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Originally Posted by Shiraz View Post
We've currently got 3 clawed kitties who get regular manicures and pedicures 2 of them I got as 8 week old kittens, and I started right away and there's absolutely no problems. The 3rd (Tinsel), well, that's another story! We found her in a parking lot right before Christmas, and took her home. She was probably around 3-4 months old, and wild as a lion I started by simply clipping one or 2 nails at a time and made sure that we finished on my terms, not hers. I know you mentioned Luxor always having to have the 'last word', but the trick is to stop and give them a pat/treat/good job right before you think they're going to become unmanagable. So if you only get to sit him on your lap and push out a claw before he goes balistic, that's all you do. Don't let it get to the point where HE ends it. That'll just re-inforce the 'if I don't want her to do something I just need to become a psycho-kitty and she'll stop' thinking. I'd just start slow, and don't worry about getting it all done in one sitting, or one afternoon, or one day. The more often you work with him, the more comfortable he'll become. So maybe consider working with his paws/claws 5-10 times a day (with clippers, without clippers, don't even have to try clipping) and then you can decrease the number of times you work with him as he learns to behave (and that he's not going to get his way anyway!) and maybe, just maybe, he'll come around and realize you're not killing him

thanks, i chose poor words, i always end it on my terms, but in my brain i'm just so frustrated. I'd love to just be able to TOUCH his paw. he's never let me touch them with out freaking out since October (when we got him). i think maybe if he starts to get them clipped regularly he'll get fed up with having to go 'out' all the time and just let me do them.
post #32 of 42
For me the easiest way is what some other people suggested and that is to use a towel or blanket. What you do is wrap them in the blanket then just gently pull out one leg clip that. Put leg back in and repeat until all legs are trimmed. The tricks is to bundle them tightly so that they can't really squirm. I had to do this the first 4 times that i cut my cat's nails but now she just gives up and lets me cut them. Give it a try it might work for you.
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Maybe bring him to the vet then. Its a good idea.
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Originally Posted by Misty8723 View Post
So I got on the interenet to research just why it was so important to clip. What I found out was that it was basically to keep him from scratching the furniture and scratching you. Then I asked the vet, and she confirmed that it really wasn't necessary, unless it started to be a problem for them. Based on that information, nobody gets their claws clipped. I provide them with plenty of scratching posts, hanging things, cardboard, and I yell at Swanie when he decides he'd rather use the back of my sofa I find it easier on all of us that way
That's good to hear. I don't "do" cats' claws, and never have (with the exception of one of Jamie's claws that grows crookedly). We have a lot of surfaces to scratch, so the furniture is left alone. A healthy cat can normally tend to his/her claws himself/herself. A very old or obese cat might need some help, epecially with the back claws, but otherwise it's not really necessary.
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That's good to hear. I don't "do" cats' claws, and never have (with the exception of one of Jamie's claws that grows crookedly). We have a lot of surfaces to scratch, so the furniture is left alone. A healthy cat can normally tend to his/her claws himself/herself. A very old or obese cat might need some help, epecially with the back claws, but otherwise it's not really necessary.
I don't clip my cats on a regular basis either. There is no real need to do so.

I clip them prior to shows, because it's a show rule to protect the judges and I'll clip if they're going to be loose riding in the car....leather seats, sharp claws and a moving car aren't a good combo.
post #38 of 42
One of my favorite all-time cat companions considered the restraint portion of claw clipping unacceptable. I struggled with her for years until, one day while she was sitting quietly, I simply picked up one of her forepaws and carefully clipped the nails. After that, it was easy-peasy.

Not saying this will work with all cats. I had a Siamese who could resist claw clipping while wrapped in a towel and held down by myself and two veterinary assistants. Yow!

Another idea: some cats like having their nails filed! I'm not kidding. A couple of them, while relaxed would let me gently file their claws as I pressed on the pad. However, once they got too aroused, it was common to seize the emery board and play with it. Something about the nail dust attracted them.
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
thanks, i chose poor words, i always end it on my terms, but in my brain i'm just so frustrated. I'd love to just be able to TOUCH his paw. he's never let me touch them with out out since October (when we got him). i think maybe if he starts to get them clipped regularly he'll get fed up with having to go 'out' all the time and just let me do them.
Our cat Poe is the same way, He howls like he is being stabbed every time we do it. The last time he sounded like a mac truck running at idle for about 30-45 seconds straight. Really low and even growl. He does not like his nails clipped at all, but I don't like being punctured even less, so I hold him down while my wife clips his nails.

You just hold him as tightly as necessary. If he struggles, just hang on. if you start holding too tightly he'll stop moving and you can let up a bit.

All in all it takes us about 5 minutes to do all his front claws. We've only done his back claws once but we're looking to do it again soon because he likes to bunny kick us in bed when we move our feet around (I'm a foot rubber as I fall asleep) and he's starting to leave scratch marks again.

To us it's just not worth it to take him to the vet. he hates the trip and then we have to pay for the privilege, so we just do it ourselves.

We got him at around age 2 and he was out in the wild for a time, so he's just going to complain regardless because he doesn't like it and is too old to get used to it. It's taken me 7 months to get him used to being combed. (and by used to I mean not kicking and hissing and growling).

P.S. HE doesn't like his paws touched at all. So I can relate. He only tolerates it on his good days for a second or two before getting irritated.

Crazy cat actually likes getting his teeth brushed, and I always assumed that would be the hardest task of all. Go figure.
post #40 of 42
Ok, we were just at a friend's house yesterday. They have a cat and a dog. She told me that the cat doesn't even come into the room when strangers are there, let alone pet or pick her up.

Well she was in heat (not strong) but enough to overcome her fear....and yes the owners will be getting her spayed very soon

So I reached over and she let me pick her up and hold her a few mins - much to their surprise! I noticed her nails were razor sharp, so I asked for nail clippers (they couldnt' find any) - got MINE out and just sat there and did front and back feet within 2 mins (or less). She grumbled a bit, but didn't try to bite me or anything.

They never clipped her claws cause they claimed they couldn't do it, but I did in in less then 2 mins....after I let her go she just stood there and looked at me like "what just happened here????"
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Originally Posted by Kai Bengals View Post
I don't clip my cats on a regular basis either. There is no real need to do so.

I clip them prior to shows, because it's a show rule to protect the judges and I'll clip if they're going to be loose riding in the car....leather seats, sharp claws and a moving car aren't a good combo.
I have to clip my poly's paws no matter what! His inner claw will grow into his pad if i dont...Both my cats use their posts frequently but their claws grow so quick and sharp that I have to do it...Especially with the poly (his inner claw already grew into his pad once)!
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Originally Posted by trixie23 View Post
I have to clip my poly's paws no matter what! His inner claw will grow into his pad if i dont...Both my cats use their posts frequently but their claws grow so quick and sharp that I have to do it...Especially with the poly (his inner claw already grew into his pad once)!
I think polydactyls are a special case, as it's quite possible that their claws will get "tangled up". I don't approve of declawing, but had a poly kitten I'd found partially declawed a few years ago because there didn't seem to be any other solution, as the extra toes precluded normal walking.
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