Originally Posted by Misty8723
What I wonder is, would it be better to let your cats see that every time you pick them up, you aren't going to be doing something bad to them? As in give them medicine, clip their nails (which I don't see any reason to do anyway), etc.
I believe the OP's questions have been answered, so I'm going to respond to this instead.
There are very good reasons to clip the nails on indoor cats:
You are less likely to suffer deep puncture wounds should the animal be frightened and the situation warrants restraining them.
Puncture wounds are much, much worse than scratches.
Every animal scratches when they have an itch, if the claws are too long and too sharp they can injure themselves in this way.
Claws, like fingernails, never stop growing, and like fingernails, they start curling uncontrollably, often times starting to grow into the paw pads.
When cats' claws are too long and too sharp, they tend to start sticking to carpet, fabric and other upholstery.
I have known a few cats that have broken their toes and worse from getting stuck and panicking.
Cats that go outdoors do not really have these concerns as there are quite a few things in the natural world that wear down the claws.
There is nothing in an indoor cat's environment that serves this purpose.
Scratching posts do not serve this purpose, all they do is give the animal an appropriate place to scratch and mark, and they help them to shed off the outter layer of claw.
The only time my cats are held (as none like to be held) is for the above mentioned reasons.
There really is no benefit to holding a cat that does not enjoy it.
They do come to learn that most things done to them are over with rather quickly.