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kittens, 5 - *OWWW!!!*

This morning, after the 6 am *scamper*, I was blissfully in my Saturday morning doze. Suddenly, there came a yowling, hissing and scrambling from the bathroom. Thinking that the girls were having a knock-down, drag-out fight, I went to check.

I have nice, long curtains in my bathroom, with lacework at the bottom. Collette had gotten one of her rear claws caught in it. The curtain is firmly attached to the rod, which is screwed in to the wall. When I walked in, she tried to climb my left leg to escape. When I sat down to try to free her, she tried to climb, and "kill" my right leg (which is my gimpy leg.) Every time I got close enough to try to free her claw, she went for my hand or my leg - usually my leg.

I limped out, bleeding from where she tried to kill one of my toes, and got the fingernail clippers. When she stopped thrashing as much, I carefully clipped the lace, trying to keep my hand out of the shredder. When I got her free, she was able to retract her claws and run and hide. She seems none the worse for wear, as she was back to playing a little later.

I put the curtains up out of the way, and spent a few quality minutes with a box of bandaids. Silly kitten.

On the bright side, I was able to pet Collette without having her eating. Her purr is bigger than she is!



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Dec. 23rd, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
Owwww! Koron is getting used to me clipping his claws when they start punchuring me.
Dec. 24th, 2006 08:48 am (UTC)
Momentary paralyzing kitten grip
The fellow sufferer of many kitten shreds, I shall pass to you the special wisdom of the angry/caught helpful kitten grab. It works for a short time and works even better with on leather gloved hand. What you do is distract the kitten claws with your bad hand -- possibly gloved -- and once distracted you grab the kitten by the scruff of the neck from behind. This momentarily paralyzes said kitten. If you can then bring one back leg up to join the good hand death grip on the scruff, most kittens will stop struggling because the back leg will hurt if they do. Not getting the back leg involved means that when the paralysis wears off, as in about ten seconds to thirty seconds, they will scratch, writhe and bite with aplomb. After a few back leg grabs, they usually learn to go with the flow of a scruff grab and, if you always combine some love with early grabs, will eventually purr when scruffed up. LOL Good luck with it. Gladige Yule from the Florida cat lady. Love to you and Data Pard too.
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