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Re: has anyone heard of this?

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  • jamander33
    This is the most amazing thing and it works beautifully. Thank you so much for the suggestion. Everyone should know about this little technique, it certainly
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 1, 2007
      This is the most amazing thing and it works beautifully. Thank you
      so much for the suggestion. Everyone should know about this little
      technique, it certainly is much less stressful on both the kitty and
      the owner. Thank you again, Amanda and Griffin
      >
      >
      > I think this is incredible and thanks so much for sharing it. I
      > wonder if you would mind describing this a little bit more. I
      would
      > like to try it on one of mine to get her nails clipped. Are you
      using
      > an ordinary type wooden clothespin, the kind with the little
      springy
      > things in them? I try to picture this but I'm wondering if that
      > clothespin is deep/long enough to get a good grip on the fur. I'm
      > thinking that if it isn't able to pick up enough of the fur I will
      > end up pinching her. How much of the scruff do you clip off or
      hold
      > in the pin?
      >
      > Wendy
      >
      > --- In cats-healthandbehav <mailto:cats-healthandbehavior%
      40yahoogroups.com>
      > ior@yahoogroups.com, "Sarah"
      > <sectheatre@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I've posted a couple times about Peggy, our 3 legged former
      > > feral "foster" cat. (It's in quotes because we've had her a
      year.)
      > > Several of those posts have been about her intense fear of being
      > held
      > > or confined and the very violent way she reacts (including
      sending
      > > two of us to the ER in the same day).
      > >
      > > Well we actually found a solution last night
      > >
      > > But back up first. Monday evening we decided she really needed
      her
      > > claws trimmed so my wife picked her up and tried to wrap her in
      a
      > > blanket- which worked last time. Didn't work this time. I ended
      up
      > > dripping blood and we gave up.
      > >
      > > Then yesterday I remembered something I read online about how to
      > > utilize the accupressure points on the back of the neck to calm
      a
      > cat
      > > down by using clothespins.
      > >
      > > So I tried it first on my mild mannered Tigger. I clipped some
      > > clothespins at the back of his neck-in the same area you would
      > scruff
      > > a cat in. Tigger immediatly dropped down to the bed and gave me
      > > this `I'm in heaven" look.
      > >
      > > This braved me enough to try Peggy. I sat on the floor and
      petted
      > on
      > > her and very quickly clipped the first clip to her. She
      immediatly
      > > laid down and chilled. After adding a couple more- I could pick
      her
      > > up, hold her in my lap and trim her nails with no problem. I
      could
      > > even hold her to my face and give her hugs and kisses. When we
      were
      > > done, I calmly removed the clips and she got up and walked away,
      > not
      > > at all traumatized.
      > >
      > > It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen and I feel SOOO
      much
      > > better about her future. Before I was worried because I had no
      idea
      > > how we would ever get her to the vet or give her meds if
      necessary.
      > >
      > > I'm guessing proper scruffing could probably do the same thing,
      but
      > > I've never been able to get a good grip before she turned around
      > and
      > > bit the heck out of me. This way worked SOOO much better.
      > >
      > > Hope this can help someone else too.
      > >
      > > -Sarah
      > >
      >
      >
      >
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      >
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