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ssb
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From:Georiga, US
Registered: Oct 2002

posted 10-15-2002 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssb     Edit/Delete Message
As I have mentioned in a recent post I have just taken in a cat that someone could no loger care for. The cat seems to be good health. Other then a slight peeing problem I have noticed that he bites on his back nails quite a bit. The pads of his paws look like they are peeling or that they are cracked. There is some dark suff between his nails mabey dried blood? Should I clips his nails and if so is this something that I can do? How hard is it to do? There in nobody in my town that grooms cats.

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StephLDB
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posted 10-21-2002 10:15 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I hope this helps. I trim my cats nails all the time. I use a regular large nail clipper to cut them. I do it when they are in a good mood and relaxing. I straddle over the cat (me on all fours) with the cat underneath me. Be careful not to squish him in the process. I talk calmly to him while holding a foot. I carefully push his nail out of his toe and trim the end of his nail without cutting the vein. If the nails are clear you can see it if not just trim a little of the end to be sure. When I am finished I give him a treat. The more you do it the more the cat is comfortable with the process. I hope this helps!

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jhamon
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posted 10-23-2002 09:47 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Try touching and petting your cat's paws when you pet him. Get him used to you touching his paws. I would go to a pet store or Wal-Mart and buy the cat nail clippers. These are clippers that trim the nail in a circular fashion which avoids splitting the nail. DO NOT USE REGULAR CLIPPERS. Human nail clippers shatter the nail and can cause problems. The clippers at Wal-Mart are only a couple of bucks anyway.

I sit on the floor with my legs straight out and place my cat on his back in between my legs to keep him from moving. Then you just gently clip his claws making sure you don't go too deep and clip the vein. Mine are so used to it that they don't even pay any attention to it.

Since you don't have a groomer and no one wants to give a bath to a cat that you haven't trained from day one to give a bath too, I would recommend wiping his paws with a wet paper towel to clean off all of the dried . If it starts to come back, I would take him to the vet just to be sure he doesn't have a skin allergy to your litter or something in your home. Hope that helps!

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nern

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From:NY, USA
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posted 10-25-2002 11:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Here is a really nice site with instructions and picture on trimming nails: http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/ClientED/cat_nails.htm

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pat
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From:Olive Branch,Ms.,USA
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posted 11-28-2002 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pat     Edit/Delete Message
My 9 month old cat thinks he's human,he really enjoys getting his "nails done"-Once a week,I cut them or file them dull. I think he is just very used to this and has become quite tolerant. I've done this to him enough that he actually expects it-

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yellowsubby
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posted 10-15-2003 10:49 AM           Edit/Delete Message
i didn't realise that you had to cut the toe-nails perpendicular to the nails.. instead of parallel.. i have always noticed that my two cats have unhealthy looking nails.. i will try to cut them properly from now on and see if they improve.. this is a picture i just took today of my younger cats nail,


some of the nails are splitting, and have been for a long time.. and hair and fibers get caught in the splits, and i have to pull them out (not complicated) i hope this helps..

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 10-15-2003 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
My cats nails split from either human clippers or the guillotine style clippers. The kind that works the best look like little scissors. They have them at pet stores, but occasionally I have seen them at Wal-Mart. They are for cats or birds. They are the easiest to use and wont splinter the nail.

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yellowsubby
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posted 10-16-2003 04:33 AM           Edit/Delete Message
thank you for your suggestion, i might actually go take a look at those before i cut their nails next..

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 10-17-2003 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
No problem, I learned through trial and error. Here is link to a picture of the clippers:
http://www.petsmart.com/products/product_19480.shtml

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