Not to be confused with declaw which I am against in 99.9% of the cases involved.
I just clipped Ping's for the first time today. I have heard of it a few times but never really thought much of it or really even thought about doing it. Till last night when I the clipper to clipping the claws. And despite being nervous about doing it I still clipped them. Ping did real well and didn't jerk away or anything. And in 2 minutes I all 10 of the front one clipped.
Our cat is an indoor only kitty so we have to keep her nails clipped. We've been doing it since she was a baby so it doesn't bother her at all. I know when it needs done because I can hear the "tap tap" sound on the kitchen floor!
A word of warning, if your dog or cat (or whatever pet) has dark colored feet, chances are his / her nails will also be dark, which makes it a bit trickier for clipping them. You don't want to clip up into the blood.
A light colored foot, usually means a light colored nail and you can see how far down the blood line goes, not sure of the technical term, but you get the idea.
If you are not sure of how to do the nail clipping yourself, may I suggest that you take the animal to the groomers or vets office and watch them do it a few times, until you are comfortable doing it yourself.
That is why I love it Basset, both of my dark cats have got clear nails so I can see the quick easily to avoid any potentially serious accidents. Far less stressful then clipping two dogs with black toe nails! (especially one that is a fidgeter)
I was not that worried about the furniture I have 3 young boys so most of our furniture is cheap. As a matter of fact our couch only costed us 10 bucks when we got it in Jan. It was more that our hands and feet took some beatings.
Luckily Ping's claws are clear so I could clearly see the quick.
my cats are indoor cats. i clip their nails. we have had phatboy since he was a kitten, so he does not put up a fuss. magic was a rescue and his previous owner allowed him to roam free outdoors, so he is still fighting with wanting to be outside and getting nail trims. i have to make sure he doesnt see the clippers or its a catch me if you can game. lol
The nerve in the nail is called the quick. I have never seen a cat with dark nails so its pretty easy to do cat claws providing they let you. If you want to seen it done to your dogs most groomers/vets will not object to showing you how its done. I mean literally showing you what the nerve looks like on a fresh cut nail. Just make sure you have the syptic powder when you first try it at home.
I myself do both my dogs (one I have to talk to the whole time or she freaks) I also do my ferrets and bird which are also a nightmare to do because I have to do it by myself. But I survive and it doesn't need to be done on them all that often.
I clip all 4 of our cats nails with toe nail clippers. I have gotten really good at it. I don't even need my hubbies help anymore. When they were little we use to take them to the vet to get them done but at $10.00 a cat once a month we started going broke so we had to learn how to do it ourselves. It's not so hard.
we clip are older cat winnies nails. she is very good about it and doesn't protest. lucky for use she is all white so we almost never get blood. when we do my mom has a lot of things like powder for that.