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on 12 Jan 2004:
The technique I posted is the one we used at the vet. It combines the element of surprise with handling ... do the other side. And I still haven't been able to clip my Basenji mix's nails but once. She's impossible!

LOL I've tried everything with Shadow. Claw clipping is one of the only things that will make him bite me (ear cleaning is close second). He's usually very laid back. No experience with clipping dog claws so I can't imagine what that is like with your Basenji. Emotion: smile Thanks for the addtl info, Lyn. It might come in handy for Bonnie.

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LOL I've tried everything with Shadow. Claw clipping is one of the only things that will make him bite me (ear cleaning is close second). He's usually very laid back.

Daisy is my cat clipping cat from Hell. Her brother Mickey is a close second. I bought a "cat sack" for this chore, and cleaning ears would be done the same way. I have to wrestle each one into the sack, but once they're there, I'm finished with all the nails, front and back, in two minutes. Plug in "Cat Sack" on Google and you'll find several different models at a few internet pet supply places. they run around $25 and are worth it.
Are they small enough for cats? Also, are they really sharp? My problem is I have never been able to find a good pair that are sharp enough. They all seem to smash the claw.
Thanks,
Lauren

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Are they small enough for cats? Also, are they really sharp? My problem is I have never been able to find a good pair that are sharp enough. They all seem to smash the claw.

They are definitely small enough for cats if you get the 'small' kind. They are nice and sharp, and I often take them home and clip my cats' claws with them too. However, eventually they will dull (for home use, I'd guesstimate two years or so, maybe even longer since you're only doing cats) and will need to either be replaced or professionally sharpened.
A quick note as I am sure you know, cats' claws grow in layers, like an onion. Sometimes, if a claw sheath is about to come off, the act of clipping the claw will cause it to come off, partially or wholly. This is not damaging to the claw, and not painful. Be sure to cut nails on the angle where the claw is sideways (and flat) not on the angle where the claw is upright (and thin and rounded).
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Oh, ok thanks. I think I may get a pair. I wonder if I can buy them locally, or only on line. Also, what is this guard thing they're talking about that it says it has so you don't cut too much nail? Can you move it out of the way if you don't want to use it? I'm telling you, I've been on a quest for a good pair of sciissors/clippers for years.
A quick note as I am sure you know, cats' claws grow in layers, like an onion. Sometimes, if ... where the claw is sideways (and flat) not on the angle where the claw is upright (and thin and rounded).

Uh ok, but I'm not sure I understand what you're saying exactly. Where is the claw upright? I only cut the sharp tips.

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Oh, ok thanks. I think I may get a pair. I wonder if I can buy them locally, or only ... want to use it? I'm telling you, I've been on a quest for a good pair of sciissors/clippers for years.

Try dropping in at your local groomer's and askign them if they carry them. If not, ask if they know of any local grooming supply houses. If not there either, try hitting a dog or cat show lots of good professional-quality equipment there.
A quick note as I am sure you know, ... angle where the claw is upright (and thin and rounded).

Uh ok, but I'm not sure I understand what you're saying exactly. Where is the claw upright? I only cut the sharp tips.

Okay. Um. How to explain this.
The top of the claw is what you see if you look straight down at the cat's paw/claw. The side of the claw is if you look at the cat's paw/claw from the side. Always cut the claw with the clippers approaching the claw from the bottom up to the top, not from side to side. Bottom to top helps prevent splitting of the claw sheaths, side to side increases the risk.
Make sense?
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Thanks, Orchid, that's a great idea! I'm going to do that for sure. The ones I've bought at pet supply stores have not been sharp at all. I have a whole drawer full of them.

Absolutely, thanks! Emotion: smile
Lauren

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Hello!
I have a bit of a problem with my Charley.He is 17 in May and never had his claws clipped in any way. as he never really liked his paws being touched and there has never been much problem about it, i just let him scratch. He had his scratching sites (front legs of our kitchen table, mostly, but lately they do get very long. Now my thinking is, do you think it better to go to the vets or should I try myself? I am a good learner if I am told what to do, and charley hates the vets, or better he hates to get out of the door.

He is always very very close to an enormous nervous breakdown when he has to go out. It would be another 5 months until our regular visit, and as I said hes 17. I dont want him to be as frightened as he always gets. I dont know where he got this fear of the outdoors from, otherwise hes very easygoing, and there never has been any harm done (other than the usual vets things that every cat gets) to him on the other side of the door.
I wish we had vets doing house visits...