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Stress-Free Ways to Trim Cats' Nails

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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Regular nail trims are a requirement of cat ownership but are frequently dreaded by cats and humans alike. Too many times, nail trims end with a scratched and bloody owner and a frightened cat. In fact, veterinarian and applied animal behaviorist

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Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:32 am
The only cat requirement in my home (besides neutering!!) is that they agree to regular grooming. Just take it slow and easy and make it a pleasant experience. It's even easier when a new kitty joins us ~ he watches the other guys getting all this great attention and wants to get in on the action. Cat nails are actually easy to trim because they're clear and you can easily see the quick.
Nail clipping is especially important for elderly cats ~ they tend to grow funky, old cat nails and they frequently become ingrown.

Kath P (9)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 10:50 am
I sit the cat between my legs. I trim their lower paws first and then work towards the upper ones. The cats like being talked to while I'm doing it...I let them know that its 4 claws, 3 claws, 2 claws and so on as well as how good they'll feel with the pointy nails gone.

Latonya W (82)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 12:53 pm
Ha I wish I had this great experience I hate doing both my cats and dog nails and im scared i may cut too low so I clipped the tips which is the eqivalent to nothing lol......but thanx for the info.....

Sonia M (60)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 1:39 pm
Good post very helpful,thanks for sharing

marie C (163)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:09 pm
I have always clipped their claws from being kittens and as long as everything is calm a lot of purring goes on
always cut them on the slant and not too short

marie C (163)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 4:12 pm
I have always started clipping from they are kittens always clip on the slant and never too short in case they get outside by accident that would cause problems none of my cats have ever been allowed out long life guaranteed also a safe loving happy life my darlings live until their 20s

Lori Udenberg (3)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 7:58 pm
Make it more tolerable by starting with a few nails at a time.It is not necessary to do them all at once and offering a treat before and after helps.I personally have never had a problem trimming nails but it is very important that you only use ones intended for cats.

Maria Papastamatiou (4)
Wednesday August 21, 2013, 9:52 pm
Lovely article.

Ruth C (87)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 9:00 am
Keeping them calm and talking to them is the way I do it.

. (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 10:59 am
I find the best time to trim their nails is after they have eaten, and are quite relaxed.

Dianne D (490)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 11:36 am
My stress free way to do this was let my vet tech trim their nails. Now I can do it at home if I only do 2 - 3 nails at a time.

Vivian B (169)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 7:33 pm
I start them as young as I can. If they are baby babies, I wait till they get a point and start clipping the nibs. Just enough to take the sharpness on them. They grow up getting them clipped, so they are so good at it, I don't have any problems.
Love this article! It helps a lot! Thanks!

Sara P (57)
Wednesday August 28, 2013, 6:47 am
The truth is that I never think about to trim the nails of my cats.....
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