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How to trim the claws of a cat

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How to trim the claws of a cat
How to trim the claws of a cat

How to properly trim the claws of a cat. We trim their claws because they are inside the cat’s paws, and they have a tendency to play rough with each other and with us, and sometimes use the sofa and other upholstered furniture as scratching posts. The claws grow very quickly and if not trimmed for too long, the claws will make a clicking sound whenever she walks, which can be very frustrating at three in the morning.

How to trim the claws of a cat
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It is not recommended to trim cat claws if they spend time outdoors alone. They need claws for protection and climbing.

This procedure is best used from the moment the kitten becomes a cat, but can also be trained later through a game that includes treats and other tricks. I’ve also included a helpful towel trick that you might need if your cat isn’t really into claw trimming.

In the wild, cats grind their claws on the bark of trees – due to their mobile lifestyle. Pets are less active, and therefore their claws require additional care from the owners. How to properly trim the claws of a cat?

With long and sharp claws, a domestic cat can not only scratch the owners, but also harm itself. The fact is that when running or playing, a cat can cling to furniture or carpet with its claws, pulling its paws out of such a “trap” can cause discomfort or even pain to the animal. Therefore, caring owners should help their pet and shorten the claws in a timely manner.

How to cut the claws of a cat correctly?

How to trim the claws of a cat
How to cut the claws of a cat correctly?

The most important thing is to determine how long you need to cut the claw so as not to cause pain and bleeding.

Carefully study the claws of the animal, the blood vessels are clearly visible in the light, which in no case should be touched. If the cat’s claws are black and the blood vessels are not visible in the lumen, you will have to cut at random – no more than 1-2 mm.

To trim the claws of a cat, sit him on your lap. Many animals tolerate the procedure calmly, and no help is needed for this. If your pet is afraid or aggressive, ask someone to help hold it.

Next, gently press your fingers on the base of the pad so that the claw comes out. Use a special tool to process all the claws, not forgetting that cats have 5 fingers on their front legs.

If, nevertheless, in the process of shortening the claws, blood began to flow, wipe the wound with peroxide and apply a tight bandage. If the measures did not work, immediately take the animal to the veterinarian.

How often should you cut your nails?

Each cat has an individual process of growing claws. On average, the procedure should be repeated every 2 weeks.


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