did you cut your pet's nails specially cats and kittens??

@no_chao (549)
Philippines
August 8, 2007 12:41am CST
i never used to it but i had this kitten who was so fun of scratching own feet and hands specially when it's in motion. while we walk, picking something, sitting and even just standing. we got serious slices from her nails but i cant afford to throw her out of the housem so we decided to cut her nails instead.she refuse first but we she had nothing to do since we really work on it. i dont want to do this for i know the nature of theirr nails, its their tool to defense their selves but she's home and noone will hurt her here. ^_^
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
8 Aug 07
If your cat is an indoor cat, you definitely need to cut her nails. The environment outside is conducive to keeping a cats claws shortened to the appropriate length. However carpeting and hardwood floors aren't. Scratching posts don't really trim them at all. I have 2 indoor cats, I have to trim their nails regularly. My dog, however, I never have to trim. If his nails start looking a little long, I give him a little extra time outside for a week and they shorten to a reasonable length.
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@19ewf84 (461)
• Austria
8 Aug 07
I have two indoor cats and I don't do it because it's not necessary
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
8 Aug 07
For my cats it's necessary. Their nails grow fast and long. Their activities around the house don't prevent them from growing to the point that they would curl into the pads if not cut.
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@no_chao (549)
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
maybe in nature cat' claws or nails are not necessary to cut but i think it is the situation that will ask what should be done....
@sunshinecup (7880)
8 Aug 07
No I don't need to. I have in door cats as well but there are at least 4 diffrent scratching posts here in the house that they use and that alone keeps their nails down. I tried cutting their nails once before but I was so scared of cutting into that vein, so I just bought the scratch posts.
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@19ewf84 (461)
• Austria
8 Aug 07
"cutting into that vein" - that's exactly what is so dangerouse.. I remember*my* vet saying that it's absolutley bul*sh*t to cut nails of cats and it is dangerous because it's different of where their veins end...
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@wiccania (3360)
• United States
8 Aug 07
My cats won't go near scratching posts. They don't like them. I've tried several different types to no avail. So I had my vet show me how to trim their nails. I can see the vein in their nails so it's easy.
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@19ewf84 (461)
• Austria
8 Aug 07
I don't do it and normaly you don't have to to so.. all they need is a furniture where cats can scratch their claws (I guess there's one word for it.. anyone pls help! lol)
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@no_chao (549)
• Philippines
17 Aug 07
i dont know the term either but i do give them a play mat.
• Philippines
8 Aug 07
why you need to cut her nail, most cats are not like that they dont cut their nails...
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@no_chao (549)
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
you have point but the kitten i was talking about is a lil' dangerous to play with. she is fun with playing to human especially when i sit beside her and there are really serious scratches i got from her claws. but i also feel bad to my self whenever i saw her trying to climb up the tree in our backyard and she really cant make it because of the cut.....and it breaks my heart to see her that way...
@Calais (10898)
• Australia
8 Aug 07
I always cut my own cats nails all the time, they get used to it after a while and they are fine with it..
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@no_chao (549)
• Philippines
8 Aug 07
yeah your right.... ^_^
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I always clip our cat, Taffy's nails. You want to make sure to have the person the cat feels most comfortable do it. Don't try to gang-up on the poor thing; hold it gently in your lap and take one paw at a time. All you need to do is clip off the sharp end of the nail; you don't want to snip close to the pink area as if you do it will more than likely hurt the cat and bleed. Just take your time; you may have to do one paw, let cat go, and then do another a little while later, etc., until you have completed all.
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