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 counter and trim the claws. Yay!
Hold the cat in my lap with their belly facing up, just like you’d hold a baby.
Wrap kitty up like a burrito in a big towel, pulling out the paw that I need.
Put cat on the counter, slide cat’s body up against mine so she is snug, and trim claws.
Any of the above, plus a snap-on E collar.
Sit on the floor on my knees, with kitty between my knees. Face a wall so kitty can’t run off.
Lay kitty on side with my forearm resting gently but firmly on their shoulders. Trim the claws I can reach. Turn kitty onto other side and repeat.
Cats are flexible. As long as you don’t put them in uncomfortable positions, you can try different ways of holding them until you find the one that works. Remember that trimming claws only takes a minute or so, so even if kitty isn’t thrilled, they are only one minute away from treats, praise and play time. Not a bad deal!
A claw thorn is a claw growing into a cat’s paw pad. Much like a thorn, an untrimmed claw can pierce the paw. Ouch!!
Yoga. Jiu Jitsu. Moving 3-dimensionally.
Cats twist their body in ways we can’t even begin to do.
Cats use extreme flexibility to get the upper paw.
If I’m thinking like a human, two-dimensionally, I’m not going to get those claws trimmed.
The cat is not a piece of paper or a brick. The cat is more like air flowing and shifting shape.
May the force be with you, grasshopper!
To get the claw trimmers, Four Paws Cat Grooming Claw Clipper
I get to be the bad guy. You get to be the hero who hands out treats. File under “reasons cat groomers exist”.
I love this little cat. She USUALLY loves me.