|Purred: Tue Mar 16, '10 4:50am PST |
|I'm 50/50 on the trimming claws. The one kitty I raised from a baby (8-9 weeks old) will let me do her claws without a fuss. The other one I got when he was older (6 months) and he will not sit still for nail clipping. He sees it as a threat (and is otherwise a gentle and loving kitty).
Well, with him it works best if I can get him to take a nap next to me on the couch or on the bed, and when he's sound asleep, out come the clippers. For a long time I was in the habit of carrying claw clippers in my jean pocket just for that. Generally, he's a lot more relaxed when he's asleep, and if he wakes before I am done, I pretend to be petting his paws. I got him used to having his paws held and stroked first, by never attempting to clip his claws when he let me while awake , so now if he wakes up and feels me petting his paws he's like "Ah, ok, mommy's just grooming me" and he goes right back to sleep. I wait a little while until he's dozing again (it helps that he has a soft cute snore ), and then keep going.
Now, the thing is, this method requires patience. Sometimes I don't get to do all the claws. Sometimes I do a few claws one day, and the rest the next day. But it's a lot less stressful than having to towel a cat, or having him hiss at me.
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