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Old April 1st 16, 02:29 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On 3/31/2016 1:43 PM, Mishi wrote:
On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:47:06 PM UTC-4, Jill McQuown wrote:
When I first adopted Buffy in June, 2015, she was very agreeable about
my clipping her front claws and even the dew-claws. I was absolutely
amazed. I thought, "Good! she's had this done before. Whew!"

After a couple of times though, she decided she does NOT want me to do that.

I *know* not to clip down too far. Nothing I'm doing hurts her. It
just annoys her. Well guess what? Being scratched annoys me, too.

I've tried rolling her up in a towel like a kitty-burrito but she
manages to squirm out before I can get more than a couple or three nails
on one paw clipped.

I can't afford to take her to the vet just to have her nails clipped.
But she is ripping the heck out of me.

Of course she doesn't do it intentionally. The problem is sometimes
when I'm walking across the room she jumps out and grabs my leg, claws
fully deployed. It's like my leg is a tree. OUCH! STOP THAT!

I don't know how to get her to let me trim her claws again. Any


Hi Jill,

I use plain fingernail clippers - they are small enough to hide in my hand, and easy to use.


Thanks, Patti but there seems to be no way to "hide" the fact that I'm
about to clip her nails. She knows what's coming and scrambles away,
often scratching me in the process. sigh

Old April 2nd 16, 12:56 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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On Thu, 31 Mar 2016 09:03:39 -0400, jmcquown

On 3/30/2016 11:56 PM, Je?us wrote:
On Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:47:01 -0400, jmcquown
I was going to ask why she needs her claws clipped, but it's because
Buffy is strictly an indoor cat? Sorry, I haven't a suggestion other
than to take her to a vet to get her done. Then again, I wonder if an
animal shelter volunteer might be willing to help?

She's an indoor cat, yes. It wasn't all that long ago there was a 5
foot alligator in my back yard. There have been reports of rabid
raccoons in the area, too. Seeing as how raccoons often wander onto the
patio and peer in the back door... nope, she stays inside.

I can see why!

Another thought - would Buffy claw a piece of wood to wear her claws
down? My two often go nuts on the verandah floor and sides with their
claws, presumably to file them down.

She has a horizontal scratcher she likes. And a short cat-tree with
wooden legs and she does claw at those. Doesn't seem to do anything
more than sharpen them!


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