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Title: Cat people - nail trims (how often?) UPDATE post #63
Post by: veronaz on May 20, 2013, 04:02:23 PM
I see there are some cat owners on here!  Lots of pretty pics.  :)

How often do you trim those claws?
Do you do it yourself or take to vet?

I just can’t do it; a friend helps me out or I get my girl’s nails trimmed at the vet.  She seems to need trimming every 6-8 wks.

But when her nails get too long, she can do some damage when I try to play or pick her up.  >:D

Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: SiotehCat on May 20, 2013, 04:04:04 PM
I am a cat groomer. I trim my own cats nails once a month. 4-6 weeks is what I recommend to my clients.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 20, 2013, 04:08:50 PM
We currently have 11 cats (resident cats, foster adults. & foster kittens). We trim as needed, where "as needed" is defined as "draws blood."

We wait until they're sleeping, then sneak up on them and clip just the pointy tips with regular nail clippers.

Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: DottyG on May 20, 2013, 04:10:11 PM
The best way to trim them is a little bit off at a time.  Just take the tips off more often than do a long chunk off at one time.  This allows the nail to grow properly and won't let the quick get too long underneath the nail.

And, on that note, please do be careful not to nick the quick.  I accidentally cut into the quick the other day on one of my parents' cats - it was the last nail I was cutting on the 2nd cat.  So it was the final clip I was having to do.  I felt so, so bad. :(  We immediately put some stuff on it to stop the bleeding.  And she was ok.  But I wasn't.  I felt so horrible that I'd done it - even accidentally.  I apologized to her the rest of the evening and the next day.  It's harder on the human than the cat, I think.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 20, 2013, 04:10:25 PM
Once a month for an adult cat. We use regular human nail clippers.

Also, I am a big proponent of the towel wrapping method for ensuring compliance.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: DottyG on May 20, 2013, 04:11:34 PM
Oh, and give them a treat afterwards.  If they associate it with something pleasant, they'll be easier to work with.

Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Snooks on May 20, 2013, 04:17:33 PM
We do as and when on ours.  One of them has associated the noise of getting the clippers out with treats and comes bounding down, unfortunately he's not awfully keen on co-operating to get his treat.

I did find an odd thing with our indoor cat, her nails were really thick.  Has anyone else found this?  Should I be worried?
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Mulegirl on May 20, 2013, 04:31:50 PM
Probably she needs a scratching post.  Cats generally keep their claws sharp by shedding the outer layers when scratching.  The layers build up and cause the thickened nails.  Even though the post sharpens the nails, it makes it easier to trim because the nails are thinner.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Bijou on May 20, 2013, 04:36:23 PM
We have the vet do it every 4 to 6 weeks or sooner, if I see her snagging on stuff.  I can't bear the thought that she might get hooked up on something and fall off of it, unable to get herself unhooked. 
I've tried to do it, but she does not cooperate, at all, and I am very afraid that I might hurt her.  At the vets she just ignores the whole procedure as though nothing is being done to her feet. 
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: *inviteseller on May 20, 2013, 04:37:36 PM
I clip when they draw blood   lol.  I have 4 not (and a feral momma that I will not clip her nails!) .  I sit them on my lap and give a little bit of love first then start clipping as I coo softly.  I just use toenail clippers, but until you get used to it, keep a small bowl of flour handy in case you accidentally nick one...instant styptic pencil.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: magicdomino on May 20, 2013, 04:40:42 PM
Domino the Neurotic has been getting his claws clipped when he goes to the vet for his annual check-up and shots.  I'm going to have to break down and bring him in more often.  Last time, he had a claw embedded deep into his paw.   :'(  That was back in November, and he's snagging on the bathroom rug again.  I keep telling Domino that he should take up nailbiting instead of urinating on stuff, but will he listen?  Nooooooooo.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: PastryGoddess on May 20, 2013, 04:43:43 PM
Once a month front paws only.  I have three cats but only 5 paws to clip. 

Cat 1 is very docile and while she doesn't like it will sit and let me clip her nails.  She only has 1 paw.

Cat 2 has to be in a good mood and I can clip 1 claw at a time before she moves away

Cat 3 has to be pounced on and rolled up into a cat burrito. I have to be very quick.  It took about a year for her to stop hissing after the humiliation
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 20, 2013, 04:56:38 PM
I saw "PediPaws" on TV and the commercial made it look as if cats (and dogs) just LOOOOOOOVE to get their nails trimmed.  Uh, yeah  Sure  ::) ;D
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: DottyG on May 20, 2013, 04:58:03 PM
Yeah.  That thing is a joke!

Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: mlogica on May 20, 2013, 05:16:38 PM
Also, I am a big proponent of the towel wrapping method for ensuring compliance.

When we first got our cats, the vet tech told us about that technique and called it "kitty burrito".

We adopted our cats as an adult pair (about 3 years old) from the person who originally adopted them from the Humane Society.  For whatever reason, he didn't trim their claws (or maybe did it only when they were sleeping or something), so they weren't used to it.  The female wasn't happy but was docile enough to put up with it.  The male had to be wrapped in a towel and one paw extracted at a time.  Fortunately, it wasn't that long before they both figured out that "claw clipping = treats".  Almost nine years later, claw clipping is a non-event, except that sometimes the male still swishes his tail and complains.

As for timing, about once a month, or whenever we notice the claws are getting sharp.  We have a few scratching posts and both cats use them regularly; I don't know if that makes any difference in the timing or not.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: nuit93 on May 20, 2013, 05:23:30 PM
Yeah.  That thing is a joke!

We bought one.  The cats prefer the regular clippers.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Bramble on May 20, 2013, 05:33:22 PM
I trim my cat's nails myself whenever I can feel the claw pinpricks through clothes.  I use claw clippers that have a scissor-like action.

My cat has never had an issue with it, although I did start clipping regularly when he was a young kitten, so its old hat to him by now.  He doesn't get treats, but he does get a post-clipping cuddle and belly rub.  The only issue I have is that he sometimes tries to play with the clippers while I'm trying to clip his claws.  I usually try and do it when he's in a mellow mood to avoid that.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 20, 2013, 05:34:43 PM
My cat won't use scratching posts.  I tried various ones, and then tried a homemade one with sandpaper.  She wants nothing to do with it.  :-\ But, she doesn't scratch on anything else, either (furniture, etc).
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Ms_Cellany on May 20, 2013, 05:43:09 PM
We do as and when on ours.  One of them has associated the noise of getting the clippers out with treats and comes bounding down, unfortunately he's not awfully keen on co-operating to get his treat.

I did find an odd thing with our indoor cat, her nails were really thick.  Has anyone else found this?  Should I be worried?

I second that she needs a scratching post, and that you should keep an eye on her.  I once adopted a cat, and a bit later noticed what I thought was a button caught between his toes. It turned out to be one of his claws, which had grown in a circle with the point sticking into his paw pad. Took a vet to cut it.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: DottyG on May 20, 2013, 05:53:17 PM
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My cat won't use scratching posts.

Oh.  Well, I see your problem there.  You don't have my sofa.  Apparently, my sofa is "THE thing" to sharpen your claws on.  Just ask my Elphaba.  She will tell you that it beats anything else in getting claws perfectly sharp - and shredding said sofa.  Also uses the walls, but that's more to stretch - the claws sometimes get involved as well, but that's just a secondary thing.

Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 20, 2013, 05:57:21 PM
 :D haha, guess I'm lucky.  Friend's cats ruined some of her furniture; she could not get them to stop.  My girl only scratches prior to exiting her litterbox (which is normal).
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Jocelyn on May 20, 2013, 06:03:40 PM
My kitties' favorite scratching item is a corrogated cardboard box. Apple crates, with the purple dimpled sheets to hold the apples, are a close second, as is furniture.  :(

Start with paw massages. Wait til  the cat is relaxed and enjoying a petting, and then massage his paws. This not only feels good (once the cat decides you're not up to an evil plot), it gets the cat used to having his paws handled. Then take regular human toenail clippers, and clip. At first, you may only be able to get one claw per session, but it's better for you to clip 1 claw and then release the cat on YOUR schedule, than it is for the cat to learn that he can make you stop before your goal is achieved.  Eventually, you work up to all 5 claws, and the cat knows he might as well just put up with it, because he's not leaving until you're finished. :)

I have trained adult rescues and feral kittens to accept claw-clipping via the paw massage method. Keep giving paw massages during cuddling and grooming sessions, so the cat doesn't automatically expect that a paw massage is a prelude to claw clipping.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: hyzenthlay on May 20, 2013, 06:12:41 PM
I don't bother to clip.  My four cats mostly stick to the scratching posts, would probably manage to pull up the carpet if they wanted to even if I did clip, and only one of them ever accidentally scratches me.

I'd rather deal with the occasional mild scratch then hassle with clipping her. She can be clipped, but it's just not worth the bother.

On the rare occasions I decide I need to, I use a set of claw clippers that's kinda like scissors, and clip a couple of claws at a time.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Amara on May 20, 2013, 06:13:46 PM
I do it whenever I feel like getting a bloodletting.   ::)

Seriously, though, only one of my three needs it but she is jumpy and I simply haven't even tried. I have to be really quick to get her into the carrier and take her to the vet's where she is as meek as pudding. If I tried it, like I said above ... bloodletting. Mine.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: PastryGoddess on May 20, 2013, 07:54:32 PM
I do it whenever I feel like getting a bloodletting.   ::)

Seriously, though, only one of my three needs it but she is jumpy and I simply haven't even tried. I have to be really quick to get her into the carrier and take her to the vet's where she is as meek as pudding. If I tried it, like I said above ... bloodletting. Mine.

The kitty burrito works, but you have to be fast.  And use a very thick towel. And watch out for the back claws :)
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: m2kbug on May 20, 2013, 08:21:48 PM
I hardly ever bother with my cat's nails anymore.  He doesn't scratch inappropriately and cause damage outside of the door trim, which is a non-issue for me and can be easily replaced or filled in when the time comes.  With the younger, playful kitties, I'd say 6 to 8 weeks sounds about right or whenever their claws cause injury or they climb the drapes or your pants. 

I do it myself.  I used to be a vet tech and groomer, so it's really easy and quick for me.  I wrap the cat up in a blanket like a burrito to spare us both from injury, and cats feel more secure if their heads are covered.  Cat nails are really easy compared to dog nails, especially black nails, so I get through the process pretty fast.  If I find his nails hook to the carpet, which is rare, or if I feel like some cat wrestling, that's when the nails get cut. My cat only pays attention to me when he's hungry.  He's the most antisocial cat I have ever had.  I would probably trim his nails more often if he was actually around and might poke me with his claws. 

Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Lynnv on May 20, 2013, 09:03:43 PM
Harry gets trimmed about every 4 weeks and is completely mellow about the whole thing.  The one time I ever cut him to the quick, he just held up his paw and meowed until I made it stop.   He is a complete mush ball.   

Artie is about every 3 weeks as his seem to grow faster.  He isn't quite as mellow about it as Harry, but he isn't too bad. I just do one paw, give him loads of love and them move on to the next.   They both let me do all 4 in one sitting. 
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 20, 2013, 09:06:00 PM
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he just held up his paw and meowed until I made it stop.   
awwww, what a sweetie
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Figgie on May 20, 2013, 09:43:00 PM
My spouse clips our cats nails about once a month.  He sits them up in his lap like a little stuffed kitty and clips them all at once.  The reason he can do this, is because every cat we have ever owned has been trained to sit like this and to have their feet and toes messed with. 

If we get them as kittens, they are held in this position and we play with their feet, pushing out their claws.  We do the same thing with the adult cats we have gotten.  It really only takes a few weeks of daily sitting and playing with their feet before they get used to it and quit fussing.  After that, we sit them up and play with their toes about once a week and clip them once a month.

Everyone is shocked at how easy it is to clip their nails.  They really do sit there like little stuffed animals and let my spouse clip away.  :)
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Calistoga on May 20, 2013, 10:12:06 PM
I don't personally trim our cats nails because they never need it. They're outdoor cats and they spend too much time climbing trees.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Julian on May 20, 2013, 10:15:41 PM
I've only ever clipped one cat's claws.  Dear old Milly had trouble retracting them as she got older and sicker, so I just clipped the ones that were getting caught on things.

Apart from that, my cats really aren't scratchy with people, and I figure cat serfdom entails a certain amount of accidental scratching anyway.  Morty and Salem are happy using scratching posts, trees and cardboard boxes* to scratch on, and occasionally Salem tries the lounge suite as well. 

* I have a wardrobe-sized moving box in one of the garden sheds.  Morty loves it, it now looks like shredded confetti on one side.   ::)  It's the only reason the box hasn't yet been dumped.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Arrynne on May 20, 2013, 11:20:20 PM
I trim the nails myself, whenever they get pointy.  Probably every 4-6 weeks.  My cats tolerate trims well.  My dogs on the other hand...It's worth the money to have someone else do it.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Pen^2 on May 20, 2013, 11:25:40 PM
I'd clip them myself when they started getting caught on things, about once a month or so. She hated it, so I'd only do one paw a day (taking perhaps 30 seconds), and continue the next few days until all the long nails were done. And I would always follow up immediately with something yummy. Tuna omlette was her favourite, as well as mine, since I'd eat most of it first and give her about a quarter. Everyone wins!

You can get it done at a vet, but unless you have to go there anyway, it's a bit of a waste to put the poor cat in a carrier and car and all of the associated distress just for something that only takes three minutes (unless your cat loves going to the vet for some reason and isn't upset by all of the associated things to get there). I asked the vet when we first got our cat, and she said that it's nicer to do it at home if you know what you're doing, and showed me how. Just keep your clippers clean and sharp, and don't clip the black line running down nail and you're good.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: katycoo on May 20, 2013, 11:33:02 PM
We don't.  Neither of ours cats have ever needs their claws trimmed.  They were at the vet for shots a few weeks ago and they weren't done there so ia ssume the vet agrees.

The cats do spend time outside and have a few scratching posts so I assume their day to day behaviour keeps their claws at a good length.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Pen^2 on May 21, 2013, 12:08:32 AM
We don't.  Neither of ours cats have ever needs their claws trimmed.  They were at the vet for shots a few weeks ago and they weren't done there so ia ssume the vet agrees.

The cats do spend time outside and have a few scratching posts so I assume their day to day behaviour keeps their claws at a good length.

Ooh yeah--forgot about this!

Outdoor cats don't need their nails trimmed as much as those who are entirely indoors. Often not at all, since they'll scratch them on bark and stuff to keep them short. I'd only trim an outdoor cat's nails if they were getting caught on things or were obviously too long. Best to check with a vet during the next visit.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: siamesecat2965 on May 21, 2013, 08:36:15 AM
We currently have 11 cats (resident cats, foster adults. & foster kittens). We trim as needed, where "as needed" is defined as "draws blood."

We wait until they're sleeping, then sneak up on them and clip just the pointy tips with regular nail clippers.

I used to use regular "people" nail clippers on mine as well. Don't recall how often, but I used to grab him, kind of stuff him under my arm like a football - not hurting him, grab one paw at a time, and clip away. He'd howl like he was being tortured, but never scratched or bit, jump off my lap when I was done, shake his ruffled fur, and 3 second later, be back in my lap, purring up a storm.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Lynnv on May 21, 2013, 09:07:22 AM
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he just held up his paw and meowed until I made it stop.   
awwww, what a sweetie

Yep-I got the "servant, fix this" look and commentary.  And then he wanted to go for a walk (he has his own stroller).

Spoiled?  Whatever gives you that idea.   ;D
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: MonteCristo on May 21, 2013, 09:08:03 AM
My method is rather haphazard...if they walk on me and I get poked, then I trim their nails.  I probably do Alexei's every two week, and Lyla maybe once a month...She is a lot better about scratching hers down on the posts.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: wolfie on May 21, 2013, 09:12:51 AM
I don't bother. I did when I first got the cats, but then I took in a feral and since I couldn't touch her I couldn't clip her nails. Once I saw that it didn't hurt anything I didn't bother doing it with the other cats either. They do get clipped when then go to the vet though.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 21, 2013, 09:47:18 AM
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he just held up his paw and meowed until I made it stop.   
awwww, what a sweetie

Yep-I got the "servant, fix this" look and commentary.  And then he wanted to go for a walk (he has his own stroller).

Spoiled?  Whatever gives you that idea.   ;D

Can we have a picture of him in his stroller? Please?  ;)
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: magicdomino on May 21, 2013, 09:47:29 AM
I do it whenever I feel like getting a bloodletting.   ::)

Seriously, though, only one of my three needs it but she is jumpy and I simply haven't even tried. I have to be really quick to get her into the carrier and take her to the vet's where she is as meek as pudding. If I tried it, like I said above ... bloodletting. Mine.

Yup, that's Domino.  If I even try to pick him up, he becomes The Whirlwind of Death.  He has bitten me through a towel.  If I spend an hour chasing Domino into exhaustion and take him to the vet, he becomes totally passive. 
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Lynnv on May 21, 2013, 10:00:18 AM
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he just held up his paw and meowed until I made it stop.   
awwww, what a sweetie

Yep-I got the "servant, fix this" look and commentary.  And then he wanted to go for a walk (he has his own stroller).

Spoiled?  Whatever gives you that idea.   ;D

Can we have a picture of him in his stroller? Please?  ;)

Sure.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img96/3017/harrystroller.jpg)

He loves to go for walks.  We go up to a park or the school and he gets out and wanders around.  Complains if dogs get too close (he isn't scared of them-he is aggressive and wants to beat them up).  And sucks up to all the people who come up and ask how on earth we got him to walk with us.   ;D  Outside of the dog thing, he is pretty much a good-natured mush most of the time.  And he loves people.  And snow. 

My sister says the stroller proves we are crazy cat people.  I argue that we got it at a thrift store, so that is different than buying him a brand new stroller to walk in.  She says that only proves we are cheap crazy cat people.   She might have a point.

Bob never walked with us-he would have been scared into his next incarnation.  And Artie doesn't even want to go on the screen-porch if noone is out there with him, so we aren't even trying with him.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 21, 2013, 10:05:15 AM
Thank you, he is adorable!
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 21, 2013, 10:13:21 AM
Oh my goodness, Lynnv, LOVE the stroller pic!! ;D
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: misha412 on May 21, 2013, 10:15:13 AM
I do the cats once a month. I bathe the dog once a month and do his nails soon after he comes out of the bath. It only makes sense to do all the pet nails at the same time.

I am lucky with my current pair. Both are easy to do nails. The girl just sits there waiting for me to get done. The boy usually starts a bit of growling half way through, but doesn't do anything else.

Everyone gets treats throughout so it is as pleasant as possible.

I used to have a female cat, Inky, who made doing nails almost impossible. Everyone is talking about "cat burrito." With her it was "cat mummy". That means grabbing her and wrapping her up as tight as possible in a large towel. Unwrap a paw and clip as fast as possible. Meanwhile she was squirming and fighting. After one claw, unwrap and rewrap because she got enough lose to get her claws out. We had tried every other technique with her, but this is the only one that worked at all.


Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: misha412 on May 21, 2013, 10:16:56 AM
Love the cat stroller.

My cats go out with harnesses and leashes. Never thought about a stroller though.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: crankycat on May 21, 2013, 10:57:05 AM
(http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e8/crankycat7137/74426_1620804473598_1041023905_31706545_6982528_n.jpg)

I use claw covers on my Cornish Rex.  I use a similar method as Siamesecat: grab cat and tuck under my arm, holding against my body---avoiding pointy bits.  I agree that handling their feet when they are kittens helps quite a bit.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 21, 2013, 10:59:53 AM
Regarding the cat burrito/mummy, I’d think claws would get caught in a towel.  Wouldn’t a smoother cloth be better?  (old pillow case or tablecloth)
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: PastryGoddess on May 21, 2013, 11:52:25 AM
Regarding the cat burrito/mummy, I’d think claws would get caught in a towel.  Wouldn’t a smoother cloth be better?  (old pillow case or tablecloth)

No, their claws don't get caught.  A pillow case would be ripped to shreds in about :02 seconds the tablecloth might last until :10 seconds.  Big thick fluffy towels are good
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: ladyknight1 on May 21, 2013, 11:55:45 AM
We also clean their eyes and tear marks when we check their nails.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: tjika on May 21, 2013, 12:14:46 PM
Mine are indoor/outdoor and I clip their nails if i can hear them walking on the floor. Which is hardly ever.
One is a scaredy cat though, I rescued him when he was an adult, I have enough trouble catching him to remove any mats, no way am I going to bother with his nails unless he absolutely needs it. It will just cause him more stress.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Girlie on May 21, 2013, 12:18:09 PM
Our adult cats get their claws trimmed any time we notice them starting to scratch the furniture. When their nails get that long, time to trim!

We were originally using regular nail clippers, just turned sideways. But our boy has such long, thick nails, that the clippers were actually causing the claw to crack. We switched to cat claw clippers, which cost us about $6, look like little scissors, and work great.

Our cats have been having their claws trimmed since they were kittens, so they're used to it and don't move while we're doing it. We've got some stray kittens we're working on at the moment, too.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Snooks on May 21, 2013, 12:46:11 PM
We do as and when on ours.  One of them has associated the noise of getting the clippers out with treats and comes bounding down, unfortunately he's not awfully keen on co-operating to get his treat.

I did find an odd thing with our indoor cat, her nails were really thick.  Has anyone else found this?  Should I be worried?

I second that she needs a scratching post, and that you should keep an eye on her.  I once adopted a cat, and a bit later noticed what I thought was a button caught between his toes. It turned out to be one of his claws, which had grown in a circle with the point sticking into his paw pad. Took a vet to cut it.

She loves her scratching post and uses it all the time. They don't seem to cause her any discomfort and they're definitely not growing round.
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Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: m2kbug on May 21, 2013, 02:06:26 PM
I want a Cornish Rex!!  Someday... 

Beautiful cat!

I found a blanket or comforter better than a towel for "cat burrito." 
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Cz. Burrito on May 21, 2013, 03:04:01 PM
I saw "PediPaws" on TV and the commercial made it look as if cats (and dogs) just LOOOOOOOVE to get their nails trimmed.  Uh, yeah  Sure  ::) ;D

I just have regular cat nail trimmers, but my cat purrs while I'm trimming his nails.  He'll put up a teeny bit of a fight, but then will settle down and let me do it.  I trim his claws about once a month.  I play with his feet often so that he's used to me touching them.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 21, 2013, 03:11:22 PM
We also clean their eyes and tear marks when we check their nails.

I do that sometimes, but I have to be really sneaky and FAST!  Same for cleaning ears. 
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: GreenEyedHawk on May 21, 2013, 04:03:38 PM
I trim kitty nails on a sort of as-needed basis.  I keep the nail clippers at my desk and trim whichever cat happens to be napping in my lap. (I have a good medium-sized set of animal nail clippers from my days as a groomer.  They are they scissor-type and work interchangeably on dogs and cats.  Both cats are very amenable to nail clipping though I think it's just their natural personalities as both are very laid-back and tolerant. 

I know from my days as a groomer that this is Not Normal for Kittehs. 
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: SamiHami on May 21, 2013, 07:24:28 PM
Once a month for Sammy. We do it the same day we put the flea stuff on his neck. Yeah, he gets treats after that...poor baby! I don't use nail clippers as the nails tend to split when I use them. I got nail scissors from PetSmart and use those instead. They seem to work pretty well.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on May 21, 2013, 07:42:19 PM
Sammy is beautiful!  Is he an outdoor cat?
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: Lynnv on May 21, 2013, 07:55:12 PM
Love the cat stroller.

My cats go out with harnesses and leashes. Never thought about a stroller though.

We tried harness and leash, and it didn't really work.  So he rides up to the park or up to the playground at the elementary school (weekends) and then gets out and slinks around in the grass for a while (on leash, of course).  He likes the little kids who come play with him when we go walking.  And there is often all manner of "our cat would NEVER do that" and little kid squealing about the "big baby kitty."   :D
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: StarFaerie on May 22, 2013, 03:36:05 AM
I clip Linus' whenever he starts to get stabby just walking on me, say once every 6 weeks.

He's a beautifully natured cat though.  He's only been having his claws trimmed for the last 2 years or so, even though he was already an adult cat when I met him (BFs cat), but unusually for a cat that was never trimmed as a kitten, he loves having it done. As soon as I grab the clippers he comes running, purring as loud as he can, because it means he gets pats and attention and then some treats. The only issue is stopping him rubbing his face on the clippers long enough to clip.

He was exactly the same when he got a big cut and BF had to clean it with saline. He purred loudly and tried to rub his face on the cloth and BFs face and hand and on the bowl. He was just so ecstatic to be being paid attention to.

You'd think he was starved of attention but he really isn't, he just can't possibly be loved enough, though only on his own terms and by his people. He's such a biddable and loving cat that we taught him to sit on command within a week of starting training.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: crankycat on May 22, 2013, 02:17:24 PM
I want a Cornish Rex!!  Someday... 

Beautiful cat!

I found a blanket or comforter better than a towel for "cat burrito."

Thanks!  Her name is Vanora and she is 6.5 pounds of personality.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: JeseC on May 23, 2013, 02:07:07 AM
About once a month, here.

It's the funniest thing, though.  Pouncy isn't happy about it, but when he's tired he's too lazy to actually do anything about it.  So he just sits there producing pitiful mews and occasionally making a half-hearted attempt to pull a paw back.  I think he just has to make sure we know he objects.
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?)
Post by: veronaz on June 29, 2013, 11:33:41 PM
I tried the "kitty burrito" and I was able to trim 3 nails.  I couldn't believe how calm my girl was, at least for a couple minutes!

Progress!  :)
Title: Re: Cat people - nail trims (how often?) UPDATE post #63
Post by: EMuir on June 30, 2013, 12:25:48 AM
Yay for progress!

We trim front nails every two weeks, rear ones every month.  They know treats come afterward, so it's not a big deal for them.