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Claw Trimming

L

Louie'sDad

Guest
As Louie grows older he's becoming more and more ornery during claw trimming time. He's now at the point where he draws my blood via a bite or a mean gash from a scratch. My vet refuses to trim his claws and is visibly afraid of him. The local pet store groomer I sometimes use to help me, still leaves me bleeding afterwords. In a word, I have now finally abandoned any hope of performing this chore with Lou's cooperation. I have tried sedatives, and they do not work at all.

Has anyone here had luck with a restraining device, such as a cat bag, or similar. I will need to supplement with a hood/muzzle. I need suggestions on which are the most durable and RELATIVELY easy to get the cat into.

I realize that this might offend some people here. My wish was to have Lou enjoy, not dread this experience and I have tried since he was very young, to get him to accept the nail trim. I thought I was almost there at one point, but after he passed 1 YO, he took a definite turn against the procedure. Apparently, restraint is the last resort. I understand that the hood might, in some cases make the ordeal less stressful because he won't be able to see.
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
I am assuming you have tried the binder clip trick? That has worked for me with some cats when other methods have failed miserably. However, if that is also unsuccessful you can purchase muzzles for cats: http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Muzzle-Choice-MEDIUM-Supply/dp/B001AAK0JU

I knew someone who actually used a lingerie bag to put her cat into before administering subq fluids - worked great, the key is getting the cat into it, but she was always able to manage it: http://www.juliannarae.com/products...t-extensions&gclid=CI36qsXOr74CFQqPfgodr4gAog


I'm not sure what you tried for sedation, but if it was unsuccessful in sedating Louie successfully you might consider increasing the dose - with your vet's input of course.
 
L

Louie'sDad

Guest
I am assuming you have tried the binder clip trick? That has worked for me with some cats when other methods have failed miserably. However, if that is also unsuccessful you can purchase muzzles for cats: http://www.amazon.com/Cat-Muzzle-Choice-MEDIUM-Supply/dp/B001AAK0JU

I knew someone who actually used a lingerie bag to put her cat into before administering subq fluids - worked great, the key is getting the cat into it, but she was always able to manage it: http://www.juliannarae.com/products...t-extensions&gclid=CI36qsXOr74CFQqPfgodr4gAog


I'm not sure what you tried for sedation, but if it was unsuccessful in sedating Louie successfully you might consider increasing the dose - with your vet's input of course.

Thanks Patti, I have tried the clip trick using up to 5 (five) heavily loaded SHOP clips.

I have tried ACE (Acepromazine), twice................and the second time at twice the recommended dose based on weight. I am not willing to exceed this dosing!
 

Patti

Admin
Staff member
I had an F1 rescue that I had to give about four times the recommended dose of Ace just to get him in a crate, and he still went ballistic at the vet's - had to gas him down to get anything done. NOT that I'm recommending that for you - believe me, I was plenty nervous with that stuff, and never use it lightly.
 
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