Cat Claw Trimming

Cat claw trimming can be a stressful and even dangerous task but a little bit of patience and the right tools can make this grooming procedure easier and, maybe, even enjoyable.

Trimming your cats claws is a vital element to his overall health care. Claws that are not trimmed can cause discomfort for your cat – if they get too long, they can grow back in a circle and bite into his flesh causing pain and even infections. Properly trimmed claws can help minimize scratching to you, your guests and your furniture.

One thing that may make it easier is to start out touching the paws when your cat is very young. When the cat is relaxed, hold her gently and stroke the paws. After she is used to this (it may take a few times) press on the claws to expose the nails. Try to go through this exercise every day until she seems relaxed with you doing this, then you can try to trim them.

Another incentive you can provide to get your cat to want to her claws trimmed is to give her a special treat after you are done with the trimming. Make this something irresistibly scrumptious and only give it to her as a reward for claw trimming. Once she realizes that she will get this treat after you are done, she may come begging for a trim!

Cats claws should be trimmed about every 2 weeks.

The Tools

There are basically 2 types of trimmers that you can use. One is a scissors type tool with the blade modified to have a half moon shape cut into it to fit a claw, the other has a round piece that you put the claw into and then a guillotine style blade that slides down onto it. A simple pair of nail clippers that you use on yourself will also do the trick. One tool is not necessarily better than another, it is simply a matter of personal preference. It is also a good idea to have some styptic powder for bleeding just in case.

Where To Cut

It is important not to trim the claw too short or you will cause pain and bleeding. Plus, once you have done this your cat will be reluctant to let you near her paws again. When you look at the cats extended claw, you will notice a pink area – this is called the quick. This is where the blood vessels and nerve endings are. If you cut into this area, it will hurt and bleed so you want to position your clippers away from the pink and well into the white area.

The Procedure

When the cat is in a relaxed or sleepy mood, hold the cat gently in your lap and take one of his paws in your hand.

Gently press down on the joint above the claw so that the claw is extended.

Place your clippers on the claw away from the quick and at a blunt angle and clip!