(A wee note I am NOT talking about de-clawing just trimming the very tips of the claw) I have never trimmed Ash's claws, and never did with my last cat Dave (though I think my friend did trim Dave's claws for 9 years before we adopted him from her). Both indoor boys. A friend of mine commented that we should start trimming Ash's claws while he is young since we get scratched occasionally and he goes for the carpets, but advice online is varied. Some places seem to say it's essential to keep the cat healthy and stop the claws ingrowing, others say not necessary. His claws are sharp but he is scratching us less and less as he learns not to (a few weeks ago my lower legs and hands/wrists were COVERED in scratches, today I only have maybe 2 scratches on each hand and leg which are healing) and I wouldn't want to do something unpleasant for him if there was no point in doing it. Also not sure I would feel confident doing it without hurting him. We are getting him used to us touching his paws and do this every day pushing softly on the pads to check his claws, and he lets us do this if he is sleepy, but we have never done anything more than that. What do those of you with indoor cats do?