The Top Ten Paw Care Tips for Cat Owners

4. Nail It

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Prepare your cat for a nail-trimming by massaging his paws, so that she gets used to the feeling of having them touched. We recommend that you start by doing just one or two claws per session. When she seems calm and relaxed, follow these steps:

Apply gentle pressure to the top of the foot and cushiony pad underneath—this will cause her to extend her claws.
Use sharp, high-quality cat nail scissors to cut off the white tip of each nail, just before the point where it begins to curve.
Take care to avoid the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. This pink area can be seen through the nail.
If you do accidentally cut into this pink area, it may bleed, in which case you can apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
Make sure you praise your cat and offer her a favorite treat whenever you handle her paws and trim nails.

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