Today we went to buy some more cat stuff. In particular we needed a rubberycat brush (we got the Zoom Groom which is what we had in London for Kitkat, they are really good - Particularly because you can use the non bristly side to get fur off clothes and furniture), a different scratching post because they just ignore the other one and some claw clippers.
I've never clipped a cat's claws before, but I've only ever had outdoor cats before, and clearly running around outside keeps them nicely filed. Our girls have wicked talons on them, which wouldn't be a problem if they didn't love to pad so much on us. Nancy was sitting on me this morning, turned to start washing her back and carelessly put all of her weight on one claw; she may be tiny but news flash, it really hurt! Edith on the other hand likes to display her beautiful fluffy tummy and then attack any thing foolish enough to touch it with rabbit kicks, and she has been known to casually impale the offender on her front paw claws to make her point, whilst purring loudly. So I decided we would give them a little manicure.
I was warned that you should only clip off a small amount, and be careful not to cut the vein that's in the center of the claw. With that in mind I very carefully snipped off a tiny bit from four of Edith's claws and I think 4 or 5 of Nancy's. They don't seem to mind the clipping itself, but they do object to their paws being manhandled, so they keep walking off in a huff.
It's going to take me a while to get them all done I think, but I have the time, I have the clippers and I have the determination. We shall see who will win, little grey kitties! Oh yes, we shall see!