I'm guessing that most of you who read this blog have or have had cats. However, for those of you who have never owned a kitten, please consider the following advice.
If you get a kitten, you should get a pair of heavy leather gauntlets, like the ones falconers use. You should also consider body armor. And possibly a beekeeper hat. Something like this might work:
The reason for this is that kittens are pointy. You might think that they are all fluff and poof and purr, but their teeny claws become sharp after a trim much faster than those of adult cats, and their teeth are like little needles. The body armor will protect you when your kitten decides that you would make an excellent jungle gym, and the beekeeper hat will protect your hair from being eaten and your chin from being bitten in your sleep.
As for the gloves, well, let's just say that it would probably be easier to give the Tasmanian Devil a mani/pedi than it is to give one to Melly.
And so we come to the part where I ask the cat experts for advice.
Melly's claws, even when trimmed, are incredibly sharp. Her teeth are also extremely sharp. She normally uses these implements in what she probably perceives as self defense (mostly against me), but I'm concerned because Scarlett recently got some cuts on her chin that seem to be getting re-opened daily during her fights with Melly. I think they are from Melly's back paws doing bunny kicks. I've cleaned the cuts out, and have risked life and limb to give Melly very frequent claw trims, but obviously it would be better if Scarlett weren't getting wounded at all.
Edit: Based on the recommendations in the comments, I have ordered two sets of softpaws and shall be covering both kitties' front and back claws. Thank you for the idea!