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Old 09-05-2008, 01:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have a lot of trouble getting the kitties to stay still for nail trimming.

Do restraint bags such as this work well for that? http://klaw-kontrol.com/
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I've never tried one, but it seems to me like they would be a waste of money. It can't be easy to get a cat into one, and would probably stress your cats out a lot and make nail trimming a very negative experience, which would make your cats NOT want their paws touched.

Have you tried waiting until they are sleepy and then handling their paws? If you get them used to having their paws handled while they are relaxing, then you can start with lightly trimming the tips off, and when they're used to that actually clipping their nails.

If they are young and squirmy, I find it hard to do claw clipping at any other time. The three kittens get theirs done while they are sleeping or relaxing on my lap. I handle their paws while they're awake, too, but they never sit still long enough for me to clip one claw, much less all of them.
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Old 09-05-2008, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think the bag would traumatize them, although I've often wanted something to hang them in to get at their little paws. I don't see from the picture what's to keep them from pulling their legs back inside. My twins are just impossible. I swear they can hear me get the little clippers from two rooms away. I must have the only cats who come wide awake when I touch their paws. I was able to do them when they were younger, but now it's so hard. Guess I'm doomed to go to the groomer forever.
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Old 09-12-2008, 12:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the advice

I'll do some more experimentation wrapping a towel or blanket around them.

That worked well for giving medication. Instead of causing them to panic, it actually calmed them down, as long as I kept petting and reassuring them.

Maybe I can do it in such a way that one paw is exposed.
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I practiced this on a friends cat,
so I could gain confidence in
doing it for my own cat one day.
If you can do one paw per day,
that's an accomplishment, so
if your cat is difficult, and you
don't want to restrain him too
much, just spread the trim work
out over a weeks time, and get
them used to you touching and
spreading their paws apart when
they are relaxing with you.

sorry to hijack your thread but;
what restraint would be used to
kitchen sink shampoo and rinse
your cat. I know especially short
hair cats don't need bathing, but
I was still wondering about this.
I thought of simply putting them
in a H-harness collar, then tie
the leash to a cabinet above, thus
simulating what the groomers do.
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Petspy...please start another thread for your question about bathing, it's a very different subject.
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sorry, I'll do a search, and see
if I still need to make a thread
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I decided to make a serious attempt to trim Slasher's and Ripper's nails.

I had tried to do it before when they were sleeping, but as soon as I get the first nail extended, they're wide awake and resisting.

I wrapped up each kitty in a blanket, and managed to trim all of the front claws and most of the back ones.

They cried, howled and even hissed a couple of times, but I held them tightly in place until I was done. I was careful not to cut into the quick, so they weren't hurt.

I gave them some treats afterwards, and they don't seem to be mad at me or afraid of me.

Maybe they'll get used to it after a few times, and it will get easier.

I'm still thinking about getting a restraint bag. The blanket is awkward to arrange so that everything is wrapped up except the paw I'm working on.
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congratulations

trimming your own cat's nails is a
right of passage all care givers must go through.
sounds like you are off to a great start.
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i think trimming your cat's nails while he/she is sleeping is the easiest way of doing it.
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