My Cat Won’t Let Me Trim Her Claws. Help!

Close-up of cat claw, CC-BY-SA by Howcheng

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat will not let me trim her claws. She runs away when she senses that I am going to hold her. I have tried to let her smell the clippers but as soon as I try to use them she is gone. The only success we have had […]

My Cat Has Too Many Claws. Help!

Cat's paw with claws extended

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My neutered female cat is a polydactal (Hemingway) cat. She is an indoor cat. Because of the nature of the structure of her additional toes, it is very difficult for me to trim the extra claws. I take her to the vet to have this done for me. I […]

My “scaredy cat” won’t let me trim her claws. Help!

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I adopted an adorable tabby from the shelter 3 months ago. She is afraid of everything and spends much of her time in hiding. I can pet her but I can’t hold her. She won’t trust me. Here’s the problem. Her claws are getting very long and they must […]

How can I keep my cat from wrecking my furniture?

Thomas wakes up with a stretch and a scratch on his sisal-covered scratching post.

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I want to find a way to stop my cat from tearing up all my furniture. I have tried almost everything, I think. I am about to have her front claws taken out. Please give me some suggestions. ~Holly Siouxsie: Before we start, we ask those of you who […]

My cat is tearing up my neighbor’s screens. Help!

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 5-year-old neutered male, Bofus, is very sociable and loves to visit neighbors. One in particular is very angry with my cat because he crawls up the screens to try to get inside her house. I have paid to repair the screens but what can I do to keep […]