How To Cut Your Cat's Nails
Whether it is you or your cat who gets nervous during a nail trimming session, it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it shouldn’t be this way. Instead, nail trimming should be an enjoyable and calm experience for both you and your feline friend.
However, for most people, this is easier said than done. A lot of times, cat owners easily give up on nail trimming just because of the amount of time and effort it takes for your cat to relax.
That’s why in this post, let me share with you some tips you should remember when trimming or cutting your cat’s nails.
Get The Right Tool
When trimming your cat’s nails, don’t use the trimmer for humans. Instead, use the nail clipper specially designed for cats.
Cat nail clippers come with rounded blades. This type of nail clipper is designed to support and sustain the comfort level in your cat. Because the blades are rounded, the applied pressure is even over the top part of the nail. Not only that but cat nail trimmers have a thin head that allows you to see the small claws of your cat while trimming.
Introduce The Nail Clippers
Your cat hates something that is not familiar to him. That’s why you need to first introduce the nail clipper to your cat.
So, how do you do this?
One trick is by putting a piece of uncooked spaghetti into your clippers. Hold them near your fur baby and let her sniff it. If she sniffs the clippers, give her a treat.
The next thing you’ll do is to take one of your cat’s toes. Hold the uncooked spaghetti over it. Gently press your cat’s toe pad to extend its nail. Clip the uncooked spaghetti over the nail. Release the toe and give your cat a treat again.
This process allows your cat to get familiar with how nail trimming works. By doing so, your cat gets desensitized to any possible fear or anxiety he may have with nail trimming.
Be Friends With Your Cat’s Paws
A lot of cats don't like their paws being held. That’s why nail trimming can get so tough for most pet owners.
To help your nail trimming process easier and faster, your cat should get used to you holding his paws. You can first gently take your cat’s paws and massage it for about 2-3 seconds. If your cat doesn’t like it and pulls her paw away, just follow her gesture. Don’t pinch or squeeze.
You can give it another try when your cat is still and relaxed. Do this until you get to press his paws and extend his nails out. Every time you’re successful, give your cat a treat. Repeat the same process until you are able to hold your cat’s paws and extend his nails for ten seconds.
Set The Mood
Trimming your cat’s nails would be a lot easier when your cat is relaxed, calm, and happy. Choose a quiet room and a comfortable seat. Sit your cat on your lap. If possible, you can also choose a time when your cat is tired or sleepy. With less energy, she won’t be able to resist that much.
Make sure that there are minimal distractions around. You don’t want to be clipping your cat’s nails while birds or other animals are around. Your cat may suddenly jump off, leading to injuries or not being able to finish what you started.
Clip With Care
Now, that you have done the necessary preparation, it’s time to clip. Have your cat sit on your lap. Her face should be away from you. Take one of her toes, massage, and press the pads.
You need to make sure you don’t cut beyond or near the pink part of your cat’s nails. The pink part of your cat’s nails is called the quick, which is rich in nerves and blood vessels. So, obviously, you don’t want to cut that part.
If you have accidentally cut part of the quick and your cat’s nail started to bleed, use styptic powder to quell the bleeding.
When trimming your cat’s nails, aim to simply trip the sharp tip. Once you’re done, release your cat’s toes and give her a treat for being awesome. If you feel like your cat doesn’t mind, you can continue clipping another nail as your cat permits.
Nail Clipping Tips
Here are other nail clipping tips to remember:
- Be patient. A lot of pet owners don’t get it right the first time. Just be consistent and try again.
- If your cat doesn’t cooperate, don’t scold or shout at him. Keep calm.
- Don’t attempt to clip his nails when he is agitated or uncooperative. This may lead to injury.
- Aim to finish trimming two paws at a time. Proceed when he is comfortable again.
- Nail trimming can be done every ten days or two weeks.
If you have more questions or you need further guidance, don’t hesitate to speak to your vet. He can offer more tips and guide you in trimming your cat’s nails.
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