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    • fairy lights
    • By fairy lights 14th Feb 18, 1:06 PM
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    Any tips on cutting a cats claws?
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    • 14th Feb 18, 1:06 PM
    Any tips on cutting a cats claws? 14th Feb 18 at 1:06 PM
    Cat number 1, (despite spending a lot of time outdoors which you would think would file them down) has grown long, needle like claws, he's sticking to the carpet and getting stuck to his bed and generally in desperate need of a manicure. He's also incredibly affectionate so every time he jumps up for cuddles it's like being mauled by a pincushion.
    I've tried clipping his nails myself but the second he catches sight of the clippers he starts screaming "OH GOD THEY'RE MURDERING ME, HELP, HELP, HEEEEELP!!!" and I've got the scars to show for it. No idea why, he hasn't had any bad experiences having his nails clipped, he just has a dramatic streak.

    If it comes to it I will take him to the vets to get it done but I'm hoping to avoid the stress and expense of a vets visit for something so minor if I can.

    There must be an easier way?
    It's not uncommon for their nails to need a trim so there must be a trick to get them to go along with it without anyone losing any blood?
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    • Catswhiska
    • By Catswhiska 14th Feb 18, 1:21 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 1:21 PM
    I just wait until mines asleep in the sun and use nail clippers. Then again he is used to me doing it and is the most laid back burmilla you could possibly meet.
    • TBagpuss
    • By TBagpuss 14th Feb 18, 1:42 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 1:42 PM
    It's very variable. Current cat will let me do it although he is a bit ticklish and will bite the clippers.
    You could try playing with his feet without trying to cut his nails, to get him used to that, first.
    However, if that doesn't work, then the best way I've found it the sausage approach - wrap him in a thick towel with just the foot you want, free, then clip as quickly as you can. This is *much easier with 2 people, one to hold him and the other to clip, but you can do it singlehanded if you absolutely have to.

    You could try giving him an indoor scratching post but I think mostly scratching just keeps them sharp and takes the old outer layers off, it doesn't blunt them
    • WibblyGirly
    • By WibblyGirly 14th Feb 18, 5:47 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 5:47 PM
    I wait until mine is asleep but in his deep sleep where when I go in the room he doesn't lift his head up or roll over. I just do one foot at a time as fast as possible before he realises!
    He would pack his suitcase and move out before letting me clip his nails while he's awake.
    • minimad1970
    • By minimad1970 14th Feb 18, 8:21 PM
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    • lizziebabe
    • By lizziebabe 14th Feb 18, 8:27 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 8:27 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 8:27 PM
    Sometimes there is a Veterinary nurse in a practice that will do this at much less cost than seeing the vet. Sometimes it doesn't cost at all! Perhaps worth checking.
    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 14th Feb 18, 9:12 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 9:12 PM
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    • 14th Feb 18, 9:12 PM
    I have to clip elderly madam's front claws to stop them curving under and going into her pads.

    We have a glass topper on the kitchen table and she now knows that it's no good trying to launch herself off and away because she can't get a grip. The ploy is that Mr S holds her on the table, I snip her front claws, then she has a few 'dreamies' for being a brave girl.
    Last edited by Silvertabby; 14-02-2018 at 9:15 PM.
    • mystikori
    • By mystikori 16th Feb 18, 4:31 PM
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    • 16th Feb 18, 4:31 PM
    I'm going to be no help at all ... I just wanted to gloat about how lucky I am with my 2 moglets!!! I've had them both since 12 weeks of age and from that time I've flipped them onto their backs on my lap and cut their claws ..it takes me about 30 seconds to cut all 4 paws, no blood or armour or deviousness needed All you guys have my utmost respect for the various ways kitty gets claw clipped!
    • es5595
    • By es5595 16th Feb 18, 4:59 PM
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    • 16th Feb 18, 4:59 PM
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    • 16th Feb 18, 4:59 PM
    My elderly lady needed hers doing...

    After several failed attempts I decided that however MSE unfriendly it was, paying 12 at the vets was a bargain.
    • elsien
    • By elsien 16th Feb 18, 7:10 PM
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    Large quantities of valium for you.
    Not sure about the cat.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 16th Feb 18, 9:07 PM
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    After several failed attempts I decided that however MSE unfriendly it was, paying 12 at the vets was a bargain.
    Originally posted by es5595

    You don't get many bandages for 12 these days.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • Iamzee
    • By Iamzee 17th Feb 18, 2:11 PM
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    It doesn't really matter how young or old the cat is. Patience is the key. Introduce the tool but don't useit the first time. Once it gets the feel it will not harm him after introducing it a few times, that's the time you cut the claws.
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 17th Feb 18, 10:24 PM
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    Sometimes there is a Veterinary nurse in a practice that will do this at much less cost than seeing the vet. Sometimes it doesn't cost at all! Perhaps worth checking.
    Originally posted by lizziebabe
    We had our two's done by the vet nurse. It was indeed cheaper than seeing the vet.
    • no1catman
    • By no1catman 18th Feb 18, 9:48 PM
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    I'm surprised a Vet in this country would do it. Despite the damage to are stair carpet (fortunately few attacks now), it not something I would consider. Cats need their claws (and be confident in them) to defend themselves, be it against dogs, foxes or other cats.
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    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 18th Feb 18, 10:09 PM
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    I'm surprised a Vet in this country would do it. Despite the damage to are stair carpet (fortunately few attacks now), it not something I would consider. Cats need their claws (and be confident in them) to defend themselves, be it against dogs, foxes or other cats.
    Originally posted by no1catman
    Claw trimming (predominantly indoor cats and dogs may not wear their claws down naturally) is not the same as de-clawing.
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
    • bspm
    • By bspm 18th Feb 18, 10:20 PM
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    I'm going to be no help at all ... I just wanted to gloat about how lucky I am with my 2 moglets!!! I've had them both since 12 weeks of age and from that time I've flipped them onto their backs on my lap and cut their claws ..it takes me about 30 seconds to cut all 4 paws, no blood or armour or deviousness needed All you guys have my utmost respect for the various ways kitty gets claw clipped!
    Originally posted by mystikori

    Same here
    • fairy lights
    • By fairy lights 19th Feb 18, 2:40 PM
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    Well after multiple failed attempts at home, using the purrito approach, waiting for him to be in a deep sleep, bribery with dreamies etc I gave up and took him to the vets.

    Who also failed. He's probably on a wall of shame at the vets now.
    He's looking very pleased with himself.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 19th Feb 18, 3:44 PM
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    I gave up and took him to the vets.

    Who also failed. He's probably on a wall of shame at the vets now.
    He's looking very pleased with himself.
    Originally posted by fairy lights
    A kind word lasts a minute, a skelped erse is sair for a day.
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