Jaali had let the claw on his right thumb get really long. It was
getting to the stage that hed have to go to the vets to have it trimmed.
Thankfully hes sorted it out himself.
In the past Jaali has cut his own claws when theyve got too long. Its
much more comfortable for his humans when his claws are nice and short but he
lets them get quite long before trimming them.
The last time he trimmed them he didnt do the claw on this right thumb.
Since then it has got longer and longer. Eventually it started to curl round on
itself and underneath his paw. Daily inspection showed that it was getting very
close to digging in to one of his pads. A trip to the vet seemed imminent
because Jaali didnt show any sign of sorting it out himself.
Then, the other night, after Jaali had climbed onto a chair he started to
fuss with his right paw. Perhaps hed caught the claw as hed been
climbing. Rather than trim it to length, as he usually did, he pulled the old
claw off backwards. It didnt seem to hurt him and underneath, ready
formed, was a brand new claw. A nice short claw.
It was hard to imagine what a trip to the vets for a pedicure would have
involved. Jaali is a friendly and trusting rat in his own surroundings but he
has never been to the vets. He is also completely unable to stay still for more
than a few seconds. It wouldnt be appropriate to put him under just to
have his claws trimmed so Jaali would have had to be held still while the
offending claw was snipped. Its likely that more than his claw would have been