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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-28-2006, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Help!!! Nail Clipping

Hi all, i'm back again with another request. Can you give a sedative to a kitten to clip his nails. Is it legal and has anyone tried it please. I know the vet will probably clip his nails when my kitten is desexed next week, but I have been doing a little searching on the net and I also tried to to clip them myself with a proper clipper for pets, and man, did he go off!!! The noise he made scared me a little to even attempt to try it again - i would appreciate your comments please.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-29-2006, 08:39 AM
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You need to approach nail clipping very gradually. You're not going to be able to do it the first time. Or the second. Or the third......

Start with just getting the cat used to you touching and handling his paws. Do this during a petting session so it's pleasurable. Continue doing a little more each day until he's comfortable with it. Then start extending the nails while you're doing this. Finally you can introduce the clipper and just touch it to his paws so he knows it's not going to hurt. When he's comfortable with all this, then you can clip one or two nails. Only continue as long as he's not resisting. If you make it a good experience for him then he'll let you do it. Eventually you'll be able to clip all the nails at one time.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-29-2006, 12:37 PM
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I sneak up...

I can't clip my cats claws when she is awake, but I sneak up on her when she is sleeping and do two or three till she wakes up and then I stop. She barely knows what happend. I've done this with 2 different cats and it seems to be the easiest way, though sometimes it takes a few days to get them all trimmed. The best way to get them "really" sleepy is to play with them till they want to sleep then let them sleep for 5 or ten min, then pounce!
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-29-2006, 04:53 PM
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I would take coaster's recommendation. I started trimming Dusty's nails like this when he was just a kitten. Before he was full grown, he would let me do them all (front AND back) in one sitting. The key is that he knows I'm not going to hurt him.

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