Singing isn't specifically necessary, it's the calming tone of your voice.
i clip my cats all the time and the more often i do it the easier it gets, plus, the quick starts to recede the more often you clip.
My wife raised rabbits as a child and she checked the nails every week and made it a pleasant experience for them, in time the rabbits would get used to the routine and no longer struggle, in fact many would offer up their paws without a struggle and would sit patiently for the clipping. and you don't need to clip all the way down close to the quick, just a little trim is all that's necessary.
if you are worried about the quick, why not get your flour ready ahead of time... in a little spoon so that's all you waste. and that powder... is it styptic powder? cause if it is... it burns like $%$#(@. they don't understand why there would be pain so it would be more humane to use flour. i've hit the quick on my cats several times in learning and it's not the end of the world. just calmly dip their claw in the flour.
* if you freak out, so will your pet. if you are calm, your pet will be calm too.
Marmalade... if you want us to clip your pets nails... a location other than Earth would be helpful :-)
Last edited by SothPaw; 02-21-2009 at 08:09 AM.