Trimming a cat’s nails can either be a breeze or a nightmare. To make your cat’s experience a pleasant one be sure to have everything you will need ahead of time. A sharp pair of cat nail clippers, some of your kitty’s favorite treats, and a soft towel are all the tools you will need.
If your cat is used to having her nails trimmed a towel won’t be necessary at all, but if it’s her first time or she doesn’t enjoy the experience you may want to gently wrap her in the towel to protect yourself and make her feel more secure.
Once she is all settled on your lap you will begin by gently pressing on the pad of her first toe, this will cause her nail to extend and allow you to see the quick. The quick is the pink vein in the center of the nail, if cut it will bleed and can be very painful for your kitty. If you do manage to cut the quick during the nail trimming session stay calm and place a little flour, corn starch, or baking soda over the blood. This will help the blood to coagulate and prevent bacteria from getting into the blood stream.
It’s usually easier to start with the front feet and do the back feet last. Choose the foot you want to start with and extend the nail to make the first cut. Be sure to do it just below the quick. It’s always better to play it safe and leave a little extra nail if you have to. Cutting the quick can be painful and cause your cat to resist future trims.
The average cat has five toes on each of her front paws, and four on the back, but if your cat is a polydactyl she could have many more. Do your best not to miss any of the toes when trimming as a missed nail could grow into your cat’s paw pads.
For many cats this procedure is a quick and easy one, but if your cat has had a negative experience in the past it may be stressful. Try to make the experience a more positive one by offering your kitty treats in between each paw, or even each nail if she is severely stressed out. Don’t be afraid to take breaks either as you are working toward making all future nail trimming experiences more relaxing.
For a demonstration on how to trim a cat’s nails check out this video of Rumble the Bengal purring his way through his manicure and pedicure.
Enjoy this video from Linus on how to trim cat’s nails !
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