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Old March 30th 16, 11:47 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
jmcquown[_2_]
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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
suggestions?

Jill
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Old March 31st 16, 12:46 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Jack Campin
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When I first adopted Buffy in June, 2015, she was very agreeable
about my clipping her front claws and even the dew-claws. [...]
After a couple of times though, she decided she does NOT want me
to do that. [...]
I don't know how to get her to let me trim her claws again. Any
suggestions?


Get an extra-abrasive scratching post?

Most of our cats never need their claws clipped, but they go outside
(where Marblecake came close to felling a dead tree all on her own,
over a couple of years of scratching).

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Old March 31st 16, 02:09 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
MaryL[_2_]
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On 3/30/2016 5:47 PM, jmcquown 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
suggestions?

Jill


It may be much less expensive to take Buffy to the vet to have her claws
trimmed than you expect. My vision is bad, so I take all three cats in
to have their claws trimmed. I am not charged for a vet visit because
one of the techs does this, and it only takes them a few seconds. I pay
$8.00 each time I take a cat in to have this done. I do not even need
to make an appointment because the trim takes so little time, and the
vet does not need to see them. If we are due for an annual checkup,
they will add caw trimming without any extra charge. I do have
scratching posts in every room except the kitchen and bath rooms, and
some of them are shredded. Nevertheless, mine do need to have their
claws trimmed every few months.

MaryL

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Old March 31st 16, 04:56 AM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Je▀us[_5_]
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On Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:47:01 -0400, jmcquown
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


kitty-burrito... heheh

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
suggestions?


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?

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.
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Old March 31st 16, 02:03 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
jmcquown[_2_]
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On 3/30/2016 11:56 PM, Je´┐Żus wrote:
On Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:47:01 -0400, jmcquown
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


kitty-burrito... heheh

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
suggestions?


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.

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!

Jill
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Old March 31st 16, 02:06 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
jmcquown[_2_]
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On 3/30/2016 7:46 PM, Jack Campin wrote:
When I first adopted Buffy in June, 2015, she was very agreeable
about my clipping her front claws and even the dew-claws. [...]
After a couple of times though, she decided she does NOT want me
to do that. [...]
I don't know how to get her to let me trim her claws again. Any
suggestions?


Get an extra-abrasive scratching post?

Most of our cats never need their claws clipped, but they go outside
(where Marblecake came close to felling a dead tree all on her own,
over a couple of years of scratching).

She completely ignores one scratching post I got for her. She has a
horizontal scratcher she likes but it doesn't seem to abrade her claws.
She has a short cat-tree with stout wooden legs that she scratches.
Doesn't seem to help. (sigh)

Jill
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Old March 31st 16, 02:08 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
jmcquown[_2_]
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On 3/30/2016 9:09 PM, MaryL wrote:
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
suggestions?

Jill


It may be much less expensive to take Buffy to the vet to have her claws
trimmed than you expect. My vision is bad, so I take all three cats in
to have their claws trimmed. I am not charged for a vet visit because
one of the techs does this, and it only takes them a few seconds. I pay
$8.00 each time I take a cat in to have this done. I do not even need
to make an appointment because the trim takes so little time, and the
vet does not need to see them. If we are due for an annual checkup,
they will add caw trimming without any extra charge. I do have
scratching posts in every room except the kitchen and bath rooms, and
some of them are shredded. Nevertheless, mine do need to have their
claws trimmed every few months.

MaryL


I'll call to inquire about it, thanks Mary. Seems like a PITA to bundle
her in the carrier and get her all upset over it, but I might just have to.

Jill
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Old March 31st 16, 03:01 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
Dee[_2_]
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jmcquown wrote in
:

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
suggestions?

Jill


The first time I tried to clip Corky's claws she struggled quite a
bit, and from there it started to escalate. I decided that I wanted
clipping time to be enjoyable for both her and me, and I wanted her
to learn to trust me, too.

I started by going up to her when she was sleeping. I'd clip one
claw, then immediately say "Good girl!!!" and give her a Pounce
treat. I did one claw a day, mostly just the front paws. I did this
for a week or so, just to be consistent in order to establish a
positive association.

When she was quite used to that, I tried something different. I
rattled the can of treats and she came running. I sat on the floor
with my legs out in front and the can of treats and the clippers next
to me. I put her in my lap and turned her so that she sat upright
with her back to my tummy but with her hind legs curled under so she
was actually lying with her back against my stomach. I clipped one
paw at a time, saying "Good girl" if she sat quietly, and gave her 2-
3 Pounce treats per paw. She took to this very well - if she hadn't,
I would have tried sitting her in my lap and doing just one or two
claws or paws a day for a while.

Soon she was purring and drooling the entire time I was clipping her
claws. :-)

One other thing is the type of clipper you use. My cat didn't like
the guillotine clipper at all, but they didn't mind the scissors-type
clipper. Your cat might have a preference to which type you use.

Good luck.

Dee

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Old March 31st 16, 05:17 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
jmcquown[_2_]
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On 3/31/2016 10:01 AM, Dee wrote:
jmcquown wrote in
:

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
suggestions?

Jill


The first time I tried to clip Corky's claws she struggled quite a
bit, and from there it started to escalate. I decided that I wanted
clipping time to be enjoyable for both her and me, and I wanted her
to learn to trust me, too.

I started by going up to her when she was sleeping. I'd clip one
claw, then immediately say "Good girl!!!" and give her a Pounce
treat. I did one claw a day, mostly just the front paws. I did this
for a week or so, just to be consistent in order to establish a
positive association.

When she was quite used to that, I tried something different. I
rattled the can of treats and she came running. I sat on the floor
with my legs out in front and the can of treats and the clippers next
to me. I put her in my lap and turned her so that she sat upright
with her back to my tummy but with her hind legs curled under so she
was actually lying with her back against my stomach. I clipped one
paw at a time, saying "Good girl" if she sat quietly, and gave her 2-
3 Pounce treats per paw. She took to this very well - if she hadn't,
I would have tried sitting her in my lap and doing just one or two
claws or paws a day for a while.

Soon she was purring and drooling the entire time I was clipping her
claws. :-)

One other thing is the type of clipper you use. My cat didn't like
the guillotine clipper at all, but they didn't mind the scissors-type
clipper. Your cat might have a preference to which type you use.

Good luck.

Dee

Thank you, Dee!

Buffy is a tad plump (13 lbs). I really don't want to give her treats.

Everything I've ever read or been told about clippers was the guillotine
were the best because they're quicker. I dunno. This is the first cat
I've ever been owned by whose claws needed clipping. Thing is, she
accepted the clipping for a couple of months, then started resisting. I
have no idea why.

Jill
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Old March 31st 16, 06:43 PM posted to rec.pets.cats.anecdotes
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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
suggestions?

Jill


Hi Jill,

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

Patti
 




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