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Clipping a Ferret's Nails

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Ferrets tend to become especially wriggly when you try to clip their nails, but if you turn them over on their back and rub their stomach with an oil such as Ferretone, you'll have much less difficulty. 

Your ferret will most likely bend over to lick the oil away and become so absorbed in the process that you can cut its nails with little problem. Remember that you don't have to clip a lot of the nail away -- just give them a slight trim -- and repeat the process every week or two to prevent their nails from being stuck in hammocks or other cage accessories. Be sure to keep some styptic powder handy to stop any bleeding that comes with accidentally trimming too much.