My first advice is don’t be scared—be confident. The cat will sense it and be more likely to be calm. And you’ll be less likely to jerk if the cat squirms, and therefore less likely to startle the cat.
My second suggestion is get a helper. What works for us, is if one person cradles the cat on her back like a baby so the other person has good access to each foot.
Finally, be sure to check out this helpful set of videos from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine illustrating how to trim your cat’s claws by yourself, where to cut, what to use, and what to do if you cut the quick. You can watch them in sections One, Two, Three, Four, and Five. Or you can watch the whole video.
There are also bags like the Klaw Kontrol bag that you can use to restrain your cat and still have access to their feet through zippered opening.
There are a number of reasons to trim your cat’s claws.
Trimming claws to protect your furniture is a big reason.
Elderly cats who aren’t as active and polydactyl cats with their extra toes may need their claws trimmed to keep the claws from growing into their toe pads and hurting them.
Kitten’s claws are like needles and they aren’t as good at controlling these daggers when they’re young. I found it was really important to keep Sage’s claws trimmed when she was a kitten and she and Raven were getting to know each other. When I didn’t keep them trimmed, Raven would react angrily at a kittenish swipe from Sage because it really hurt. When Sage’s claws were kept trimmed, they played without Raven overreacting.
We’re sure to trim them if we’re going to have to be giving them medicine.
And I trim them before visits to the vet, so I can reassure the vet and vet techs that they won’t get scratched. I figure the more comfortable people are with my cats, the more gently they’ll treat them.
Tomorrow is Take Your Dog to Work Day. The annual event was started in 1999 by Pet Sitters International to bring attention to the value of dogs in people’s lives and provide an opportunity to focus on the need for pet adopting. The event falls on the Thursday after Father’s Day every year. This year companies in the US, Canada, and Australia are participating.
According to one survey almost one out of five companies allow workers to bring their dogs to work everyday. And the job search site, SimplyHired.com, allows you to search for jobs at dog-friendly businesses (see Special Filters pull-down menu on Advanced Search).
When we first adopted Saffron, she wasn’t good about eating her food. She just wasn’t very interested. I thought that since she’d been a stray on the Yakima Indian Reservation, she’d be a chow-hound, but no. So, it was hard to get her on a schedule for needing to go outside to go potty. And because she wasn’t in good shape, she’d get tired very quickly at the dog park and then other dogs would try to pick on her.
I needed to get her eating regularly, so I started acquiring different food dispensing toys in an effort to get her to eat. The Buster Cube is one of these. She loved it! You fill the cube with kibble or small treats and as the dog plays with the cube, food travels through the channels inside and small amounts of food will randomly fall out. You can adjust the center tube to control how much food falls out. It comes in two sizes for small and larger dogs. It is hard-sided and therefore noisier than some other treat dispensing toys, but it’s durable.
Other people have the problem of their dogs eating so fast they risk bloat. And all dogs can benefit from the mental exercise of “working” for their food. The Twist ‘n Treat and the Tricky Treat Ball are other treat/food dispensing toys. The Brake-Fast Bowl is a bowl designed to stop dogs from bolting food.
Here’s video of Roland, the Husky, using his Buster Cube: