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Friday, August 18, 2017

Freaky Friday

TBT here:  I just can't clip the Mews' claws.  I didn't get them accustomed to it as kittens.  They fight too much now.  It takes 2 people.  I thought they wore down their claws enough running arounf outside and using the sisal rope on the cat trees inside. 

I had the vet do it at their annual visit, but apparently, that wasn't often enough.  It didn't seem to be a problem in years past, but their claws are longer and sharper as they grow older.

The vet was charging $30 per cat, and it seemed he was a bit harsh about it.  So last week, I looked at PetCo services online because I noticed they had a pet-grooming service.  The cost was $10 per cat and I figured they must be very experienced at clipping claws gently. 

So I stopped by on my way to grocery shopping  last week.  I mentioned the website cost and hours, and mentioned just having the front claws clipped a bit because the Mews were literally sticking to the bed blankets, my clothes, and my skin.  Sometimes I had to actively disengage Ayla from the blankets when she got fish-hooked in them. 

I was also asking about their least busy times because they encouraged "walk-ins".  The lady there said Tuesday morning were least busy.  I asked that because it is hard to get the Mews into carriers on a schedule.  Sometimes it takes only a few minutes; sometimes an hour!

I specifically mentioned CATS.  I reiterated cost per CAT.  I talked to the lady about my CATS.

So I brought Marley and Iza to the Petco groomers Monday at 10 am this week.  Ayla had hidden too well to bring along.  The GUY there said they didn't groom cats.  Confused, I went back to the car.  But I was annoyed. 

The cats were safe;  it was 70F out and the windows were rdown, no possibility of overheating (and no harm occurred).  And nothing bad happened

I went back in and explained I was confused.  I repeated what I said above about the lady saying about grooming and me mentioning cats.  I mentioned the lady had a tattoo on her neck, she heard me saying "cats" and even that they were closed Wed and Thurs because there was just the 2 of them working as groomers.

The guy agreed with the website days and hours and that his grooming partner had a tattoo but would never have said the clipped cat claws.  Because they only do dogs...

Well, the vet was open for business, so I brought them there and their claws were clipped.  Happily, they had lowered their price to $15 per cat.  I watched them carefully.  Neither Marley or Iza had the least suggestion of annoyance.

So I drove home, caught Ayla and brought HER to the vet.  They clipped her claws the same way.  I watched closely...

That's part 1 of this.  Marley and Iza were just fine afterwards.

Ayla went nuts all week after the claw-clipping and I don't thing the vet did anything different that with Marley and Iza.  I was watching the whole time.  It doesn't seek like they accidently cut into the "quick".

But when I brought her home, she was spooked.  She hid for 3 days!  She cries when I call her to dinner as if something horrible is going to happen.  She didn't eat for a whole day and barely for the next 2 days.  She seemed back to normal yesterday (for the Garden Tour) but she reverted to hiding again later in the evening.

But when I called them all to meals, Ayla wouldn't come.  She just sat in a corner.  And if I approached, she cried and ran off into hiding places.  And then would suddenly run into my arms and purr for a few minutes and then squirm and run away again.

We have Felliway in the main living area.  She hides in the bedroom. 

Her claws were really bothering her.  She kept getting them stuck in any cloth.  I ever saw her yanking at them on the bed blanket, not getting them free until I helped.

I know she is smaller than Iza and Marley.  Are her claws (troublesome as they might be overgrown) better to have anyway?

Last night, she was still mostly hiding.  Her claws have been clipped before at every annual vet visit.

Any thoughts?

AYLA:  I mentioned being upset yesserday.  There was a reason.  TBT brought us to have our claws clipped Monday.  I went all weerd all week...  I am afraid...