It’s hard to believe Ruby has been gone more than two years after being diagnosed with advanced kidney disease. Some days I still miss my little girl so much, it feels like she just left me yesterday. I’m grateful I have eight years of Ruby’s Reflections on this site to comfort me and remind me of some of the cute things she did, and I love sharing the memories with you.

Today’s memory takes us back to October 2017, when a routine nail trim didn’t go as planned. Ruby was not pleased!

Read Ruby’s Reflections: The Nail Trim for the full story.

For information on how to deal with cats who make nail trims difficult, read Dr. Laura Cochrane’s guest post, How to Approach a “Difficult” Nail Trim.

7 Comments on Remembering Ruby: That Time When I Trimmed Ruby’s Nails

  1. Gee, I thought Ruby went to a manicurist
    to have her nails done. They always looked so elegant, Ingrid, you did a fine job clipping Ruby’s nails. But not all of us are so delicate and precise when clipping those nails; the cat moves and our arm moves, sometimes clipping the skin instead of the nail.

  2. Oh, Ingrid I know that terrible feeling that consumes every fiber of one’s being when we cause our beloved kitties pain! I too, am very careful when I trim my cats’ nails, but sometimes I am not careful enough! Thankfully, I am forgiven quickly.

    I never thought of having a bag of treats near my cats when I trim their nails-I think I am so focused on getting the job done quickly and painlessly and without any problems that it never entered my mind to have treats available. Staring immediately, treats during nail trimming sessions will abound!

  3. I know all about this. The time before last, when I trimmed Pele’s nails, I got her bleeding and I didn’t realize it because it was on that last nail too. She always puts up a fight and cries, so I didn’t even know I had hurt her. It was probably 15 minutes later, when I finished trimming Kiki and Lulu’s nails, when I went into the kitchen and found blood all down the hallway, all over the kitchen floor, on the counters, blood just everywhere Pele had walked. It looked like a crime scene and I could actually smell the blood (there was that much). I was ready to take her to the emergency vet because I thought I really damaged her. But the girl that answered the phone said they don’t consider that an emergency and couldn’t see her. She suggested flour saying everyone has that in their house. Well, I didn’t. I ended up wrapping it and the wrapping stayed on most of the night until she finally kicked it off. The next morning she had her paw all cleaned up and looking good again. I bought stypic powder after that just in case it happens again.

  4. Beautiful Ruby! U miss then no less than I would your own baby! U have the memories! U R Blessedso very precious!

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