Saturday, April 16, 2016

Claws


IZA:  I have to say, in response to all the comments on my "claws" post, that we are allowed to have long sharp claws here.  TBT sometimes objects when SOMEKITTY  (*coff, Ayla, coff*) is  unner the blankies at night and dig into him a bit, or when I "reach out and touch him" as he walks past, but he is pretty tolerant.  But he has a reason, which I'll leave him to esplain...

TBT here:  Many years ago, I had my cats' front claws removed.  It didn't seem a Big Deal at the time.  And it sure made life easier.  Personally, it never seemed to bother Tinkerbelle, Skeeter, or LC.  But that was the early 90s and times change and we learn new ways of thinking. 

When I asked the vet about that 20 years ago, his only concern was that they would be mostly indoors cats so they wouldn't NEED the claws for protection.  Today, he wouldn't do it (same vet).  We live and learn...

So now I am possibly overly protective of the cats' claws.  I don't clip.  I give them many places to scratch on.  They run around outside enough too. 

But things can go too far as well.  In February, the vet clipped Ayla's claws without my permission.  He had a good reason, though.  Several of her claws were getting ingrown.  I agreed with him that that was a good idea.  I go along with whatever the vet says.  He's been taking care of my cats for 30 years now.  He cried with me when Skeeter was euthanized, and when LC went comotose in 2010 and he couldn't revive her. I trust him.

So there needs to be a balance. 

I can't do the clippies.  The Mews aren't used to me doing it, my hands aren't steady enough (a whole other story), and it would take 3 or 4 hands beyond my 2.  So every 3 months they will get it done professionally.

I admire cat's claws as a part of their essence.  I accept (painfully sometimes) that they engage me with them.  But they also accept certain sometimes painful acts by me (Iza especially gets clonked by my shoe when she follows me too closely).  We all forgive each other.  I hope...

So we are all still trying to get the balance of their desire for sharp claws and my desire not to be made to bleed too often...

Thanks for understanding.