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Sat Dec 12, 2020, 10:21 PM

Cat owners

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 10:42 PM

1. Nail trimming day

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Response to irisblue (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 10:44 PM

2. oh YEAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we have 5 OF THE LITTLE WHIPPER SNAPPERS

AND THEY ALLLLLLLLL GOTS SHARP CLAWS

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Response to trueblue2007 (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 01:28 AM

11. My cat raises such a fuss over claw clipping

that the vet sedated her the last time and then charged me an outragious price to discourage me from bringing her back again for clipping her claws.

It worked. Kitty has not had her claws clipped since then. My hands and arms bear witness to that. She is not a mean cat, but she is very playful and energetic. I have to move my hands out of danger very quickly when tossing a toy for her. She is also very persistent in tapping me with a paw for attention. She does back off though when I say "ouch." She's learning to pull the claws back and to demand attention in other ways, e.g. staring me down, eyeball to eyeball, or knocking things to the floor.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 10:56 PM

3. Once upon a time...

I had a technique that was quick and successful but I don't know if I could do it now.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #3)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 10:58 PM

5. Did it include full riot gear, the grab and dunk method?

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Response to niyad (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 11:06 PM

6. Nope.

I would somehow, this is the part I don't remember really well, approach from behind and smoothly get the cats mouth open with one hand and shove the pill halfway down the throat and exit rapidly. It was a developed moved that was necessary with my half wild beast of a cat at the time. Still miss her.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 01:34 AM

12. I just mix the pill into a teaspoon

of canned cat food. If it's a pill, I crush it first. If it's a capsule, I open it and pour the contents into the canned food and mix it very thoroughly.

Since her usual diet is dry food, she eats the canned stuff eagerly as a treat. Limiting it to one teaspoon assures that she will eat all of it. Fancy Feast chicken or salmon works best with her.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 01:38 AM

14. That never worked with her.

Had to replace meds because of it.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 01:47 AM

15. Ah well, cats are so idiosyncratic that

there's no such thing as a one size fits all solution with them.

I'm grateful that the crushing and mixing method works with mine. She is very sweet and affectionate - on her own terms, of course. But she turns fierce when it comes to any attempt to force anything on her. Like Jekyll and Hyde, from sweet to ferocious if she feels her rights and dignity are violated.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 10:57 PM

4. The only thing wrong was the title, "cat owners". We all know who owns whom.

Many years ago, there was one particular book on cat care that I loved. The chapter entitled "giving your cat a bath" consisted of a single word. ."don't".

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Response to niyad (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 01:25 AM

9. I was always told that dogs have owners,

but cats have staff.

Have had cats all my life (76 years) and I firmly believe in that statement.

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Response to joshdawg (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 01:27 AM

10. As do I.

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Response to joshdawg (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 01:36 AM

13. I've had both cats and dogs and

I totally agree.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 11:20 PM

7. A pill popper makes things really easy. Scruff, insert pill popper, depress plunger... Voila!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 11:37 PM

8. Even that wouldn't work with a cat I used to have.

Even the vet couldn't get a pill in her, and finally acquiesced to my request to give the cat injections. She held still for those.

And other than that, she was the sweetest cat ever. I had to take her to the emergency vet service once and leave her overnight. It was clear by the way the staff behaved the next day when I went to pick her up, that if I were the kind of despicable human who would have have abandoned my cat, they'd all be arm-wrestling to see who would get to take her home. I think they were almost sorry to see me show up and take her home with me.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Mon Dec 14, 2020, 08:49 AM

16. I love the Zen Clipper. It has a custom opening size so you can't cut into the quick

https://www.thegrommet.com/products/zen-clipper-safety-pet-nail-clipper

Makes it fast and easy. A rescue we got last year wouldn’t hold still and I was afraid of making her bleed, but these are much safer and quicker. Had a cat years back that the vet gave us kitty dose Valium to give her at home before nail trims 😇

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