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Q: How can I trim those claws without being ripped to pieces?!

September 3, 2009 | By Kaukab B. | 7 answers | Expired: 1892 days ago

How can I trim those claws without being ripped to pieces?!

My 12 wk old kitten is as sweet as a button - but she won't let me come near her paws.. Trimming her claws is a task like no other.. I've tried gently sneaking up on her when she's asleep and even tried blackmailing her with treats.. But two claws later, she's up and battling with me! And forget those hind paws.!! I'm trying to get her used to the idea of me touching her paw pads several odd times during the day, but it seems futile.. I know a vet can do this for you, but I really want to be able to handle her claws myself.. I've had cats before, but none of them were THIS diffcult.. And she isn't even fully grown yet, ha! I need a miracle - HELP!

* One reason I want to trim my kitten's nails: she keeps getting 'em caught in places and almost yanks her arm off trying to get free. I want to keep her from injuring herself. I can't always come to her rescue.

Update: Guys, thanks SO much for all your cool advice! Appreciate it!!

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Heather
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Sep 14, 2009

Be relaxed so your kitten will imitate your mood, and touch the paws often this will get him to adjust to it. dont let him pull away from you, once they learn that will get you to stop they wont forget it and will start to adapt bad behavior.

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PinkPower23
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Sep 08, 2009

I know this dosen't sound very nice, but it does work and just annoys the animal. What I do is cover the head with a sock or something, that way they can't bite you, but you have to make sure to hold the paw really tight.

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Kayla L.
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Sep 08, 2009

Pedi Paws is a nail grinder, not a nail trimmer. It's supposed to be used for smoothing cut nails but marketing has pushed it in another direction. They are cheap and most animals hate them. I wouldn't recommend something that makes noise and vibrates near their feet if you are already having such a hassle.

Reasons for cutting nails on a cat? Lots... Furniture saver for one, and there are several people who have allergies but love their felines and if they are scratched they will get hives.

Keep up with what you're doing. The towel is a good idea to isolate them while you isolate the digits. I have to use this on my guinea pigs from time to time and Ursula is building towards it. She howls and moans at me like I'm killing her, but honestly the worst here when it comes to trimming nails is the dog.
For safety and the dog's wussified jerking, I have found a pair of clippers that has a guard on them so I can't cut beyond a few milimeters at a time and hit the quick. These may be available for cats/kittens, but I prefer to use the small clippers for my kittys with like no spring mechanism to them. They also cut better thru the nail if I cut side to side instead of top to bottom around the circumference.

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Stacy H.
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Sep 06, 2009

What is the reason for cutting a cats nails? I haven't ever cut any cats nails before and it has never been a problem.

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Linda B.
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Sep 03, 2009

Have you tried Pedi Paws? They have to get used to the noise, but it's safer because you don't run the risk of hurting them if they jerk.

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Gail S.
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Sep 03, 2009

I wrap my cat in a towel and pull out 1 paw at a time. it she gets real frisky, I gently cover her eys with the towel while I am trimming her nails. That appears to automatically calm her down. Out of sight, out of mind! do continue to talk affectionately to my cat while I am trimming her claws.

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Sheltervt
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Sep 03, 2009

Just keep doing what you're doing. Touch her paws and play with them as often as possible for as long as possible.

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