Winchester always has perfectly trimmed claws ... now!
I have two cats, an Oriental and a Siamese. Trimming claws was a breeze with the Oriental from the beginning. He'll lie on his back while I do it ... purring. With Winchester (the Siamese), on the other hand, it just wasn't gonna happen.
As a kitten, he was powerful, fast and skinny. He could work his way out of anything I tried. It was extremely stressful for both of us. On top of that, I lived alone - and since they'd hide whenever someone came over, having a helping hand was out of the question too.
What was I to do? His claws were getting sharper and longer by the day. I considered the vet's, but had to let that go because not only would it be stressful for him, the ongoing cost would be ridiculous. I mean, realistically, claws have to be trimmed at least every two weeks.
So this was my idea. I thought ... picking a cat up by the scruff of the neck is something of a tonic immobilizer. Often times, they purr. They certainly don't try to move, or squirm away, as a rule.
I sat Winchester on my lap, and took his scruff in my teeth, supporting the bulk of his weight on my lap. He immediately started to purr! Using a pair of really strong reading glasses - his claws would only be about 2 inches from my eyes - I raised one of his paws into view. No fussing, just intense purring.
All 20 claws .... trimmed. Perfectly.
I did this for about a year. One day, I thought I'd try it without that fur-in-the-mouth scruff thing.
Wouldn't ya know ... he dang well let me - with nary a fuss at all. Now, he lies on his back too - and purrs all the while!
Reply from Caroline:
What a great story, Paul! This did made me chuckle. A really unusual solution to a 'thorny' problem. Thanks so much for sharing. I'll link to this from my 'Clipping Cats' Claws' page, too, as everyone deserves to see it.
Note: Just a quick word of warning to others who might be thinking of trying this - please don't ever pick up a cat or kitten by the scruff of the neck without support - you might strangle them.
Always take the weight of your cat, as Paul did, by supporting their legs and body from underneath.