Most cat nail-clipping sessions often end up with a brawling or disgruntled feline. At times, it calls for all sorts of manoeuvres just to finish the job. What happens if you don’t trim your cat’s nails? Is it necessary to trim cats’ claws? Overgrown nails are prone to curl in on their own and grow into the paw pads, which may result in pain and danger to people and furniture. This especially applies to cats that enjoy a good kneading or two. In a blink, you may find yourself with shredded furniture or blood from kneading on your lap.
Nail trimming should be introduced to your feline’s routine as early as possible whilst she is a kitten. It may sound daunting at first, however, once instilled and a bit of practice to refine your skills, you may see this as easy as human nail clipping.
A cat’s claws
Cats have naturally retractable claws. You may see its full features only when they are kneading or doing things using their nails.
The pink portion of the nail is called the quick, which is a sensitive area and should not be included in nail trimming. Make sure that only the white portion should be snipped. One needs to be cautious not to cut the quick.
Cat nail clippers
There are various available tools used for nail clipping available in pet stores. The following are the common styles used:
- Guillotine type
A guillotine-type clipper is a small tool with handles that help maintain a good grip whilst trimming. Place a cat’s nail into a circular space at the bottom. Cut the nail from top to bottom. The cat should be placed steadily whilst clipping the nail.
- Scissor type
This is said to be the easiest method in cutting cat nails. Scissor types of feline clippers are used in the same way as the regular pair of scissors. This is very helpful if the toenail is too long and in its curling position.
- Human fingernail clipper
This refers to the standard human fingernail clipper, which can be used in the same way as well.Use the tool that works best for you and your furry friend. Regardless of the chosen clipper, make sure that the blade is kept sharp. The blunt pressure brought from dull blades can be painful and can also result in splitting or bleeding.
Ensure the comfort of your feline during nail-clipping sessions. Give a positive association with the clippers. Try to put it next to the cat’s food bowl a day or two before trimming.
Let her get used to you handling her paws with the ‘nail-trimming position.’ Take the chance to introduce mini-paw massages every now and then. There are cats that feel nervous whenever one touches her paws and may perceive the action as controlling their paws. As such, have these sessions short but regular.
Another thing to prepare is treats. This should be hidden and only revealed when the process is done.
How do you trim cat nails?
Your approach to clipping is very important. If you are hesitant to trim your cat’s nails, you may leave it to cat nail-trimming services by a vet or a groomer. However, if you have a calm feline that can tolerate the process, you may as well try to do it on your own.
- Set your cat’s position.
Let your cat sit in a ‘nail-trimming position,’ having her rear on your lap and the back towards you. Hold the clippers in your hand in your favoured side and your cat’s paw in the other.
- Prepare her claws to extend.
Gently squeeze her paws to gradually identify the quick. Make sure you know where the quick is before proceeding to cut the nail.
- Cut the nails with the trimmers.
Keep the cat in the said position with its claws extended. Then carefully cut the sharp tip of the nails one by one. If your cat attempts to escape by scratching you, do not yell or shout at her. Do not rush to finish the trimming. Refrain yourself from doing actions that might cause your feline buddy to associate nail clipping as a negative experience.
- Time for treats!
Do not forget to reward your feline for enduring the nail trimming process. This is a good way to associate nail trimming as having treats afterwards. With high hopes, she might be less resistant in future sessions.
How often should you trim your cat’s nails? Cat claws require regular trimming in about once a month. Keep cat grooming in check and don’t forget to share these tips with your pet owner friends!