How best to trim a cat's claws?
July 11, 2009 4:44 PM Subscribe
Any suggestions on clipping the claws of a reluctant cat?
posted by krisak to Pets & Animals (29 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've tried a PediPaws (works great for the dogs, just annoys the cats). I've been trying a nail clipper, since it's quiet and I can sneak up on the cat with it. This works with my female cat, and I've got her claws trimmed to a reasonable length.
The male cat, however, hates to have his paws touched. I can maybe get one claw trimmed each week. I've tried various things, from sneaking up on him when he's asleep to holding him down and attempting to trim the claws (this puts way too much stress on him and I usually let him go before I can even get a single claw done).
What would be nicest would be some kind of OTC cat sedative so he'd be half asleep and not resist. But I can understand how that would be dangerous.
Both cats are indoor cats, and don't spend enough time clawing hard surfaces to wear down their claws. So I try to maintain them so that they don't begin to have foot problems.
Despite being indoor cats, I will not consider declawing them. Even aside from the fact that they occasionally run outside, I'm just not of the opinion that a cat would be happy losing such an essential part its personality.
If the best answer is "take it to the vet so they can sedate and trim", I'm okay with that. I don't mind the expense, but it's a lot more convenient if I can find a way to deal with their claws that doesn't require transporting to the vet.
Really I'm just looking for suggestions on ways I can trim his claws that I haven't tried before.