Tips on Giving Your Cat a Nail Trim

Much like baths, cats seem to have a radar for when it’s time for a nail trimming. When those clippers come out for a manicure, it seems like they always go running away, terrified. It may not seem like it at the moment, but apparently it IS possible for cats to have a calm nail trimming session – and can even grow to enjoy it! How does one do this? Here are a few tips on giving your cat a nail trim:

– Set the tone – and make it good! Ideally, you should introduce your cat to nail trimming when they’re a young kitten. Get them on your lap when they’re a bit sleepy and groggy, or at least very relaxed and comfortable for an easy cut.

– Get acquainted with their paw. Gently take your cat’s paw, holding their little fingers with a slight massage for no more than 3 seconds each. Give the pads a press until the nail pokes out – do this for all ten on both paws.

– Also get acquainted with the nail clipper. Your kitty should be at ease with the sound of the clippers before they make their way to them, much less give them a trim. Once they get comfortable with the mere sound, then you know it’s time.

– Don’t ever cut the quick. The pink part of the cat’s nail is called the quick, where the blood vessels and nerves are. DO NOT cut this area – snip only the white part of the claw.

– Set a schedule. A nail trimming every 10 days or two weeks is ideal for your cat. If you need help, get the assistance of a groomer.

– Be aware of the things you shouldn’t do, including:

  • Do not punish your cat if they are resistant.
  • Do not cut your cat’s nails while you are upset or they are angry.
  • Do not attempt to trim their nails all at the same time.
  • Do not, by any means, declaw your cat… ever.

Photo by Mark Large – WPA Pool / Getty Images

 

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Hello Kitty
Did You Know that Hello Kitty Isn’t Even a Cat?
cat
Idaho Cat That Ended Up in Montana Reunited With Its Family
Cat
Cat Found Suffering from Fishing Hooks gets Second Chance
Nerf
Nerf Makes a Blaster for Cats That Shoots Catnip Discs
Bengal Cat
10 Cat Breeds Who Shed the Least
Maine Coon
10 Questions You Should Be Asking a Maine Coon Cat Breeder
Scottish Fold
The Five Most Unhealthy Cat Breeds
Korat
The Five Most Interesting Thai Cat Breeds
cat kneading
Why Do Cats Massage Each Other?
cat
Yearly Wellness Exams Keep Your Cats More Healthy
semi-feral cat
How to Help a Semi Feral Cat Adjust to Your Home
cat
Five Signs That Your Cat is Overstimulated
seaweed
Can Cats Eat Seaweed?
asparagus
Can Cats Eat Asparagus?
stressed cat
Vets Warn Cats are Experiencing “Life Threatening” Stress
sick cat
What is Baytril For Cats?