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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3990 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1284 times:

Got any tips on cutting cats nails? I have a 5 yearl old male cat who HATES to get his nails cut! He puts up such a fight when he needs them done. Got any tips that would help me get them done more easily?

We have 2 six month old cats (male and female) also, one does not mind getting his nails cut but the female stuggles a little bit too. Luckly she still small so we can control her pretty easy when she starts to struggle.


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User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1277 times:

What type of nail clipper are you using? I have a nail clipper that looks like a mini guillotine where you slide the nail in, squeeze the handle, and voila, the nail is cut. It looks like this:



When I clip my cat's nails, I hold him by the tummy against my chest while seated, and spread each paw out to expose each nail before I clip it--seems to work okay. He squirms a bit, but we get through it relatively unscathed.

You can try a couple of things to help during the session. One is wrap your cat in a towel to help restrict his movement a bit (and stroke his tummy a little to help him feel relaxed), or you can have someone grab him by the back of his neck while you clip, since that immobilizes cats.



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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8459 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1275 times:
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We have four cats and we never cut their claws. Just remember not to go too short as there is a nerve in the upper part of the claw.


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User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

Sure, spend $40 bucks and take him to the vet and have them do it. It will save you a ton of stress, save your cat a ton of stress (despite what you think). The vet is used to this, good at it, and not emotionally involved. We struggled with this for years with our cat, then one day at the vet, we mentioned it in passing, and the vet said we'll do it. Two seconds later, it was done. The most annoying part ... was that the cat was more or less a willing participant.

Cat's act different with different people in different situations.


User currently offlineFemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1259 times:

We have three cats also and have have never cut their nails.

Why would you need to cut their nails? If it's to stop them clawing the furniture then get some scratchy posts - It works ( boy do they get some hammering !! )

But if it has to be done...

Quoting Artsyman (Reply 3):
Sure, spend $40 bucks and take him to the vet and have them do it. It will save you a ton of stress, save your cat a ton of stress (despite what you think). The vet is used to this, good at it, and not emotionally involved.

Yup, I'd say that would be easier and kinder to the cat if you are struggling

Claire  yes 


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1254 times:

Quoting Femme (Reply 4):
Why would you need to cut their nails?

When my cat was indoor/outdoor, his nails were never pointy-sharp, since he'd use the big tree out front to scratch, which dulled the tips a bit. Within 6 weeks of becoming an indoor cat, his nails were razor-sharp. He began to unintentionally do things like slicing the bed linens, so I had to start cutting his nails. I had to put the sticky protector strips on all four sides of the sofa, since he still likes to scratch on something vertical, but won't use a scratching post.



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User currently offlineFemme From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 5):
When my cat was indoor/outdoor, his nails were never pointy-sharp, since he'd use the big tree out front to scratch, which dulled the tips a bit. Within 6 weeks of becoming an indoor cat, his nails were razor-sharp.

Aaa, I didn't realise that, well in that case and causing that much damage I can see why it has to be done !

Claire

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User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13699 posts, RR: 61
Reply 7, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1230 times:
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Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
you can have someone grab him by the back of his neck while you clip, since that immobilizes cats.

What sort of Vulcan Neck Pinch/Jedi Mind Trick are you doing? IMMOBILIZES the cat my ass! They'll still squirm like hell - just because the neck is stationary doesn't mean the legs are!

All I can say is you need to get your cat VERY used to having their paws handled. Start making a point of playing with their paws and extending those claws while they're sitting peacefully in your lap and once they're used to it produce the clippers.

Make VERY sure to avoid the pinkish-looking vein within the claw though - cats bleed like mad if you cut too deeply.



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User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

I have a difficult cat as well- does yours like to cuddle? If so, grab a paw at a time while he's resting on your lap or w/e, just very slowly.  Smile

If not, place the cat on his back in your lap with an arm around his belly (without making him feel like he's being restrained- I'll bet you anything THAT is what he has an issue with), and grab a toe at a time- if he starts putting up a fight, stop- pet him, coax him, until he's done fighting. Then, go on while still talking calmly to him. Treats might help- give 'im a treat afterwards in any case (despite popular belief, cats DO like to get praise, especially if it's food).  Smile

It'll take ages, but I got mine done this way- and she was a true fighter when I got her- bit, scratched, screamed... was really terrifying. :-P

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
We have four cats and we never cut their claws. Just remember not to go too short as there is a nerve in the upper part of the claw.



Quoting Femme (Reply 4):
Why would you need to cut their nails? If it's to stop them clawing the furniture then get some scratchy posts - It works ( boy do they get some hammering !! )

Some cats, you need to manicure, some, you don't.  Smile All of my cats need their nails cut (only on the front legs)- even if they have a ton of scratching posts around the house (that they use- but they're not THAT interesting).
My 7 year old, Nala, had a previous owner who had never cut her claws, and the cat herself wasn't able to care for them properly- it resulted in a cat whose claws were so long, it actually dug into her paws when she walked. And a cat that was so sore it wouldn't let me touch its paws.  Sad I used the method described above, and despite the fact that she put up a real struggle the first time, she now gets her nails clipped without a single meow.  Smile

Quoting Artsyman (Reply 3):
save your cat a ton of stress (despite what you think).

 no  taking your cat to the vet 1-2 times a month (some cats actually do need their nails cut that much)? For most cats, the vet IS a stressfull experience, even if it is a good vet- especially when it's something a cat can easily get used to and get done at home (for 0 bucks too- 40 bucks a month to get a vet to do something you can do yourself?). The transport, possible sedation and whatnot is far more stressing than being at home and taking it one step at a time...



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User currently offline1stfl94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1218 times:

If you really need to do it then grab the cat in a towel and hold him tight, and just pull out one paw at a time to cut them. But seriously a scratching post works much better.

User currently offlineMBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1200 times:

You're not flipping your cats over, are you? Too many times I see people try to clip cats' nails and feed them pills while they're on their backs. Big mistake. I place the kitty clippers near the chair in the living room where I like to sit to read and watch television. Sooner or later the cat sits on my lap and I take the opportunity to clip his nails while there.

Also, make sure you're not clipping back the nail too deeply. The "quick" of the nail extends pretty far up, so if you're clipping deeply it may actually be causing your cat pain. All you really need to do is to clip of the sharp, pointy end of each nail.


User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1182 times:

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 9):
But seriously a scratching post works much better.

not always  Wink



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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Quoting Andz (Reply 2):
Just remember not to go too short as there is a nerve in the upper part of the claw.

There is also a blood vessel running in there. I'd suggest a blood coagulant to be on hand when you do cut nails.


User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 13, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1158 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 7):
What sort of Vulcan Neck Pinch/Jedi Mind Trick are you doing? IMMOBILIZES the cat my ass! They'll still squirm like hell - just because the neck is stationary doesn't mean the legs are!

Vulcan? LOL. I just grabbed my cat by the back of the neck, and put him in the nail clipping position--he could barely move his legs at all.



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User currently offlineDragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3990 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

Quoting Femme (Reply 4):
Why would you need to cut their nails? If it's to stop them clawing the furniture then get some scratchy posts - It works ( boy do they get some hammering !! )

There are 5 scratching posts throughout the house and all 3 cats use them, but they still get sharp nails.

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
What type of nail clipper are you using?



Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 8):
If not, place the cat on his back in your lap with an arm around his belly (without making him feel like he's being restrained- I'll bet you anything THAT is what he has an issue with),

That's what I do, but then he will start nipping a my hands when I go to cut his nails. Maybe I am restraining him to much?

Quoting 1stfl94 (Reply 9):
If you really need to do it then grab the cat in a towel and hold him tight, and just pull out one paw at a time to cut them.

I could try that. I could lay him on his back on my lap then place the towel over his head.

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 10):
You're not flipping your cats over, are you?

Just to lay him on his back. I don't give him anything to eat when he is on his back.

Quoting MBMBOS (Reply 10):
Also, make sure you're not clipping back the nail too deeply. The "quick" of the nail extends pretty far up, so if you're clipping deeply it may actually be causing your cat pain.

I have been cutting cats nails for a while now and I only got the quick twice. Both times he started moving just as I was cutting te nail.



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User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 15, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 14):
That's what I do, but then he will start nipping a my hands when I go to cut his nails. Maybe I am restraining him to much?

It sounds like his foot has been hurt at some point and he's still a bit worried that touching it might hurt. Let him nip, but stop for a while if he's getting too panicy or bites too hard (same thing really). Basically, he's just worried that you'll do something that's going to hurt him, but at some point, he'll realize it's not too bad  Smile



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User currently onlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20783 posts, RR: 62
Reply 16, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

Quoting Dragon-wings (Reply 14):
That's what I do, but then he will start nipping a my hands when I go to cut his nails. Maybe I am restraining him to much?

The way I hold my cat, he couldn't nip at my hand if his life depended on it. You've got to hold him right below his front paws, with his back against your chest, not firmly, but hold him there. He'll wiggle, and probably meow like you're about to stab him the first few times, until he gets used to it. They way I approach it is figuring I'm not going to get more than one paw done at a time. Once my cat is in the position, I can go pretty quickly on all the nails on one paw. If he's not complaining too much, I'll do another, but sometimes I have to call it quits so not to scare him too much. He used to run just at the sight of the clippers, but now he's rather mundane about it until I start the actual clipping.



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

One thing that helps is to get in the mindset that you ARE going to clip the cat's claws. My mom could never clip my childhood cat's claws, because she was worried about the whole process. Tabitha knew it and would get scared herself and struggle. I went in confident and had no trouble. Sometimes when I'm clipping Emily's claws, she growls and tries to bite me, and I just remind her that I outweigh her by a factor of more than ten and I WILL get her claws clipped.  Smile Jefferson squirms a lot if I try to clip his claws when he is not ready, so I keep nail clippers beside my desk chair and clip his claws when he is relaxed on my lap. He doesn't mind as much then. I might not get all four paws done in one session, but will get an opportunity for the others in a day or two, so it's not a big deal.


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1043 times:

Use these silly things.

http://www.softpaws.com/



User currently offlineEA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 13699 posts, RR: 61
Reply 19, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1031 times:
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Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 18):
Use these silly things.

It's far easier to trim them than get those useless things on.



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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

Quoting EA CO AS (Reply 19):
It's far easier to trim them than get those useless things on.

Try one of these.  Silly



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