Then when it's time to trim nails, I spoon hold my cat (their back up against my tummy while sitting). With my arms around them, I have the trimmer ready and show it to them. Then I talk sweet talk to them and play with their toes. They relax and you can go ahead and trim them up, both front and back paws.
Seven cats live with me now and I can do all 28 feet in under 10 minutes. I even used to have a cat come to me to get his nails trimmed, if they got too long. He didn't like 'long stickers'!
Source: Years of experience and lots and lots of tabby toes!
By Maile from Onalaska, WA
Trimming the claws involves gently pressing the kitten's paw until the claws are visible. This does not hurt the cat. Trim a small amount of the hook off of the claw - never the whole claw, just the upper part of the claw. It is better to clip too little than too much.
I play with my kittens' paws as part of their play. They come to expect it each time they are cuddling with me.
By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN
I have a beautiful calico cat that just showed up last summer at my door. After extensive advertising for the owner, and not finding an owner, she became my cat. My problem is that she comes in the house for a couple of hours every day, but she loves to be outside. I had her spayed, and shots, but she still has her claws. I would like her to be in the house all the time, but with the claws, it is not possible. Do people have cat's claws trimmed? If so, where do you take them to have it done? I do not want to have her claws totally removed, because she loves to be outside so much. So, who trims cat claws?
If you start easy with your cat they get used to having their claws trimmed. I have my daughter hold my cat over her shoulder and I pick up each paw and trim them. I only trim the sharp hooked ends. Then they get treats of course. Do not declaw.
Declawing requires removing the last joint on the paw because the claws are so intergrated into the joint that they cannot be removed on their own. It is similar to removing your nail along with the finger to and including the 1st joint. The animal is literally crippled. My cats have never done any damage in the house with their claws.