G is for Grooming – #AtoZChallenge

I seem to be starting all my entries with, “You know this, but you didn’t really know this!” Sorry about that. Please enjoy this selection from A Brief History of Space Cats, and the Care and Feeding Thereof by Sarah Ever.  Written by the main character from Space Cats from Space, these entries form a resource for feline companions to help them ease the transition from cat “owner” to their true role as caretaker and, possibly, human slave. Please enjoy!

Space cats groom themselves much as you would imagine.

Brushing by their human caregivers is occasionally required, especially with the longhaired variety of feline to avoid excessive hairballs.

Clean cat sand is required as well for those felines that prefer to roll in it for a dust bathing.

But the item that desperately needs addressing is trimming their claws.

First of all, I strongly discourage you from considering the declawing of your feline companion. If you haven’t seen “The Paw Project,” it is as illuminating toward declawing as “Blackfish” is towards the mistreatment of aquatic mammals at a particular sea life destination, and I highly recommend viewing it if you have declawed cats in the past, or are considering it now.

But barbaric toe amputation aside, trimming your feline companion’s claws is an effective way to reduce inadvertent nanite transmission, save the upholstery and woodwork within your home, and when done properly, is painless and can be stress-free for the cat in your care.

Personally, I find trimming the claws of the brothers in my home can be a bit of a challenge. While overall my brothers do not mind, they would prefer to keep their claws. It’s a preference and sometimes makes life easier for them. They will take and hide the nail trimmers every chance they get, so much so that now I keep a pair in my purse.

So far, they haven’t found them, but I’m certain it’s only a matter of time.

7 Replies to “G is for Grooming – #AtoZChallenge”

    1. Two of our cats don’t care if I trim their nails, front or back. The other two will pull their paws back from my hand, but will wait until I’ve done a couple to run. Nobody tries to scratch me while I do it, so yeah. I’d actually go with stress-free. Probably helps that I started young-ish with them.

      1. My last cats were feral, and the one took months to even let me approach him and pet him. So the nails? Never stress free.

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