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Luma's nails desperately need trimming.
She's catching on my clothing (which makes her panic) and is leaving more, deeper scratches than usual when she perches/climbs on me.

But the problem is that she HATES to be touched anywhere but her head/neck and violently struggles when she's restrained/toweled making it impossible to safely trim her long nails.

Even though she makes a lot of noise and fuss when I've tried to clip the nails, she is calm and asking for head scratches again as soon as I'm not touching her body!

Any advise on what to do would be much appreciated!

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You will need to clip her toenails whether she loves it or not. The only thing that really matters is if its done correctly. Cockatiels are very forgiving. Here is an excellent sticky on how to do this: Nail Clipping 101
 

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I don't trim Murray's nails (they break by themselves as she's very active) but just today I had to restrain her in order to get some poo out of her tail feathers.

I find that she struggles for a moment or two, and then if I just hold on she will stop. How about practising holding her sill for a few seconds and seeing if she quietens down? If she does, you could treat her and repeat a couple of times a day so she will get more used to being towelled/grabbed.

Murray is also just the same as Luma in that she's fine afterwards - so it's obviously not as disturbing to them as it appears to us!

Sorry I can't be more helpful about the immediate issue of the nails. Is there somewhere you could take her so a professional could do it? Often they are more confident. An avian vet or specialist pet shop might do it.

Have you ever had to trim her nails before?
 
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