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Q: Has Anyone Ever Sedated Their Cat In Order To Clip Their Nails?

November 21, 2008 | By Sue16 | 8 answers | Expired: 2113 days ago

My Two and a half year old cat, Cookie will not let me trim her nails. If I so much as try, she will fight me tooth and nail. If I try holding her in place, she will scream as though she is being tortured and it is very upsetting to me, so of course I stop. Her nails are so long now that they stick in the carpet whenever she walks. They need clipping for sure.
My question is: Can I sedate her in order to trim her nails? I emailed her vet. about this several days ago, but of course, got no answer. I'm wanting a safe sedative to give Cookie ONLY when her nails desperately need trimming. I cannot listen to her loud meows ans screams during nail trims. I just can't go through with it. It hurts too much. I feel so sad for her when I hear that. Can I put her to sleep shortly to trim nails? Thank you for any help you can offer me on this important issue.

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Nov 27, 2008

I used to work for a vet hospital and I know that some cats did get sedated for their groomings there. There is a sedative you can purchase from your vet, people normally use it for car trips, etc. I think its potent though and nail trimmings dont take very long so you might not want to use something so strong. At places like Petsmart they have alot of products that are used to calm pets. Read the labels on those products and you will probably find one suitable for your cats nail trimmings. Good luck!

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Jessica  B.
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Nov 22, 2008

You and the your cat are much better off clipping nails without sedating her! Her vet can clip her nails if you are finding it that hard to do. Most sedatives are labeled as controlled substances and you won't be able to have it on hand at home as it must be stored,handled, and administered by a licensed vet. There are way too many side effects and things that can go wrong when sedating an animal to justify taking the risk to trim her nails. Sometimes, as pet owners, as hard as it may be, we have to be uncomfortable and do what our pet needs us to do for their health/benefit. Either have the vet trim her nails, or maybe do just one foot at a time (I have an older grouchy cat that needs several sessions of nail trimming before we're done). Good luck!

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Nov 22, 2008

I wouldn't sedate any animal unless absolutely necessary because of the potential side effects (death). Your kitty may be fighting it so hard because her nails hurt. As the saying goes..."sometimes you gotta be cruel to be kind". Wrap her up tightly in a big towel so she doesn't hurt you or herself and take care of business. If you absolutely can't do that, I would suggest you take kitty to the vet.

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