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While it's possible to cut your cat's nails, there's nothing wrong with asking your vet or groomer to take care of this task if you feel intimidated about handling it yourself, especially if your cat is particularly aggressive and refuses to respond to conditioning. Ask if you can watch how it's done and then ask questions as they occur to you. With this extra bit of instruction, maybe you'll feel confident enough to do the next trimming yourself.
are seemingly inexhaustible, furry, bundles of energy: running at warp speed through your home chasing after every real or imaginary stimulus and pouncing on anything they see. Even before they are mature enough to ‘leap tall buildings in a single bound,’ thanks to their claws, they can still manage to climb, claw and snag their way up almost any surface (your leg included). In addition, cats just innately scratch things – not just to be mean, points out , or destructive, but as a behavior (to remove loose bits of nail) and to mark territory (via scent glands on their feet). That means that most cat guardians realize pretty quickly that somebody is going to have to keep those little talons trimmed back in order to protect everything and everyone else in the household. So how do you get your adorable little, whirling dervish to sit still long enough to have her nails trimmed and how do you trim them without causing either of you undue stress or pain?
Ideally, you should be getting your kitten accustomed to certain kinds of handling before there is even a need for it. Every day you should be looking in her , checking her , opening her mouth like you are giving her imaginary pills, and handling her feet and nails. Basically, you should hold each paw and then each individual toe/toenail giving your kitten positive reinforcement (either verbally or with tiny bits of treats) for being tolerant of the manipulations without actually trying to cut her nails. Since cats can retract and extend their claws you will also need to become comfortable pushing up on the last bit of toe (sort of lightly pinch it top to bottom) in order to extend the nail out to it full length.
While you are getting your kitten used to having her feet and nails handled, look at the anatomy of her toenails. The claws or nails tend to grow out straight/horizontally at first and then naturally curve down toward the ground and taper toward a point. Luckily cats tend to have clear/white nails, so you should be able to see the pink area or “quick” at the base/beginning of the nail where the blood supply is. You will want to cut beyond that point to avoid discomfort or .
There are generally two types of pet nail clippers:
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To clip your cat’s nails, push gently on his pad to expose the nail, as shown in Figure 1. In the center is a pink area coming partway down: This area is a vein, called the quick, and you want to avoid cutting it to prevent bleeding. Slide your clipper to a spot just beyond the pink and squeeze the tool with a smooth, strong motion. If you can’t see the quick, just cut the “hook” off the nail, and you should be fine. Don’t forget to praise your pet for being tolerant. If your cat absolutely won't hold still, you can try with just one leg protruding and have a helper hold him. You can also try talking to him calmly to try to help relax him, as well as taking a break and trying again later. If that doesn't work, your veterinary clinic or a can usually cut the nails in a quick visit at a nominal cost. Additionally, be sure to call your vet if you're unsure of how to cut your cat's nails or experience any difficulties.