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Kitten Scratches

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by spiffy, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. spiffy

    spiffy PetForums Junior

    Jun 30, 2009
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    My legs have been shred to ribbons by my two month old kitten, Megan. She has such sharp claws and she likes to jump on my legs, especially when I am in a skirt or nightdress. Typical eh? :eek: My legs look like something out of a horror film and feel sore. I am hoping the cuts do not scar. :eek:

    Would I be able to have her claws clipped or should I just stick it out until she is able to go outdoors and have them naturally file down?

    Thanks in advance. :)
  2. messyhearts

    messyhearts PetForums VIP

    Feb 6, 2009
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    Do it yourself? I do.
  3. Dozymoo

    Dozymoo PetForums VIP

    Feb 26, 2009
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    You can buy claw clippers from most pet stores. Your kitten is still young so this is the perfect time to get her used to it. And your legs will thank you! :D

    It's not too difficult. You need to press down gently on the top of each toe to extend the claw, and then trim off the end. Be careful not to trim too much and definately don't trim as far as the pinker quick. This will make her bleed. :(

    Alternatively, get yourself some shin guards! ;):D
    Good luck! xx
  4. Riverwish

    Riverwish PetForums Member

    May 2, 2009
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    We just did Abers last weekend for the first time since having him and it has made such a difference! He doesn't get stuck to the carpet whilst playing anymore :D:cool:

    He's older and he took it fine, I imagine doing it with a young kitten and getting them used to it can only be a good thing :)
  5. munchbunch

    munchbunch PetForums VIP

    Dec 13, 2008
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    Try doing them yourself - it's really easy with cats as you can see the vein clearly - just make sure you don't cut into this as it will bleed & hurt. I use special pet nail scissors to do my cats - I find the clippers with a guard too clumsy. A friend uses nail clippers to do her cats. Dozymoo has given good advice on how to actually do it. There was an article in Your Cat magazine with pictures some time ago showing you how to do it - don't know if it'll be on their website which holds an awful lot of stuff - try doing a search on that. I know that your kitten is playing, but have you thought about getting a big climbing frame/scratching post. They're great for letting them have a good scratch & "pluck", for playing & sleeping on. :)
  6. Shmitty!

    Shmitty! PetForums Senior

    Feb 9, 2009
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    OMG NO!!!! Get them done professionally and learn while they are being done if you wanna do them yourself. Imagine the pain when it goes wrong and it does often!!

    It's actually makes me feel sick thinking about it.

    My Shmitty! Clawed my whole body or hung off me like he had built in fish hooks, I stuck i out and got him a log to claw at. He's fine now. Just don't wear any trousers with tassles around your groin area!
  7. SeaThreePeeO

    SeaThreePeeO PetForums VIP

    Sep 15, 2008
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    Oh yes very good advice there. Even my adult cat thinks nothing about shimmying up my legs to get at a groin tassel!

    Lola used to do this a lot and the vet did suggest clipping her claws, however Lola is the type of kitten that if I attempted it I would be lacerated before I even got one done.

    She seems to have calmed down a lot lately on only lumberjacks up legs now if you have tuna.
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