Trimming the Nails of your Cat is an integral part of Cat Care as well as helps your Cat to maintain a Healthy Lifestyle. Yet; through their scratching behaviour, Cats are able to keep their Claws sharp and healthy.
However; as your Cat(s) grows older, they normally become less active. Therefore; if the Nails of the Cat are not trimmed periodically, then the Nails can curl under and grow into the paw pads thereby causing swelling and infections.
So, it is still important to keep an eye on the Cat’s Nails periodically to prevent causing swelling and infections due to overgrowth of the Nails. Moreover; for the Cat Parent(s), sharp Nails can cause a lot of damage to your property (especially Furniture).
As such, it is necessary for the Cats to have their Nails trimmed once every 10 days or 2 weeks. Also, it is important to make sure that your Cat is accustomed to handling before trimming its Nails.
Kittens will quickly get accustomed to your handling and Nail Trimming much quicker than the Adult Cats. The Nail Trimming can get complicated, if the Cat has had negative experiences in the past. Regardless, never rush and be patient.
It may look daunting to trim the Nails of your Cat but to begin with Trimming your Cat’s Nail, you require:
- Clipppers or Trimmers
- Styptic Pen
After you purchase a suitable Cat Nail trimmer, we strongly suggest you to practice using the Nail Trimmers on Dry Spaghetti (in order get the feel of how they cut).
You can use a simple Human Nail Clippers for trimming tiny Kitten Nails. But, you will need a proper Cat Nail trimmer for Older Kittens and Adult Cats. There are a few Types of Cat Nail trimmers available at Pet Supply Stores and Veterinarian’s Office.
Due to their ease of use, several Cat Parent(s) including myself prefer to use the Scissors-style/ Spring-hinge Nail trimmers while others prefer to use a Guillotine-like Blade.
Depending on your Cat, it may take some trial and error to learn which type best suited for you and your cat.
To have a comfortable Nail Care Session, follow the simple guidelines to minimize the stress for your cat as well as prevent bites and scratches to you:
- After your cat feels relaxed, find a quiet spot or a quite room where you can comfortably sit your cat on your Lap and to avoid unwanted distractions, make sure for your Cat that there isn’t any birds, animals and (or) actions nearby
- Use a towel or blanket on your Lap to catch the cut Nails and prevent your cat’s Nails from digging into your Lap
- Pick one paw to start
- Apply gentle pressure to the top of the foot and cushion-like pad underneath which will cause your Cat to extend its claws
- Use high-quality sharp Cat Nail Trimmer/ Scissor to cut off the white tip of each Nail but just before the point where it begins to curl
- Only when your cat feels not anxious or agitated, then move on and repeat the process on the next paw
- Try to keep your cat from jumping off your Lap and praise your cat by offering a Grain Free Cat Food Reward
Things NEVER to do:
- Cut the pink part of a Cat’s Nail, called “the Quick” which is where the nerves and blood vessels are. Please NEVER cut this sensitive area!
- Trying to trim all of your Cat’s Claws at the same time otherwise your Cat will feel Stressed or Frightened
- Raise your voice or punish your Cat as that can create more Stress or Scary Feeling which will then create a negative feeling for your Cat
- Rush as you may accidentally cut into “The Quick”
- Declaw your cat as this inhumane surgery involves amputating the end of a cat’s toes and every like-minded Cat Parent(s) are strongly against Declawing
If you do accidentally cut into “The Quick” which is the pink area and if bleeding happens, apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding and this is can be purchased from a Pet Supply Store or ask your Veterinarian to provide you with one.
Again, if the bleeding does not stop; immediately seek the help of a Veterinarian.
Verdict: By carefully following the aforementioned guidelines; you and your cat should be able to handle a Nail Care session without facing much difficulty.
Please bear in mind while trimming your Cat’s Nails to avoid “The Quick”, a vein that runs into the Cat’s Nail and this pink area can be seen through the Nail. It’s always better to be cautious and cut less of the Nail rather than risk cutting this sensitive area of the Cat’s Nail.
Furthermore, in order to maintain healthy Nails; provide your cat with appropriate Scratching Posts for your Cats.
If you are uncomfortable with trimming your Cat’s Nails, then kindly speak with your Veterinarian for further advice.
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