Besides being cute
, he hate hate HATES having his nails clipped. In most other manners he is fairly easy going. He tolerates being picked up, turned upside down, and having his tummy petted. I can even pet his paws and flex his nails out if he's relaxing next to me. But as soon as something hard touches his nails it's freak out time.
In the past when we've tried to clip his nails he has resisted with full body flailing, scratching, and even biting (and heart wrenching yowling). If we could do one or more nail consistently, maybe I'd put up with that, but usually we can't even get one. After reading some internet I got this
kittie straight jacket on amazon. It helped a tiny bit the first time (I think between my girlfriend and I we got 3 nails trimmed before he started squirming too hard and pulling his paw back in).
I spent the past week wrapping him in a towel to try to get him used to that (hint: he didn't like it), and tonight tried to clip a nail. We got one. Previously
metafilter has recommended a tight burrito, and perhaps I just didn't tighten him in enough, but it certainly did not calm him down any.
Are there any other strategies I should be trying? Are there drugs that are safe and effective to help us mellow him our for this? I'd rather avoid that, but I really would like to have more success trimming his claws.