Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Feb 3/10: No longer sharp

Feb 3/10: No longer sharp, originally uploaded by susanvg.

This is the paw of Basil (not the sharpest tack in the box). When we got him as a kitten over thirteen years ago he hated having his claws clipped. It took two of us, one to try to keep his bicycling legs still and the other to grab one paw and get to work. Even at that we often had to stop after a few claws and wrestle him down at a later date. I am sure his caterwauling could be heard across the neighbourhood. But somewhere through the years he learned that he could survive the ordeal and later that it wasn't so bad. Now I hold him and clip his claws while he purrs. I still, sometimes don't get the whole job done in one sitting; maybe he wants to come back for a second cuddle.


  1. Great story! Love the furry paws!

    My husband and I both clip Clyde's nails. We don't need two people because Clyde seems to love it. Bob holds him, I clip, and Clyde relishes the attention! Life's simple when you're a cat!

  2. Animals usually despise having their feet held and nails clipped. Our old Golden (now deceased), who would allow us to do anything to her, fought like mad when she saw the nail clippers.

  3. I have never seen a cat's paw/claws like this they look like some kind of eerie human. Very interesting image! Almost has a pink quality.