Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How To Cut And Trim Cat Nails

Cutting and trimming my cat's claws is something that I can safely say will never be on my itinerary. I know there are many of you who think that that is deplorable, sorry, that's the way it is. If I am going to have blood drawn I will do it in the traditional way of seeing the doctor, thank you very much.

For those of you who ARE brave,  my dear friend Linda Hollander Zwick brought this  extremely informative video from http://www.about.com/ to my attention. This video features Janet Tobiassen-Crosby, DVM, who actually makes it look quite easy.  Easy for YOU that is. I'm out of the equation on this one!

Enjoy!

22 comments:

  1. Oh no, I can never do that. My husband always wants to try to trim Eva's claws whenever he sees her not-so-long claws but there is always a NO NO from us. And, before he gets a chance to do it, I've already taken her to the vet. Yes, I just go to him and say 'can you please help trim her claws? I don't know why they grow so fast." LOL! The vet is a very kind gentleman and he will comfort me by saying that claw trimming is actually a tricky job. He's so sweet!!!

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  2. Priscilla I LOVED your comment! Thank you! I take both of my boys to the vet too for claw trimming (Cody is actually kind of overdue right now for his being trimmed and Dakota's are getting long).
    Our vet is very kind too and tells me the same thing that your vet tells you about it "being a tricky job"....I agree! I am too afraid of doing something to hurt either of them and I don't want to do that.
    I hope you have a wonderful day!

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  3. 1. Don combat gear
    2. Take out life insurance
    3. Notify next of kin
    4. Here, Suki Suki Suki...

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  4. Anonymous, I absolutely LOVE that comment! HYSTERICAL! Thanks for reading and posting!

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  5. You are welcome, Caren! Actually, I take Suki to the vet to have her claws trimmed, ever since a traumatic incident with our Siamese X when she was young. I had wrapped her in a blanket with just her head sticking out, and was lying on top of her, pulling out one paw at a time. She was growling and swearing, but I thought all the dangerous parts were safely restrained. I forgot the teeth. She whipped her head around and bit right through my lower lip. I had to go to Emergency and have a tetanus shot. So now I wait until a routine vet checkup, and she lies meekly on the table while they clip her claws.

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  6. Anonymous-Ohhhhhhh Myyyyy God! I never thought of the teeth either!! You mentioned a FABULOUS point. I never would have thought that, EVER!
    You poor thing! A cat bite can be a dangerous thing.
    I do the same, the routine vet checkup....but for cats is waiting that long ok? I always wonder that because my cat doesn't go to the vet as often as my dog.

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  7. Thanks for posting this, always enjoyed good science fiction..., no I'm sure the cat really wasn't hypnotized/drugged, he's probably seen his owner's arsenal of "tools"! Love, Ms. Z.

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  8. Ms.Z thank YOU!!! Lol about the cat I love it! :)

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  9. Great video. Fortunately for me, Connie my breeder had Koko pretty used to getting his nails clipped. I regularly include handling his paws with his daily grooming, whether I actually cut them or not. (Usually it ends up once a week where I need to cut anything.) It also helps to keep their paws close to their body if you can. In other word don't extend the leg. He'd rather get his claws clipped than his butt brushed. Now that would make a fun video! Where's that combat gear?

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  10. Yeah, our humans feel the same - no way are they gonna go to battle with us, we win every time!

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  11. Kokoro well you are a glamour puss!! lol! Seriously I think it is great that you don't mind having your nails clipped. I do handle Cody's paws all the time, always did because I have never seen a cat so "tactile". He literally tries to use his paws as "hands" and he reaches out to "pet" your face with his paws. I rub the pads on his paws all the time and he likes it but I am not confident enough to trim his claws.
    "Butt Brushing"? Pretty funny!! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  12. F&R-- I am with your "humans" 2 kitties would be even harder! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  13. I've had cats in the past who would let me trim their nails (and make no mistake - it's always the cat's choice!), and I've always said when I get another cat as a kitten, I'm going to get her used to having her feet and toes handled from an early age so I would be able to trim her nails. Unfortunately, when I adopted Allegra at 7 months of age, it was already too late. Fortunately, all it takes is the help of a friend who is a professional cat sitter - I restrain, she trims - and not a trip to the vet's for Allegra's monthly mani/pedi.

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  14. Ingrid thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting. You are the EXPERT and I need to listen to your advice in the future. I probably missed a golden opportunity with Cody then. He ALWAYS has let me handle his paws (since kittenhood)....for some reason he LOVES to have his paws touched (both sides) I had mentioned he is super tactile, almost human-like with his tactile ability. I adopted him at 8 wks old, I probably had the perfect chance and blew it. My fears have taken over and he would definitely pick up on my nervousness if I ever tried which probably would affect his reaction.
    That is great advice too about having a professional cat sitter help. I may look into that...he definitely doesn't get his nails trimmed once a month. I must be an awful Kitty Momma!

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  15. A good tip is to make your kitty feel special while clipping their nails. You can talk to them and give them a treat afterwards. Also, if you clip their nails on a weekly to bi-weekly basis they should get used to it. Hope this helps! http://www.cat-toure.com

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  16. Hey Jeff! Great suggestion but who is gonna talk to ME and make ME feel special while I am risking life and limb? (kidding!) That is a good tip. I think in many ways it depends on the temperament of the kitty. "weekly"? "bi-weekly"? I am hanging my head in shame!
    Thanks for stopping by and for commenting! :)

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  17. Caren, you are NOT an awful kitty mom! The only reason Allegra gets her nails trimmed so frequently is for purely selfish reasons - those tiny sharp kitten nails hurt me when she gets carried away during play! And it definitely depends on the cat's temperament - some cats just won't get used to letting you do it.

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  18. Ingrid thank you!! Cody came to lie on me last night before I fell asleep and I was rubbing his paws like I always do and the guilt hit! He needs a trim!! Will have to try and get him to the vet soon. Wish you were here to help! :)
    He LOVES having his paws rubbed, he probably would let me trim his claws but I just can't summon the nerve to do it!

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  19. I've had good luck with the human fingernail clippers if I start clipping when my cats are really young. They don't seem to mind me holding their toes in one hand, applying a little pressure so the claw extends fully and using my other hand for careful clipping. Older cats have required a couple assistants, a towel and a first aid kit. The towel is great for holding the cat and also cleaning up the bloody assistants when its all over. Tess Clearman www.mauapowa.com

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  20. Tess your tips are excellent and I thank you! Even the one advising to have a towel to clean up the "bloody assistants" lol. Thanks much for stopping by and for commenting!

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  21. Whew! I was getting worried for a bit there that I was the strange one. I have always clipped all my cats claws myself. You do have to start when they're young and keep at it until they're used to it. My friends used to ask me to clip their cats' nails too. I've only ever had one complete failure and that was a cat so spoiled that he is completely unmanageable and down-right nasty. Then again, I couldn't burrito him in a towel and get someone to hold him down.

    Funny story. Diesel came to live with me at about 5.5 months old (she's now 20.5!) and she was a spitfire. She had no qualms about using teeth and claws on people. It took 2 of us, plus a heavy canvas coat to clip her claws. We'd wrap her in the coat, my roomie would hold her with both his hands and his knees (Always control the head! Cats are sharp on 5 out of 6 ends!), and I'd clip her claws. It looked and sounded like a war zone!

    Then I got 2 more kittens, Tetsuo and Ako, about 3 months old. I clipped their claws right from the start with very little trouble. I hold them beside me on the couch and I just snipsnipsnip, easy as pie. Then one day, I had clipped the other's claws and Diesel came by. She sat beside me and for the giggle, I took her paw. Snipsnipsnip, and I had her claws done. No fuss, no fighting, no screaming and spitting. My roomie and I were both speechless. I've never had any trouble with her since then.

    Jealousy, thy name is Diesel! All it took was seeing the others get attention and treats. Who knew?

    Thanks for linking the video. It's a great resource.

    -Anastasia

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  22. Anastasia I completely love that story!!!! I have heard about dogs mimicking (hope I spelled that correctly) behavior when you are trying to teach them something. (they say to put a dog with other dogs that are learning the same thing and the dog will try and imitate the other dogs) I never realized the same would hold true for cats!
    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful story!
    Want to come over and trim my cats' nails? lol

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