|Originally posted by Elinor
Thanks for the input. I have never clipped a cats nails but I will give it a try. I will not be declawing for sure. My hubby agrees with that .That website made him sick too.I do have a scratch post but I am going to get more. Also I have not ever seen this thing called sticky paws. What is it?
Sticky paws are like covers for the claws; you glue them on and they last several weeks. I have seen them in the cat magazines but don't know if they are available at places like PetSmart or not. For clipping nails, we have used regular nail clippers like we would use. Take the cats paw, press on one of the pads and a nail should extend. The vein area is obvious as you will see; the nail is opaque up to a point and then you will see a pink area closer to the cat's pad. Don't get overambitious in your clipping; taking a 1/4 inch off and eliminating the point will do for a start. As you become more comfortable you will see how relatively easy it is. If by mistake you clip too close and nip the vein you can use a styptic pencil or baking soda to stop the blood. Of course, the next time you go to clip nails you will probably find your cat to not be too receptive to the process!!!
A word of advice: have your husband hold the cat but not too tight. You don't want the cat to feel confined or restricted. Talk to it, reassure it and don't be nervous. If possible, for a couple of weeks prior to clipping nails rub the pads of your cat's feet when you can to get it used to the sensation. You know, one or two pads today, another later. Don't be pushy about it or try to MAKE them stay still for it or you will defeat the purpose of the exercise. This is a good idea to do on a regular basis for just this reason. Cats are not overly fond of having their feet played with so you need to teach them so they don't go ballistic when clipping time arrives. We have cats whose nails I can clip while they lay on my lap with no other assistance because we have worked with them to get them accustomed to the process. Of course, there are others we need Divine Intervention to clip their nails but they are the first cats we had that weren't taught from the start. Hope this helps.