This cat, unlike other's I've had, is "extremely uncooperative" when it comes to toenail clipping (his, not mine). I prefer not to have to keep hauling him to the vets. Any strategie for a lone person who want to cut his pet's toenaild? Thanks.
James
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I sneak up on mine while he's in deep slumber and usually get at least three claws snipped this way.
He's in a sleepy state and looks at me like, "Huh? Wha? Oh well, just finish and let me go back to sleep."
But I've got fifteen seconds to do the clipping, tops. :-)
This cat, unlike other's I've had, is "extremely uncooperative" whenit comes to toenail clipping (his, not mine). I prefer not to have tokeep hauling him to the vets. Any strategie for a lone person who want tocut his pet's toenaild? Thanks. James

Duct tape? Emotion: wink JUST KIDDING!!
But seriously, I would not attempt to cut my cat's claws alone. One is strong and wriggles away, and the other scratches and bites.
Good idea. You might also want to wrap the cat in a towel, burrito like. They also sell a type of nylon bag where you can extend one paw at a time for trimming called the Klaw Kontrol Bag. I believe they have it at www.drsfostersmith.com.
Lauren

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This cat, unlike other's I've had, is "extremely uncooperative" when it comes to toenail clipping (his, not mine). I prefer not to have to keep hauling him to the vets. Any strategie for a lone person who want to cut his pet's toenaild? Thanks. James

My cat is very uncooperative, too. I have to wrap her in a thick blanket (towels just don't cut it) and for me, it's extremely important that I have her hind legs and the paw not being clipped securely wrapped. I almost swaddle her in the blanket so she can't squirm free. I also found that the longer I wait between clippings, the more she squirms. If I clip her nails every other week, she gets a little used to it and doesn't struggle quite so much. But if I wait a month between clippings, she squirms as though I'm torturing her. I am also prepared to only have a few nails clipped at a time. Sometimes I can do an entire paw, but if I only get 2 or 3 in one sitting, I'm pretty happy.
I should also mention that I don't even bother with her back claws. There's really no points, especially since there's no way she'd let me cut them.

rona

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This cat, unlike other's I've had, is "extremely uncooperative" when it comes to toenail clipping (his, not mine). I prefer not to have to keep hauling him to the vets. Any strategie for a lone person who want to cut his pet's toenaild? Thanks. James

I find the most important thing is patience; I usually try to do it when they're curled up sleeping and don't react right away if I pick up a paw. Then, I'll do only as many claws as they seem to want to allow - sometimes only one or maybe two. If they recoil or seem upset in any way, I quit and leave it for later. Then I'll go back and try to do another. Over time, they get more used to it.
It's a good idea to get them used to having their paws handled a bit. When they're sitting beside me or on my lap, I rest their paw in my hand, and let them remove it as they wish. This way they don't become afraid of my holding their paws.
Deb
They also sell a type of nylon bag where you can extend one paw at a time for trimming called the Klaw Kontrol Bag. I believe they have it at www.drsfostersmith.com.

I have one of those and the zipper split the first or second time I used it. I wrote to the company that made it and asked if they would be willing to replace it or have it fixed, especially since it was new. They said something like, "We've never had that problem before, and since you've used the bag we won't take it back. We're not going to do anything about it." I was unimpressed (having worked in customer service, I am very sensitive about customer relations and companies that (don't) stand by their products).
As for the bag itself, if the bag is on the big side for your cat, s/he'll still be able to squirm enough so that it will be difficult to clip her/his nails since s/he'll be able to pull his/her claws in and out of the armhole. If the bag is just the right size, there's a chance the zipper will split if s/he squirms a lot (as is what happened in my case). Plus there's the difficulty of getting your cat in the bag.
My advice on the bag is, don't waste your money. Go with the towel. It'll be cheaper and less hassle in the long run.
rona

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also sell a type of nylon bag where you can extend one paw at a timefor trimming called the Klaw Kontrol Bag. I believe they have it at www.drsfostersmith.com.

What a great site!
From looking at it, I would have to agree. The biggest drawback is that the cat can still bite you. For cutting Buddha's nails we have to wrap her in a towel, and position one hand in such a way that she can't turn her head and bite the trimmer or me.
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