Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday Word—Hanging

See that scratching post behind me? It should come with a warning label. It caused some tense moments in the condo.
That scratching post behind me should come with a warning label. It caused some tense moments in the condo.

We had some tense moments in the condo over the weekend. "What else is new?" you’re probably axing yourself. This was different cos it directly affected The Cat.

Late the other night, about 1 a.m. to be exact, TW was getting ready to turn in. She read me the last of the comments that had come in for my Saturday post. She looked up from the iPawd because she heard some unusual noises to her right. Then she saw me hanging from the Ultimate Scratching Post. My dew claw was stuck right near the top and this time I couldn’t free myself.

HHGutt re-enacts the scary scene. That’s where I was caught.

I pulled. I yanked. I tried to climb up to give me leverage to pull the claw up and off the sisal. I needed help. HELP!! Woman, for the love of Ceiling Cat, don’t just stand there! The way I saw it, TW had two courses of action she could have taken. She could have ran to get the flashy box to document my suffering and agony or she could have helped. Lucky for both of us, she chose the latter.

Working my claws in happier times.
The norm is I’ll try to bite her if she goes for my paw so first she tried to tilt the scratcher so my feet would be on the ground. When I still couldn’t free myself, she called for Pop who was sound asleep. She was afraid I’d pull the claw out and there would be blood and a trip to the EV. Finally, she kinda lifted me a little with one hand and unhooked my claw with the other.

I will be forever grateful. I want to know why she didn't see me struggling sooner and help. What took her so long to free me? The Cat has questions and she wants answers.

Of course TW being all big-money even though we don’t have big money wants to replace both our Ultimate Scratching Posts with a different type. I won’t scratch on cardboard and even though I love working my claws on the Ess, she wants to get another scratcher with a vertical surface. Do you have one you’d recommend?

Important note: The peeps cannot trim my claws. The vet won’t trim them cos it will stress me out. A groomer used to come to the condo to trim Autumn and Nicky’s claws but she refuses to come unless I’m sedated and TW won’t do that.

This thing should come with a warning sign!

Have any of my furrends ever been in a similar situation and what was done to help you?

22 comments:

  1. Whew! That was a close call, CK. Thank cod the woman was right there to help you out. Our Mom never even thought about this happening. (she's a dense woman)

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  2. I'm glad your human did the smart thing and extricated you, no photos! I think Binga has gotten her claw caught once or twice on something, but not anywhere near as badly as you. Her claws actually grow into her paw pads if they aren't trimmed fairly regularly. She doesn't like having it done, but the humans are able to swing it. Especially if they do it together.

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  3. I sure am glad you got loose CK, that is very scary and frustrating. We get stuck on things sometimes but we never fuss about the help or having our claws trimmed.

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  4. Yikes! Close call CK! Our kitties scratchers are mostly horizontal here at Chez Prudence!

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  5. That is scary. I'm glad you got rescued with no injury. We have the same scratching post, and fortunately, accidents haven't occurred with it so far.

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  6. Ouch! Glad you are okay, CK. Quite a scary thing to happen.

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  7. Oh noes, CK! We're so glad there was no blood involved. I use the carpet as a scratching surface, but I wouldn't recommend that because TW probably won't like it. Lexy LOVES and I mean LOVES her Catit scratcher lounger. It is cardboard, though. Maybe you could give it a try as a lounger and see if you'd start scratching it?

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  8. we're glad you're ok. Our Mom says you need something called a Cat Grooming Bag. It's what she uses so that Lou will be still for claw trimming. Lou doesn't fight it; he shuts right up and gets with the program. As far as a scratching post goes, you might enjoy a length of nautical-size hemp rope wrapped around a length of either PVC pipe or Sonotube, and put on a weighted base. hope this helps.

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  9. That is scary, I amglad TW rescued you instead of taking photos. I love the reenactment though.I don't know what to recommend .

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  10. If that happens with us Mum just grabs us and lifts us up regardless of any blood that might be spilled. If necessary she grabs a blanket and wraps us up - no bones about it we get grabbed but it works we get grumpy but free.

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  11. Whew glad your TW was there to get you out of that mess. Every once in awhile Mom has to extricated us from something we get hung up in!

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  12. ck.....we iz happee TW had her witz a bout her ...coz yea like...frank lee that wood hurt like hell...ewe loozin a claw like that.....none oh uz haz ever used vertical scratcherz { upholstered goodz due knot count } but we due love R kitty hoots big momma's scratch oh rama.....may bee ewe wood like a sisal matt !!! ????? ya never noe ~~~~~~~~ ♥♥♥

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  13. That was scary for you CK and I am glad you weren't hurt.
    We have never had a problem with a claw getting caught, but when we were about 4 months old Eric got trapped by the scratchy post. It was a kitten sized post and it had a ball on a rope hanging from one corner. Mum heard him yelling and the rope had twisted around his paw and the more he tried to free himself, the tighter it pulled. He was lucky that she was there to free him. That ball and rope were cut off immediately and we never had any dangly toys on our cat trees after that.

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  14. Oh CK so sowry this scared you. It happens to me all da time, specially when me needs a claw twim. TW's last wespawnse is always mommy's furst. Liftin' us up gives us what we need to furee ourselves, but usually we be panicked by dat time and need a little human help. Cuz generally when we get stuck we judt keep pullin' which only makes it worse. MOL Mommy sez it's too bad weez not live closer cuz hers wuld twim yous claws fur ya'. Weez not have any alternative suggestions cuz ifin yous like da sisal scwatchin', nuffin' else is gunna be da same. AND and dat's a big and, this can happen on most udder surfaces too. Me did say dat this happens when me needs a twim, but it's usually cuz one of meez claws is peelin' or sumfin'. Ifin mommy dusn't have da time fur a twim, she will offen give me a quick file wiff one of those human fake fingernail files. like these: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011VCHYFO?keywords=fingernail%20files&qid=1443647365&ref_=sr_1_7&sr=8-7 Good luck. We can't wait to see what y'all do. Weez not fink this be a weason to get rid of such pawsum scwatchers.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Lexi

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  15. What a dramatic story!!! I'm so glad TW *finally* saw what was happening! (Love your re-enactment too!)

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  16. I'm telling you, CK, the best scratchers try to steal claws. Cinco is always getting stuck in the things he likes to scratch. It's like his nails grow back the very second I clip them. He is a patient guy, though. He lets me know when he can't get out and I come over and help him. He doesn't fight me about it.
    -Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

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  17. I don't know if you remember or not, CK, but once, when me and Wally were wrasslin', I got my claw caught in his collar and it ripped all the way out. Ouch!! But we have that same scratcher and have never had a problem with getting our claws caught in it. ~Ernie

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  18. Holy smokes, that was a close call, CK! If we get stuck, our humans just grab us under the front legs, and lift us up til we disengage.

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  19. OMC ! We're glad the woman was able to help you out ! Purrs

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  20. EEKKK...that's super scary! Glad TW was able to save you.

    The Florida Furkids

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  21. That was a close one, CK! Waffles has gotten his claw stuck on his carrier once before and Glogirly did kind of what the Island Cat's mom did.. she lifted him straight up from the angle his claw was stuck and thankfully that worked. I'm afraid almost any kind of scratcher may have the same effect. Cardboard is softer, but if you don't like that, being soft doesn't much matter.

    I did just learn about a new trimmer that we're trying out. It's something that might make a difference for you or even your vet. We'll let TW know about it. : )

    Katie

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