Expert Advice for Trimming Your Cat’s Claws
Bathing, brushing the coat, nails clipping, keeping the kitty’s ears, eyes, and teeth clean and healthy… – All these routines are so essential for the wellbeing of your pet. But if our little friends understood the importance of it.
In most cases, trimming your cat’s claws is a complete disaster and it’s a luck if neither you nor your kitty gets hurt. So what? The only way to do it safely is to make an appointment with a professional groomer or a veterinarian?
Definitely not! If you learn some tricks and tips from this article, cutting a cat’s nails will become fairly easy so that you’ll be able to do manicures to every cat on the block.
Why Trim Cat Claws?
But first, let’s figure out why is trimming cat claws so important.
Probably, reducing the damage your cat can cause to your furniture is the first issue that comes to your mind. However, we wouldn’t rate it at number one, at least, because it’s quite easy to redirect your feline’s natural desire to scratch to cat trees, scratching pads, toys, and posts.
What really is a problem is that overgrown cat nails result in pain and splitting. Those sharp tips will get caught in the carpet, causing lots of discomfort to your kitty.
Yes, felines do feature that habitual instinct to have their claws retracted and control their grows by scratching, but most cats living in an apartment tend not to do that at all, so a little help from humans is usually necessary.
And, finally, if your pet often kneads you, poking those sharp tips into your skin, a claws trim will make life more comfortable for you too.
Cats Claws Splitting
As you’ve already learned from this article, scratching is one of those habitual instincts cats have been suppressed through years and years of evolution since the times they weren’t domesticated.
So, claws splitting and wearing down is a natural way to keep cats groomed. All we can do is to help with it by regularly trimming our pet’s nails.
The only reason to be worried is if the claws splitting is accompanied by:
- sore feet
These symptoms might be a signal of a vitamin imbalance or some claw and nail disorders, so in these cases, you’d better visit a vet to check your kitty’s condition.
How to Cut Cat Claws?
Trimming your cat’s claws is probably up at the top of your pet’s ‘I hate it’ list – the most stressful routine you still have to do. So, obviously, you’re looking for ways to make this process less painful both for you and your kitty.
And we know how to make trimming your cat’s claws easy and safe:
- The Earlier the Better
Start your kitty’s paws handled as early as possible: set up a kind of ‘paw time’ on a regular basis to get your pet accustomed to trimming since being a kitten.
- Prepare Your Kitty
Don’t jump right into clipping your cat’s claws neither if it’s already full grown nor if it’s a kitten. First, accustom your feline to lie on its back in your lap facing you, then try holding its paws in your hands, practice doing it for increasingly longer periods. Later on, try gently pressing on the tops of toes until the claws are exposed.
Only after (at least!) several days of such practice, you can try to trim your cat’s nails.
- No Rush
Remember that you don’t have to clip all the claws at once. Do it until your kitty allows you to. You can keep the clipper next to the place you usually sit with the pet in your lap and clip a claw or two each time you sit there together.
Each time your cat lets you clip a claw give them a treat. Make the trimming a rewarding experience for your pet and you’ll deal much easier with that.
- Choose the Right Mood
The best time for clipping your kitty’s nails is when it’s relaxed or sleepy. Quit trying to do it when the cat is playing, spying birds, or there are any other animals nearby.
- Equipment You Need
Use a well-sharpened pair of special cat claw trimmers or a small pair of human nail clippers. Also, prepare some styptic powder beforehand in case you accidentally cut too deep (you can use flour or cornstarch instead).
- Introduce the Clippers
Get your cat accustomed to the sound of the clippers before you start trimming their nails. For demonstration, take a piece of uncooked spaghetti and clip them in front of your cat.
- Be Careful with the Quick
The quick is a pink part of a cat’s nail, where the blood vessels and nerves are located. So, be very careful not to cut this sensitive area. It’s better to trim a bit less than to trim too much.
- Time to Trim
Take the paw in your hand and depress the pads gently to extend the claws. As soon as you make sure you don’t cut the quick, trim the very sharp tip of the claw and give your kitty a treat at once.
- Regularity Is the Key
As we’ve already mentioned in the first tip, set up a ‘paw day’ and stick to the schedule of claws trimming. Don’t forget to do it at least once in two weeks so that the nails don’t overgrow.
Show your kitty that having its nails trimmed is a rewarding experience. End every session in a positive way, apologize every time you hurt your cat, don’t get angry with your pet if they don’t wanna cooperate. Staying patient and caring, you’ll turn your claws trimming sessions into a real piece of cake – believe it or not.
Author: Linda Mathews is an editor of https://catspurfection.com/ Animals have always been a passion of hers. She enjoys animal science, animal husbandry, training, and market animal research.
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