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Meatball and I have had some issues with toenail clipping.. It is easy for me to get at her front feet without her making too big of a fuss, but everytime I try to go for her back toes, she curls up in a ball making them hard to trim. I've read that water calms them and makes it easier for toenail trimming, but meatball doesn't seem to like the bath very much. She finds the shallowest place and stays there. Its getting to be an issue, because i can usually get her longest toenail on the back, and then try again the next night without any more luck... Last time I tried to get her back toes she bit me! It was really upsetting because I was afraid I hurt her, and she's not a biter (unless I smell yummy lol) Its an act of aggression and fear that I've never seen out of her, and I don't want to stress her out too much, but trimming is necessary, and I guess I could go to the vet to get them done, but it seems like a waste....

you can see my dilema.
 

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Bruce doesn't like his nails clipped either. He really doesn't like when I try to do his front nails, but would rather I not clip any at all. I have tried a few different methods and can usually get his nails done in a few trys. I do not always get all of his nails done in one day, I get what I can and let him relax and try again the next day.

I tried letting him sit on the arm of the couch and put a few mealies in front of him while I get his back feet.

I have held him on his back (more on his rump) while he was sorta in a ball and he will sit there for a moment with his feet sticking out and I can get a few like that.

You can try to clip her nails while she is in the water, that way she won't ball up. Just make the water a little deeper, not too deep just an inch or two.

If you quicked her when you were trimming her nails that could have hurt her. Her nail would have bled so you would know if you did that. Unless you quick the nail it doesn't hurt. She may have just been irritated or afraid. If you see her getting to that point, give her a treat and let her relax for a bit.
 

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Hey thanks! I will give meatball another shot at toenail clipping tomorrow using some of your tips and tricks and I'll let you know how it goes! The time she bit me I didn't cut the quick, but I was holding her foot as she tried to get away, so maybe i zigged when I should have zagged? haha thanks for your help!
 

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Good luck with Meatball and please do let me know what works best for you! Maybe if you find a better way, it can help me when its time for Bruce to have his nails clipped too!
 
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