- Mar 20, 2007
Hello, any suggestions on how to acclimate our newly adopted cat to being held from behind/resting in my lap to do things like clipping claws? I would like to gradually work on getting him to allow me to hold him in my lap to be able to clip his claws. He also will not allow towel burrito - he really gets upset (the vet tried this). We have had him for about 3 weeks. He is wonderful - approx 2 years old. I have been able to give him ear drops for a yeast infection in both ears with little issue by putting him in the bottom half of his carrier, and treating him from the front where he can see what is going on. Vet tech showed me this. He is the same at the vet. As long as he is in the bottom half of his carrier and you don't restrain him (other than gently holding him in place), he is good. He allows us to handle his paws and touch his paw pads just fine. I'd hate to have to take him to the vet every time he needs his claws clipped and I would like to avoid sedating him to do things like this. Our previous kitty was great with me doing meds/claws, pills, etc., however she needed to be given gabapentin to visit the vet. I will see if we can try this for vet visits, but I sure don't want to have to resort to drugging him to do simple things like claw clipping. Heck, he is fine with me brushing eye boogers out of the corner of his eyes, since it is done from the front. I realize we are still acclimating him to his new home, but I would like to slowly, gradually work on handling him without him freaking out. He doesn't try to bite or anything, just tries to get away.