A pet owner has left the internet in stitches after sharing an inventive way of getting the cat to sit still to have its claws clipped.
In a viral video with more than 12 million views, TikTok user justin.vevina shared how dog Vivena helped to clip the cat’s claws by holding him down.
The hilarious clip shows the cat looking considerably upset at the nail clippers, and a scratch on the owner’s arm—presumably from a previous attempt to groom the feline.
But the Golden Retriever dog comes to the rescue, trotting into the bathroom with a cardboard box that before long he is holding over the cat while the human gently clips the cat’s claws.
“The dog understood the assignment,” said one commenter on the viral video. While another reply said: “Love your little helper. He’s so adorable.”
The Humane Society of the United States says that trimming your cat’s claws is an important part of maintaining your pet’s health, plus it protects you, your pet, and your furniture.
But clipping claws isn’t always an easy job. The Humane Society says: “If you approach a cat with a sharp object in one hand while trying to grab a paw with the other, odds are you’ll come up empty-handed.”
Anyone who has spent any time with a cat will know that their temperaments can vary greatly, and so there is no right or wrong way to trim cat claws: “Some cats do well with no restraint at all,” The Humane Society says: ” But most cats need to be held firmly but gently to make sure that no one gets hurt.”
Earlier this year, another cat’s dramatic reaction to having his claws clipped also captured viral attention when Scottish Fold Munchkin cat Fitzgerald Grant received millions of views after pretending to be incredibly upset after having his claws trimmed.
If you’re trimming your cat’s claws at home, it is important to follow expert advice and ask your vet for help if you are unsure. The Humane Society also notes that: “If you aren’t able to trim all 10 nails at once, don’t worry. Few cats remain patient for more than a few minutes, so take what you can get.”
“The dog looks so scared like this box isn’t enough,” said another reply on the viral TikTok video. While one commenter wrote: “[The] dogs like I’m going to pay for this later.”
“That’s what I call partnership,” wrote another viewer.
“I love dog looks like he’s saying ‘I don’t like this man, I don’t think we should be doing this’,” joked another commenter.
Newsweek has reached out to justin.vivina for comment.