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    Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I was just wondering what other people do, since I trimmed Olive's back nails today (she came to us front declawed) for only the second time since we got her 10 months ago. Both times I went ahead and trimmed them because they were getting stuck on my clothing and otherwise hurting me, lol. She was NOT happy about it today, but I was getting fed up with being accidentally impaled by her.

    This also led me to wonder, do cats' quicks grow longer as they go untrimmed like dogs' nails? I'd imagine not since they are retractable, and because I haven't noticed much difference in the size of her quicks from the last time I trimmed them. Oh, and what do you guys that do trim them, use to trim them? I've just been using human toenail clippers.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I generally trim them when I notice they are getting long enough to hurt when they knead me or walk on me. I just use a human toenail clipper, too.

    Although lately, because Squash is still learning his cat manners I have left them untrimmed. Just in case he slips past me or something I want them to be able to properly defend themselves if it comes down to it.

    I've never noticed the quick growing out like a dog's nails, and I've seen some pretty long cat nails... not on my own cats, but at work I've seen some cats come in with their nails so overgrown that they've grown into the pads, and we can still cut them back to a "normal" length without quicking them.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I trim my cat's nails, he isn't declawed. The quick's do not seem to grow out like a dog's nails do. I just use regular nail clippers and just cut the tips off. Trimming a cats nails does increase the frequency they attempt to sharpen them though, since trimming them makes them blunt. However, your cat has been declawed, so you don't have to worry about this.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I usually only trim the front ones, the back ones very rarely need trimming. The nerve doesn't seem to be much of an issue even when they have grown too long.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I also only have to do his front claws. The back ones seem to stay short on their own. His front ones get ouchie when he kneads me, sometimes, though - that's when I know it's time for a trim! I have a small pair of nail scissors.

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    I trim some of the cats' front claws and some get to keep their sharps . It depends on how cooperative the cat is and how much I get poked by that cat. I only do back claws if the cat allows it, it doesn't seem necessary in general.

    I haven't noticed that any of them have ever had overly long claws, but older cats do seem to get thick claws that don't shed their outer layer properly. I've seen the same in older dogs (and humans, now that I think of it. . .).

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    Quote Originally Posted by Willowy View Post
    I haven't noticed that any of them have ever had overly long claws, but older cats do seem to get thick claws that don't shed their outer layer properly. I've seen the same in older dogs (and humans, now that I think of it. . .).
    At what age would you call a cat "older"? Olive will be turning 6 in June.

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    I just noticed Scotty's claws getting like that, and he'll be 11 in May. But he's a bit sloppy in his toenail care; Dakota is the same age and she keeps her claws sharp. So it depends on the individual cat.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    Barrett gets mad wicked claws if I let them go. I HATE trimming, because I always end up with nail flakes all over me.

    Barrett gets his nails dremel'd, just like the dogs.
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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I trim Emajean's claws (front and back) once a week because they grow so quick and she hurts us and the dogs with them. I want her defenseless.

    I use normal human nail clippers.

    Of the hundreds of cat nails I've trimmed, I've never quicked a nail. So, I don't think they grow out like dog nails do...

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I trim them then put glue caps on her front paws as she is a wound up Siamese that loves to attack things other than supplied cat trees.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I trim Max's nails for our safety because he likes nothing better than to shred us to ribbons. I used to take him to the vet for it but I thought it was ridiculous to pay 10 bucks for something that takes 2 mins (if that) and that I could easily do myself. I use just regular fingernail clippers. He's fighting mad through the whole thing too and I get immense enjoyment from that.

    I don't trim Gus's nails because he's not really violent and even if he does swat someone, he will rarely use his claws. He's a nice, peace loving kitty. lol

    As for what is considered older...Max is 8 and Gus is 7. Neither one of them really show any signs of age in terms of slowing down, etc. Both of them but especially Max, still run, chase and play all the time. If Max is awake, its almost guaranteed that he's playing with a toy or plotting something evil. Gus tries to play but he's not really that good at it. He'll just do something stupid like attack the carpet and end up scaring himself. He's not the brightest cat out there though. lol

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I trim only front claws as his back ones always seem to be ok.

    I used to put vinyl caps on the claws too.... thaaaat was fun :P
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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I trim my cat's nails. They turn into little daggers and it hurts He doesn't actually mind it though.
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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    Yup, I trim them. The three girls are Ok for it, but the drama-queen that is Maus isn't the most cooperative. so I sit on him and clip them. lol. They're kneaders, so if the nails get too long, it hurts. And Gabi and Helene-Iris both have extra toes. HeleneIris has a nail on each front foot that grows between the toes, and if that gets too long it can compromise her paw.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    Quote Originally Posted by HersheyBear View Post
    . so I sit on him and clip them. lol.
    LOL, that's how I do it, too. Works great!

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I will sometimes trim Disco's when he is sleeping on me. I clip one...then wait for him to fall back asleep...then repeat. I only do his because sometimes when he kneads me they hurt. Other than that they don't really messing amything up with their nails.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I trim my two cats' nails. The front nails need to be trimmed much more frequently than the back ones do. One of my boys is pretty cooperative for this, but the other is not always thrilled about it - I sometimes wrap him up snugly in a towel and pull out one foot at a time for trimming. (I use this same towel technique on both cats for occasional tooth brushing, as they object to that much more strongly!) I use a pair of kitty nail trimmers I got from the pet store. I used human nail clippers when they were smaller, but one of my boys is a pretty large cat and his nails are pretty think; I was getting worried that the human clippers were crushing his nails a bit, so I switched to the cat nail clippers that have a more rounded cutting surface.

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    Re: Do you trim your cat's claws?

    I have been doing so since I got my two boys. The first few days were just getting them used to having their paws touched and held. Then I got them comfortable with my extending their claws. Then would trim a couple claws at a time and let them go. Now I can trim all at once and they don't complain. I trim the front claws about once a week, and back only as needed which is every month or so.

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