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.

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