Finally, An Easy Guide to Clipping Your Cat’s Nails
20 November, 2012

We love our cats but sometimes they tend to scratch up our furniture or even ourselves!  Since declawing is NOT AN OPTION, it is recommended that cat owners keep their kitty’s nail clipped.

While most cats are not exactly fond of getting their nails clipped, it can be done with practice.

It is best to start the clipping during kittenhood to get your kitties acquainted with the process. The keys are timing, efficiency and being sensitive to your cat’s needs.

1.  Make the clipping spot comfortable

Choose a chair or couch in a quiet room where you can comfortably place your cat on your lap. Try to get your kitty when relaxed and even sleepy, as in a groggy, after-meal state.  Make sure that there are no other distractions around such as another pet or even something outside the window.

Go for it.. I am sooo relaxed~

2. Massage your cat’s paws before you begin

Gently take one of your cat’s paws between your fingers and massage for no longer than the count of three. If your cat pulls his or her paw away, do not squeeze or pinch, just follow her gesture, keeping in gentle contact. Pet her and assure your cat that all is OK.  When your cat is relaxed again, give her pad a little press so that the nail extends out, then release her paw and immediately give her a treat.

3. Your cat should be familiar with the clipper

Your cat should be at ease with the sound of the clippers before you attempt to trim her nails. With your cat on your lap, place the clippers next to you.   Let your cat sniff the clippers or even put a treat on them so your cat doesn’t view them as threatening.

4. Time to Clip

With your cat in your lap facing away from you, take one of her toes in your hand, massage and press the pad until the nail extends.  Then trim only the sharp tip of one nail, release your cat’s toe and quickly give her a treat. If your cat didn’t notice, clip another nail, but don’t trim more than two claws in one sitting until your cat is comfortable. Be sure to reward her with a special treat afterward.

5. Never Cut to the Quick

The pink part of a cat’s nail, called the quick, is where the nerves and blood vessels are. Do not cut this sensitive area. Snip only the white part of the claw. It’s better to be cautious and cut less of the nail rather than risk cutting this area. If you do accidentally cut the quick, any bleeding can be stopped with a styptic powder. It’s a good idea to keep it nearby while you trim.

6. Listen to your cat

If your cat resists clipping or tries to jump off your lap, don’t raise your voice or punish your kitty.  Try again in a couple days.  However, if your cat simply refuses to let you clip her or his claws, you can ask your vet of a groomer to help you.   It isn’t easy, but clipping your cat’s nails can be done!

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