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 Post subject: NAILS
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 1:54 am 
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I CANNOT cut Sheena's nails. I am a pet groomer, mind you, and in my 21 years of grooming I have never come across an animal as difficult as my own cat. Does anyone have any tricks? It's impossible. It's like wrestling an alligator.


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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:07 am 
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Grace is the same way. I have never been able to cut even one of her nails. I could trim Blondie's when she is sleepy, but it is still tough to get them all. I take them to my vet's office once a month and let the groomer take care of it. It saves a lot of aggravation and time.

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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:40 pm 
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I don't trim Raiden's nails. They are long and super sharp and I don't care! He never uses them on me! It has to be bad that you're a groomer and can't do your own cat's nails. :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: Cats are great wrestlers. I think I've seen something that you put the cat in -- like a cocoon. Maybe that's to give them medication as you need a paw out to trim the nails. You might try some soft paws and see if that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 10:39 am 
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After getting about 8 holes in my arms and finally a slice across the inside crook of my elbow, that bled like a little river, I decided enough was enough the night before last!
Merlin has been ill recently so not going out as much, and his nails have not been worn down by climbing or anything, so he had large claws, as sharp as a Sabatier knife.
He has never let me do more than one or two nails, and normally I don't bother, as he is so gentle, but this time it was seriously needed.
He chews his toenails on his back feet, so not a problem there.

I tried first trimming the tips while he was sleeping on my lap. He woke up, screamed and bengal barked at me, then ran for the hills.
He came back downstairs, back straight on my lap, and snoozing with one eye open...
I decided to try playing with his paws, and managed to trim another tip off before he realised what I was doing.
Gone for the hills again - This time leaving a protest fart right under my nose! Nice!
Five minutes later, and back down he comes. On my lap. Glaring at me in the way that says "You dare try it again, I'm gonna eat ya face"....
So I grabbed him, rolled him in the blanket, and pulled a paw free.
3 toes trimmed before the Banshee took flight again, this time knocking a half dozen toys across the floor in anger.
Growled up the stairs, and sat on the spare bed mumbling in that Bengal way.
Five more minutes, he is back down again, on my lap, having cuddles, so I sneak the scissors.
This time the toad just lies there and although twisting and turning, tying himself into knots, he stays on my lap, and BINGO all done.
A few treats, some Catnip, and a play later, he loves me again!

Nb - When I say scissors, they are special claw trimming scissors - Much easier to use on him than the clippers!

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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2015 9:00 pm 
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It is just so not worth the aggravation to me. If I need to trim Raiden's nails, I'll take him to the vet and let them deal with it. By the time you've finished with the last nail, it's time to start over again.


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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 1:06 am 
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Ok.....glad I'm not the only one!!!! She goes to the vet in Jan. I'll let the vet deal with it :)


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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:08 pm 
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LOL-- her nails will only get sharper in the meantime! :biggrin: :biggrin:


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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:21 pm 
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A nail trim only last for 4 weeks before they are sharp and snagging on everything again. If you brought her in now, they would need to be done again in January.

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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:02 pm 
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It took Raiden a couple of months to get his nails sharp after the vet trimmed them. They really scaled them back as far as they could.


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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2015 10:10 pm 
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I started clipping Magic's nails from a kitten, so now he just lies back on my lap and let's me do it, I clip them about once a month, if I don't they sometimes snag in the carpet and I'm worried he may get a nail stuck and panic

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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 4:56 pm 
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It's great that Magic is willing to let you trim them. I guess if you start early enough, they just get used to it. It's painless to them, so not sure why they won't just sit there and let you trim them. But most cats just aren't into people touching their paws like that.


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 Post subject: Re: NAILS
PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2015 10:14 pm 
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I think people are a little nervous of clipping kittens nails as the are small, all I started doing was just taking the tiny sharp tip off them, as he used to climb up my legs it hurt when they were like needles, now it doesn't really bother him, I give him a little treat after for being a good boy.

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