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What do I do about a kitten(well about 8 months old), that has claws like razor blades and knows how to use them. She's real loving and loves to be picked up. But when I pick her up she gets up on my shoulder and grabs ahold of my back where I can't reach her claws. When I'm standing in the kitchen she'll come up and dig her paws in to my leg cause she wants to be picked up. I though about trimming them but she hates to be messed with like that and I would end up a bloody mess. Anyone have any suggestions. I won't get her declawed.
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When my kitties were about the same age, I held their paws.  I wanted them to be comfortable with me touching them.  It didn't take long before I was able to snip the tip of the nail with a toe nail clipper.  Your other option is to take them to the vet or groomer to have it done. 

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We had one cat who would stand having his claws only if I sat him up in my lap, on his butt, facing away from me, and clipped his claws with good claw clippers so that he could see what I was doing.

 

Your kitty may be too young to sit still, but if you can get him used to sitting in your lap with his back against you, it is a great way to clip claws.  That way you can see what you are going and I think at least our cat didn't feel like he was being restrained. 

 

Good luck.  You can't have them using you for a climbing tree. 

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Take him to a groomer to get his nails clipped.

 

 I have two dogs who give me a hard time when I try to clip their nails.  It is so bad that I can't do it.  The groomer has no problem.  They hold still for her and it is done quickly.

 

It is worth it for me to pay her for her expertise.

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Ok. Thanks. This morning she went to climb up my leg and I reached around to grab her and she dug her claws in to my hand. Drew blood and almost brought tears to my eyes. I know she does mean to but...still....OWE.😙
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Trim his claws!! He has to know who's boss in your house. Put him in your lap, give him treats, pet him, trim his claws. Done.

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I have a friend who comes over every four weeks and helps me trim my cat's claws.  I wouldn't be able to do it by myself I don't think.  I would suggest taking her to the Vet or the groomer once a month.  It makes a tremendous difference.

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Definitely snip just the tip of the nail.  Start now so she gets used to it.

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I started trimming my cats nails from the time they were kittens.  I held them in my lap and gently took a paw and used a soothing voice.  I would snip the tips of the nails with my fingernail clippers.  I ended up doing that method their entire lives.  Never had an issue.