I've been trimming the cat's front claws regularly, and it's fairly easy (although she's squirmy).
But I can't get the rear done. She squirms and goes nuts, and finally starts biting and scratching..
What methods do you use to get this done?
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I've been trimming the cat's front claws regularly, and it's fairly easy (although she's squirmy). But I can't get the rear done. She squirms and goes nuts, and finally starts biting and scratching.. What methods do you use to get this done?

Tell me and we'll both know. It's like trying to put socks on a toddler. Emotion: smile

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Of our two cats, Delilah is the easiest to give a manicure/pedicure to. I usually wait until she is relaxing but not sleeping on the floor and go at it from there. She is a bit hesitant about her back claws being clipped, so Adam usually distracts her with petting or by brushing her.

Stella is another story. I usually wait till she is asleep on my lap then attempt it from there. She makes the same fuss as your cat but as I read on a website on how to clip their claws, even if you get one done a day, it's something. If she gets too upset, I just stop and leave the others to another day.

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I've been trimming the cat's front claws regularly, and it's fairly easy (although she's squirmy). But I can't get the rear done. She squirms and goes nuts, and finally starts biting and scratching.. What methods do you use to get this done?

Speed, experience and a cat in a relaxed mood are the required ingredients.

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I sit my cats on my lap like you would a child, then just trim.
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We just use 2 people. I hold the car by the back of the neck fur and the stomache by the back legs to basicallly stretch the cat out. Then my wife clips their nails. Works great because the cat can't move well when you hold their scruff tightly.
I've been trimming the cat's front claws regularly, and it's ... scratching.. What methods do you use to get this done?

Tell me and we'll both know. It's like trying to put socks on a toddler. Emotion: smile

I pay the veterinarian to do it for me. Well worth it. WELL worth it.

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"Diane L. Schirf" dumped this in on 04 Mar 2004:
I pay the veterinarian to do it for me. Well worth it. WELL worth it.

I was just thinking the same thing! I'm no help. I have clippers, but just for emergency cuts. The main clipping gets done at the vets, and it is far in between. I just can't do it. Definitely not Shadow, Bonnie is still too feral, and Shamrock squirms too much. Emotion: stick out tongue
I sit my cats on my lap like you would a child, then just trim.

Me too. I do their front feet in a more sitting up position, so they don't spend much time in the kind of laid back position for the hind feet. I talk quietly and calmly and praise them for being so good. I start them young, so they get used to it. They rarely every squirm now.
When I started them, I would only do one or two claws and then quit. That way, they were done before they got themselves worked up. It also helps to do it when they are in a sleepy mode. Find them when they are taking a nap, and just do a couple claws. They get used to it be no big deal, and then after awhile, you can do all 4 feet with no problem. I can do a cat in about a minute, and then call the next victim over to get done. And sometimes I have to push them out of my lap to make room for the next cat.
Part of it is to be calm and relaxed yourself. Just like the discussion of the extremely frightened cat, if you act like it is a big deal, then the cat will think it is a big deal.
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