Ivy issues

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Ivy issues
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Thu, 05-20-2010 - 12:30pm

I am not sure what to do for her.


I had a friend (who is also a volunteer at the humane society and works at another local rescue).

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Thu, 05-20-2010 - 12:41pm

Does she use a scratching post at all? I wonder if something more abrasive like sisal would help. Also, I don't know if this works, but I recently saw it at Target and was kind of intrigued. https://www.emerycat.com/flare/next

I trim both my cats' claws, but for the younger one, it's more about my comfort when playing with her than their actually getting overgrown. My 15 yr old kitty's nails get awful thick and grow into his paw pads if I don't stay on top of them, but they never did when he was younger. He's gotten pretty grouchy about getting them trimmed in his old age, but I just do a couple at a time and manage ok. GL!

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Thu, 05-20-2010 - 2:50pm

She will use the posts and I have a cardboard horizontal one that the guys use (haven't seen her use it).

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Thu, 05-20-2010 - 9:20pm

My dh has been trying to convince me to declaw the kitties, but I don't to. We do use a scratching post and they like that, but their nails are still horrible. I try to trim Princess' claws, and I can do it when she's sleeping, otherwise she squirms to much. Dusty- too much stress in her life right now and she's impossible to sit still!


I can totally totally understand why you are considering it and I would not judge anyone who does it, or who doesn't do it. I just asked my vet about declawing just for the "real" story on it and he doesn't seem to be bothered by it at all. I am one of those weird ones who feels bad b/c the kitties don't have a choice in it.

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Fri, 05-21-2010 - 8:42am

I struggle with this.

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Fri, 05-21-2010 - 11:15pm

Honestly, most cats are able to keep their claws at a normal length by using a good quality scratching posts or chewing of the claw husks(in the case of the back claws).

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Sat, 05-22-2010 - 10:37am

My goodness Ivy sure is something getting her claws trimmed.


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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Sun, 05-23-2010 - 10:25am

I have tried playing with her toes when she is calm on my lap (you should see her right now - asleep on the crate in my office with her butt getting tanned).

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 8:51am

I haven't gotten in touch with my vet for her two cents yet.


I have several different types of scratching posts and it doesn't help with hers.

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In reply to: cl_tiggs_mom
Mon, 05-24-2010 - 8:53am

I couldn't find an actual emery cat board, but I found a refill to look at.