bobcat claws

Submitted by freddy on 02/29/2004 at 11:49. ( ) 64.12.96.205

i mounted a bob cat he looks good, but i can't
get the claw's to stay retracktide,he is on a rock the reference
don't show the claw's

so how do i get them to stay in it's my first show piece

please any help will be greatfull

thanx fred

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Cut them off!

This response submitted by Paul C on 02/29/2004 at 12:17. ( ) 65.120.100.174

Probably the best thing for you to do is simply cut them off. I know most cat taxidermists cut them off unless the cat is "doing something" like holding prey, fighting, gripping a tree, etc. The work involved in retracting them and keeping them retracted is not worth it.


dew claws

This response submitted by fred on 02/29/2004 at 12:59. ( ) 64.12.116.210

paul, thanx for the advice ?do i cut the dew claw's also

but will the judge at the show(ben haden) nock point's off for doing that.
please respond
thanx fred


Depends....

This response submitted by Paul C on 02/29/2004 at 13:13. ( ) 65.120.100.174

Fred, it depends on whether your pose should be showing the dew claws or not. Rarely do the dew claws show if the toe claws aren't, so I would say remove them too. As to what Ben Haden would say about it I couldn't even venture a guess. I've judged with Ben several times and wouldn't want to guess even if I could...LOL.
Tell him I said HI though!
Godd luck with your cat and the show!


fred

This response submitted by wilson on 02/29/2004 at 15:51. ( ) 198.81.26.74

i dont do this but some lesser taxidermist thing the claws are there tips.haha

I think on a bobcat the claw retract to the side of ther toe; maybe
thats your prob.If pushed strait back on the toe bone it will not work.


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