How to clip your cats claws.
I find that my cats need their claws clipping every couple of weeks. This can be a easy or difficult experience depending on when you decide to tackle the task. I find the best time is when your cat is relaxed and docile …… not just after they have spent 15 minutes running around the house at 100mph (which is also the time you will probably notice they need their claws clipping as they are hanging from the curtains) I suggest you wait for them to relax.
First of all I will explain that cats front feet have five claws and their back legs have four. The front feet have what is called a dew claw which is located in the ‘thumb position’. All the claws need clipping.
I strongly recommend that you clip all four feet and not just the front feet. If you are clipping your cats claws in preparation for a cat show then you must clip front and back. If you only do the front then you are letting down your cat, the judge, the steward and most importantly yourself….cat shows are beauty contest after all!
To get my cat used to be clipping their claws I start to play with my cats feet when they are kittens. I press on the paw pads and extend the kittens claws, I play with the toes and generally just get my kittens used to the fact that I like to mess about with their feet. (What they must think I do not know!) I find that all my cats are quite happy for me to clip their claws and I can usually manage to do them without any help. I must admit though it is easier as a two man job.
When clipping the claws great care must be taken not to clip to closely to the quick. The quick is a nerve ending inside the claw and if you cut it then it will bleed and also hurt your cat.
I usually cut half way between the quick and the end of the nail leaving a blunt edge to the claw.
There are a few different styles of claw clippers which are only a few pounds. I recommend that you use cat claw clippers and not human nail clippers to avoid splintering/cracks. I also recommend that you clip the claws vertically and not horizontally to again avoid splintering/cracks. If a crack shoots down to the quick this is painful for your cat.
If your cat becomes impatient and uncooperative then take a break. If you only manage to do two or three claws at a time then you are still making progress. Do not stress your cat out as clipping claws is something you will need to do over and over and the least stress the better to ensure some sort of cooperation in the future.
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