? – Critters Dec 9 '14 at 18:22
  • DIY shop, paving section. – Windfire Dec 10 '14 at 20:32

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