Cats are well-armed creatures who sometimes can punch way above their weight. They are agile, they have sharp teeth and very fast reflexes. A cat may need her nails trimmed to keep them from splitting or breaking, and you may find it useful to trim off the sharp points of your cat’s nails if the cat is prone to kneading, scratching, punching, etc. Trimming a cat’s nails is fairly easy once you get your cat accustomed to it.
Trimming a cat’s claws once at a few weeks is an important part of maintaining your cat’s health. Not only does a quick trim protect you, your cat and your family, it can also save your sofa, curtains and other pieces of furniture.
If your furry friend rips you to shreds when she makes biscuits on your lap, then it’s about time to learn how to trim her nails.
The best way is to start training your cat to have her claws trimmed as a kitten. Gently stroke your kitty’s paws often, getting her used to having her paws held before you start trimming. Be sure to reward your cat with a special food treat-one that she receives only during claw trimming or some other grooming procedure-during or immediately after trimming is done. The best moment to trim your cat’s claws is when she is calm, relaxed or sleepy. Never try the trimming right after a stressful experience or an energetic round of play.
Owners dread it, cat’s need it, your furniture and skin will thank you for it, here’s how to trim your cat’s nails at home without fuss or stress!
Special claw trimmers are available at veterinarians and also at pet supply stores. Sharp nail clippers for humans work just as well. Keep a styptic (astringent) pencil or powder near you in case you accidentally clip into the quick and bleeding hasn’t stopped within a couple of minutes.