Last night whilst holding Casper, I noticed one of his paws looked a little red.
He didn’t seem too fussed but there was a speck of blood on one of his toes and his nail was hanging off at a very unnatural angle.
He’d only gone and broke a nail. In extreme fashion.
It doesn’t look too dramatic here, but if you look closely you can see his nail on the far left all wonky!
Now in the past, my other hamsters have managed to knock a little nail off when climbing and running. It falls off over a short time and a new nail grows back – a lot like humans really. Except hamsters don’t kick up a big fuss and their nail grows back a lot quicker.
I had a little examine of Caspers paw-ly toe and the nail is still attached – just! I dont want to force it off, it will drop off painlessly in time. I would only stress him out trying to sort it myself. Awww I feel slightly guilty about kicking up such a fuss when I break my nails now.. at least they dont fall off!
How do hamsters break nails?
Practically anything a hamster can do could lead to little injuries. Running on a wheel to climbing on the bars, scratching a toy to digging in the sawdust. You cant prevent it, hamsters are naturally going to prang themselves over their lifetimes.
Is a broken nail life-threatening for a hamster?
Nooo, its like if we humans break a nail really. A bit annoying, but it will grow back naturally.
How can you prevent hamsters breaking their nails?
Although you cant 100% guarantee that your small furries will never break their nails you can do little things to help them keep their fingers and toes in check. Give them lots of scratch toys, chew sticks, things to grind their nails on in their cages. As well as this make sure they get plenty of exercise outside of their cage as running about wears long nails down to sensible lengths.
What to do if your hamster has a broken nail?
In most cases, leaving your hamster be will be fine. The nail will fall off and regrow in a short amount of time – no harm done. If it gets bloody or swollen then a trip to the vet to get it checked out may be in order, there could be an infection of some kind.