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let me hear your voice tonight ([personal profile] alexseanchai) wrote2017-07-22 10:09 pm
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Do scented soaps and lotions taste good to kittan?

Clearly I am approaching due for either figuring out how to clip Thea's claw tips or how to apply the red plastic thingies.

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[personal profile] alatefeline 2017-07-23 03:32 am (UTC)(link)
Depends on the scent, but often yes. Anything in the mint family, as well as some other herbs like valerian, and some common additives like menthol, will attract some cats rather like catnip; many cats also like anything oily that they can lick up. My cat-sib (cat living with parents) Scout likes to try to lick IcyHot off me and also likes greasy lotions in general. A previous cat would stalk melting bowls of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Both of these could've made them sick, but we didn't make a big deal about it, just put the things out of reach.


Depending on whether what is in it is toxic to cats, and how much of a dose they get, this can be harmless or very harmful. I'd say don't let her really get after anything that counts as medicated, but don't freak out if she gets in a lick or two of some lotion that has basically human-ingestion-safe ingredients.

I personally try to avoid, but am very inconsistent at actually avoiding, putting things on my body I wouldn't be willing to swallow in some measurable quantity.

Things that are human-safe but cat-dangerous by content and not just by dose include chocolate, aliums (anything in the garlic/onion family), and yeast-fermented foods. You could read these links for background info, but only if you're prepared to talk down your anxiety-brain about furbaby-proofing the entire universe. ... ... ... ...

Good luck with claw safety.

Pet Thea for me if she's in a pettable mood, 'kay?
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[personal profile] alatefeline 2017-07-23 05:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Always! I am so absurdly happy still that you and Thea found each other. She's a good cat.
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[personal profile] conuly 2017-07-24 01:41 am (UTC)(link)
Clipping cat claws is pretty simple, especially if you have proper clippers instead of human nail clippers. (You can clip with those, but you have to hold them sideways and you run the risk of splitting the claw. You're better off with the correct tool.)

Has Thea been acclimated to having her feet played with? That's the first step. When you pet her, pick up her front paws for a second and hold them. Give her a treat when you're done - you want her to enjoy this! As time goes on, you'll hold them more firmly, for longer intervals, and eventually start pressing on the pad of her foot to make her splay her toes and show her claws. When you do this, you will see that her claws have a pink part halfway down. That's the quick. When it's time to clip them, you'll make sure not to cut the quick - it'll bleed and scare you, and it'll also hurt her.

If you need to get those claws trimmed before she's at this stage, just bring her to the vet. It's an easy job for them, they're the experts!

However, if you get to this stage, you can now clip one nail at a time. It is only necessary to clip the part that hooks under. If you're nervous, remember - less is more. (You may want to purchase some styptic powder if you're really nervous. This will stop bleeding if it comes to that, which it won't, because I'm giving you excellent advice.) Snuggle Thea in the way she likes. Some people find it helps to burrito cats in a towel for this procedure and only let the paw they're working on out, frankly, I never have luck with that. Hold her paw, splay her toes, clip one nail and let her go with a treat. Try not to pull her nail a little while you clip it, this is uncomfortable and will make her pull away. Be sure not to get the quick! But if you do, it's not a disaster. It looks like it's bleeding a lot, but really, it isn't, and the styptic powder will stop it right up.

The next day do another nail, and so on, until you've gotten all eight of her primary toes - you do not need to do the thumbs until you're at the stage when you're getting the whole foot in one sitting, and that will be a few sessions. You do not need to do the back feet, not ever.

Remember, at every step of the way, your goal is to make her associate nail clipping with snuggles, praise, and treats. Once she's done, it doesn't need to be done again for a few weeks.
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[personal profile] conuly 2017-07-24 01:51 am (UTC)(link)
The hardest part is actually the acclimation period, I find. It's not something cats do to each other, at all, so they don't react well at first. But once they get used to it, they figure it's no big deal.

The procedure is pretty much the same for dogs, with the caveat that their nails are harder (requiring more force) and some of them are black (so you can't see the quick). Accordingly, I just had our dogs clipped by a groomer. It's $10, it's worth it for me not to have to worry about where to clip on a black nail!

But Moonpie hates the groomer, so I'm working with her on letting me hold her paws. She doesn't like that either, but at least she doesn't try to bite me.