|Purred: Sun Jun 26, '05 4:19am PST |
|Yo, Frankie and Scotty! We think your cat mothers "got it."
Our cat mother has us on her lap with her left arm around us and lifts a paw, then goes at it with her right hand. (Well, different if you are left-handed...) All claws, one paw, then the next.
What she/we discovered is that it is good to pick a time when we are all relaxed -- like don't just grab us if we are prowling, playing or tail-twitching! Maybe one of us will be sitting on her lap, then she carries us over to where the lil nippers are kept (nearby), sits back down and tells us we are going to "do paws now." She never holds us tight -- just firmly. WE don't like to be held tightly, and don't think most cats do! She makes sure she is very relaxed so she is not sending panic signals, so WE relax. If we squirm, she says, "Don't be silly, you know this is good for cats." (Of course we don't know any such thing, but we stay calm as long as she stays calm!)
p.s. She always did Selket first because she is older, and I watched closely and when it was my turn, I knew it was okay.
Good luck! heh heh.