How To Trim Your Cat's Claws
Prevent Breakage & Splitting by Trimming Your Cat's Nails
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Keeping your cat's nails trimmed will prevent them from splitting or breaking - which can be painful - and prevent scratching and tearing of your furniture. Trimming your cat's nails is also much less painful than having her declawed if you do it correctly. Here are several tips for trimming your cat's claws.
- Choose a distraction-free area where there are no other animals, either inside or outdoors. Make sure the seating is comfortable for both you and your cat with plenty of good lighting.
- Choose at time when your cat is most relaxed, whether after a meal or a nap.
- Start by training your cat so that she is used to the motions and the sounds of having her nails trimmed.
- Play with each paw one at a time as if you intend to trim them. Gently squeeze the paw until the nails extend. Hold then release without clipping. If your cat allows you to do this without jumping off your lap, give her a treat immediately.
- Practice trimming uncooked spaghetti while your cat is lounging in the "nail trimming" position. This will get her used to hearing the sound of the clippers.
- After several days of this pretense, attempt to clip as many nails as your cat will allow but don't expect to clip more than one the first time. Don't forget to treat her after every session, whether you were able to trim one nail or all.
- The keyword is TRIM. Only clip the nail where it is white. Clipping into the pink area is like cutting your toe or fingernail to the quick - it's just as painful for your cat as it is for you.
- You may only be able to trim one or two nails per setting but gradually, your cat will acclimate and allow you to trim them all in one setting.
- Plan to trim your cat's nails once every two weeks or once per month.
If you should happen to cut a nail into the quick, minor wounds should be cleaned and dabbed with some antiseptic; if the cut continues to bleed profusely or becomes infected, you can bring your pet to your local emergency cat clinic for examination by a veterinarian.
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