Cats love to stretch and ‘sharpen’ their nails on anything they can (sometimes your legs) - So – you can either wear bullet (and kitty) proof pants, and cover every inch of your home in steel, or you can clip your cat’s toenails!
You can go out an buy cat nail clippers if you really want to, but in our experience, regular people nail clippers will work fine – sometimes better! If you don’t have someone to help, learn how to hold your cat in a firm but gentle ‘football’ hold (remember not to squish too hard!)
- Hold kitty’s paw in your hand, squeeze his toe with your your thumb and index finger which will make the nail ‘pop’ out.
- Simply clip off the sharp tip at the end (if using people clippers, hold the clipper sideways since cat nails are somewhat flattened and not rounded like dog nails – we have found cats seem to mind this less than when you clip top to bottom). Lather, Rinse, Repeat…
a couple of tips:
- Avoid coming close to the quick – the reddish vein that can be seen through the nail. This vein has a nerve alongside it and even if you cut too close to it, it can cause pain. If you cut through the area, be prepared for bleeding and a very unhappy cat who will NEVER trust ANYONE in handling his feet EVER again.
- Cats don’t like nail trims — it’s a fact. Cat nip, fuzzy mousies, laser pointers — love em. Nail clippings – not so much!
- If you have a kitten, start early.
- If you are attempting this on an adult cat, make sure to play with and touch his feet a lot just to have him get used to having them handled — or else he will know that anytime you touch his feet, a nail trim is coming!
Sound scary? Sometimes it certainly is! Depending on your cat’s personality and tolerance for having their feet handled, only you can judge whether or not you should attempt this feet…er feat at home (possibly wearing a head to toe Kevlar suit) or just to leave it up to the professionals at the vet or friendly neighborhood mobile grooming salon