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”

Confessions of a cat groomer: You get to be the good guy

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.

Don’t let anxiety stop you from caring for your cat

If you are scared to trim your cat’s claws, that’s okay.  Claws are pointy, so your fear is understandable. If you are afraid to irritate your cat by combing through her fur, that’s okay. Some cats aren’t easy to comb. YOU don’t have to do these things, but if you want to take good careContinue reading “Don’t let anxiety stop you from caring for your cat”

What happens if you don’t trim cat claws?

The claws grow longer and longer, eventually becoming long enough to get snagged on furniture — or on you. Ouch. For some cats, things get much worse. I’ve seen cats with claws embedded in their paw pads. It happens more often than you’d think. The most common scenario is an old cat living with anContinue reading “What happens if you don’t trim cat claws?”

Soft Paws for cats: Pro and Con

Applying tiny plastic covers to cat claws isn’t the easiest thing to do. I prefer simply trimming the claws, but sometimes that’s not enough. Soft Paws need to be re-applied every 4-6 weeks. Try the brightly colored Soft Paws, because you can easily see if they’ve come off. Good candidates for Soft Paws claw covers: TheContinue reading “Soft Paws for cats: Pro and Con”