Cat’s claw bleeding?

What happens if you bravely try to trim your cat’s claws and (oh no!) the claw starts to bleed?  You’ve cut a little too deeply into the claw. Instead of trimming the clear, bloodless tip, you’ve cut into the part of the claw that has a blood supply. My guess is that if something can bleed, itContinue reading “Cat’s claw bleeding?”

Trouble holding cat for claw trim?

I enjoy the challenge of claw trims.  Keeping the cat still can be a game of skill and imagination!  It’s hard to be more clever than a cat when it comes to keeping them from getting away during a claw trimming session. Some gentle restraint techniques I’ve used: No restraint. Just put the cat on a counterContinue reading “Trouble holding cat for claw trim?”

More & More Owners Schedule Claw Trims

This is good news for cats!  For a cat who tolerates claw trims, think how much better their life is when momma or poppa schedules claw trims every 4 to 8 weeks! No more getting claws stuck in the scratching post or worse, the sofa. No more scabs on the ear from too-long claws tearing at sensitiveContinue reading “More & More Owners Schedule Claw Trims”

Should you have a groomer trim your cat’s claws ?

Here are some things to think about. Are you a calm, patient person? Does your body tense up when you hold your cat? Are you a quiet person, or do you use a loud voice at home? Are you willing to try different ways of holding your cat? Are you willing to trim the claws inContinue reading “Should you have a groomer trim your cat’s claws ?”

So your long-haired cat needs to be groomed. Here’s what you need to buy.

I groom these two sweet-natured beauties once a month. (Jump to the middle of this post for links to grooming tools.) Even if your long-haired cat is another breed or a mix, you can use similar tools. If you are going to be grooming your cat monthly, it’s worth buying the tools and products. GroomingContinue reading “So your long-haired cat needs to be groomed. Here’s what you need to buy.”

How to avoid getting scratched by a cat

Due to anatomy and predisposition, cats predictably do certain things at certain times. The predictability makes it possible to handle most of them, even though they have claws and teeth. Note: predictably does not mean 100% of the time. Scenario. Cat-scratch sequence activated. Goal: Pick up cat without being scratched. Cat laying on side, eyesContinue reading “How to avoid getting scratched by a cat”