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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-28-2014, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Nail Clipping

I was only ever to clip Devon's nails twice. The first time by myself, the second with my partner holding on to him. He's really smart and can basically only do things of this nature once then never again. I really want to be able to clip his nails at home so I don't have to drive to and back from the vet. Not that it's far or anything, just more convenient to do it at home and a better chance of being able to keep nails trim short more often than not.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 04:39 AM
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I've had better luck with G when he's tired and sleepy mode. I can do one to three nails until he's wide awake. And then do the rest later. Sometimes I can fool him by nuzzling up to him (he loves that), while I'll discreetly snip, lol.

With Maya, she's learned that patience pays off when being held. (She really hates to be carried or snuggled by me, but sometimes I can't help myself) She's also my piglet, so since I offer her treats of freeze dried meats after the entire ordeal is over, she's learned to be more tolerant.

I think it may help to know what your kitty likes, to make nail clipping not such a bad thing. Treats can go a long way, but your kitty would also need to learn to be calm first. Maybe tiring Devon out first with a heavy play session could help?
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 05:29 AM
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I agree with TabbCatt, just yesterday i managed to trim my kittens nails after it had a heavy play session. The kitten was too sleepy to give a ****.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 07:44 AM
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I would go with doing one or two nails at a time, then giving him treats. As you go along, he may be more accepting of doing a whole paw, or even two at a time but in the beginning I would keep it really quick and then make a big deal of him with praise and treats.
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I once snuck up on Lucy while she was sleeping on my bed and was able to do her front paws. I don't think she ever slept on my bed again! She does not like to be held and has never liked her paws touched so it's been an ongoing problem. The other day I got 5 treats and picked her up and sat down with her then put the treats on my lap. That went pretty good, I got most of the front claws. I did take her in to the vet once to have them done. It took 2 minutes. They said they laid her down on her side on the counter. Tried that. No!
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As long as I make sure he is TIRED, like I've-been-chasing-da-bird-for-hours-please-just-let-me-sleep-tired, I can get all four paws. The key is to make sure they're really, really sleepy. If Jasper has any spunk left in him whatsoever, an otherwise easy process becomes a lot more difficult.


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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 01:14 PM
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I was able to do it with relative ease when I first got Smudge, but it's gotten more difficult. Now I do it when she's asleep, but can only do a couple before she stirs and pulls back. I do it over a few days. I've noticed that I don't have to do the back claws as often.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-30-2014, 10:03 PM
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I've trained my four over the years to sit quietly between my legs with paws over my arm while I do front paws. My girl, Morgan is the most vocal about it, but she doesn't struggle, she's just noisy. And that is entirely my fault as I had a pair of cheapie clippers I didn't realize I was punching the pads of her paws with. Changed the clippers and angle when I clip (as well as keep one of my long nails between the skin of her pad and where I'm clipping) and she's been better. She only grumbles at me for the start when I'm picking her up.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 12-30-2014, 10:09 PM
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I feel for you. We, too, try the laser-dot-til-they-drop routine. But with 4 little kittens, it is a LOT of work to get them all done and not get a few good scratches!

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This is one thing I still have trouble doing. I have better luck with brushing his teeth than nail clipping. He allows only 1 to 2 nails, if I'm lucky, I go upto 4. No matter how sleepy he is, that is that much he will allow.
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