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My lovely tortie girl is getting on now (she's 17!), and over the last few weeks I have noticed that her claws are getting much longer than they used to me. I guess she doesn't climb up and down fences and trees as much as she used to. It's now getting to the point that the claws snag on almost everything she steps on - blankets, the sofa fabric and our jumpers when we pick her up for a cuddle!
Thing is that taking her to the vet stresses her out soooo much - I now have the vet do a house visit to give her the booster jabs, as I can't face taking her in. But I don't want to arrange a house visit to just get her claws clipped (the booster isn't due until the summer), so I'm wondering if I could do it myself with nail clippers...? Or is that a big No-No?
Of course you can, standard nail clips will do it. Just press on the ends of her 'fingers' to push the nail out and clip the ends without cutting into the bit where the blood is. (plenty youtube videos on the subject)
I used to do our cats nails with our nail clippers, she didn't mind at all. If you don't feel confident ask the vet nurse to come to the house.
There are videos on YouTube showing you how to clip them. I clipped my old timers. It's a bit fidly. Just make sure you trim the very ends only. Good luck.
I had to do this for my old boy for the last few years of his life for exactly the same reason. He wasn't very keen so I tended to do a paw at a time while he was asleep on my lap. I used pet claw clippers (look like a pair of pliers). Easier to use than human ones. Agree with what everyone has said about being careful just to take the tip of the claw off.
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