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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 07-26-2006, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, my friend's cat needs his nails clipped, problem is, he's 20 years old. The groomers won't touch him without his check up, but her mom is afraid the stress would kill him. I suggested cutting his nails themselves, so does anyone have any advice in cutting an old cat's nails?
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Plus his fur looks dull (I think mostly 'cause he's old, but maybe there's something that can help still)
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probably be best if you leave him alone since he is so old. just in my opinoin tho


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unless his nails are proving a problem, i wouldnt worry about it


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all you can do is provide a scratching pad or poast with catnip hidden in it
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i trim my cat's nails when i go home (she lives w/my dad and step mom) and she's 19 years old...we just started trimming them about 6 months ago b/c she doesn't keep them 'clawed down' enought on her own and sticks to the carpet like velcro!!

i just trim off hte very tip where you can see all white...don't trim into the brownish colored area or the nail will bleed b/c you'll cut the quick... i usually feed her cat treats after each paw and pet her alot and talk to her calmly to help keep her calm....hope this helps

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Um, they are proving a problem, else they wouldn't bother with it, some of the nails are digging into his paws, so yeah, they can't leave it alone.
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people always ask me to cut there cats claws for them, the best thing to do, is to tell them that if they sit on the couch petting him or in bed or whatever to play with his feet a little bit so he gets used to it, then one day do it with the clippers in hand, jus do the very tips, you can always do more later if you need to, if you do too much, it will hurt him and he wont let you touch his paws anymore, i use a clipper that has a lil piece on it to adjust how much your cutting just do one nail at a time, them love on him, then do another, it takes awhile but it works
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Yeah, he's not really a fast moving squirmy cat, they could prolly clip his nails while he's snoozing and he'd never notice, they're just afraid of hurting him. I told them all they need to do is avoid the quick, but *shrug* they think one claw is curved and is growing through his paw, but on closer inspection, it's just curved in a circle, between his toes. Still has to hurt.
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if his claws are that long he needs to be taken to a vet so they can clip it without hurting him, i didnt think a cats claws could get that long
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Um, they are proving a problem, else they wouldn't bother with it, some of the nails are digging into his paws, so yeah, they can't leave it alone.
SO guess what? you never stated that they were that long .. you just said he needed them clipped, so dont come off gettin a attitude with me since i said "unless they're causing a problem" therefore i didnt know they were... state your case more clearly next time


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Well obviously they wouldn't bother a 20 year old cat with nail trimming unless he needed it, whether it be a little bit or a lot, because eventually, even if it was just a little thing now, would literally grow into a bigger problem.
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fight nice ladies.. Fubie I still say it needs to be taken to a vet, hes prolly do for a check up anyway. if they wont take him to a vet, you might want to go ahead and jus clip them for them.. remember its best to do a little bit at a time, even if there super long, have some cornstartch ready just in case you cut to far and it starts to bleed.
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Wow I didn't know cats nails could grow so long that they'll curl around?! Poor kitty If that's the case I vote for a vet trip also!
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Yeah, thats called poor care in the first place


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Fubie, I really think your friends kitty needs to be seen by the vet. If his claws are curling around that bad, it could grow into the pad and be very painful, cause infection, etc. Ouch!

I agree with Tarita and Angelnstuff, that's how we always cut our cats nails, great tips. This is the nail clipper we use on the cats and dogs nails, I think it's easier than some of the other clippers they sell. (Here is a link I found.. http://www.petsmart.com/global/produ...N=2025565&Ne=2 )
I don't personally like the ones that squeeze together, if that makes sense. That might be for big dogs though with thicker nails. I just know we had some once and I didn't like them.


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