To Trim A Cat's Nails
“Time to trim the cat’s nails.” These words can inspire dread
in cat and owner alike. Fortunately, keeping your cat’s nails clipped is
an easy task once you know the proper way to do it. As cats scratch their claws
the dead keratin sloughs off, leaving a sharper healthy nail.
The best way to get your cat used to nail trims is to start when he is
young, if possible. Otherwise, work your way up to the task by holding
your cat and gently handling his feet. Praise him and let him go if he
resists. Try again later, when is in an accommodating mood; softly massage
his toes and gently press the pads of his toes to make the nails extend.
Again, lavish him with praise.
After your cat has adjusted to having his feet touched,
you can start to trim. Some cats will take to the procedure
with little fuss. Others
will dislike it. Never forcibly restrain your cat unnecessarily. Trim
one nail a day if that’s what it takes to keep your cat happy and
relaxed. He will eventually realize that it’s not a big deal and
allow you to trim more than one at a time. Try to stop trimming your
cat’s nails before he becomes upset, if possible, even if you have
to leave some untrimmed. You want to end the session on a positive note
with lots of petting and praise.
Most cats have light-colored nails, regardless of their
fur color. This makes it easy to see the “quick”,
or the blood supply to the nail. Always cut halfway between
the tip of the nail and the quick
to avoid nicking the blood vessel. If you accidentally do hit the quick,
use styptic powder, which you should keep nearby when trimming, to stop