If you have an indoor or older cat, it is essential to cut his or her claws to avoid infections and pain. This article will help you learn how to do it safely.
Why cut my cat's claws?
If your cat is used to going out a lot, your cat doesn't necessarily need to have its claws clipped. In fact, as your cat walks and does its claws to mark its territory, the claws naturally wear out. On the other hand, if your cat doesn't go out or goes out very little, it is necessary to trim its claws. This is also essential if the cat is old, if your cat becomes an indoor cat and/or if he or she can no longer contract his or her claws.
If they are not cut, the claws can make him or her suffer and hinder his or her walking.
How do I know if I should trim my cat's claws?
A very simple technique allows you to know if it's time to cut your cat's claws. Simply observe his or her paws when he or she is at rest and relaxed. Normally, the claws should be completely retracted and therefore not visible. If you can see them, it's time to start worrying about clipping your cat's claws.
How do I trim my cat's claws?
To cut your cat's claws, it is important to have an adapted nail clipper. You can easily find them in pet stores or online.
If you have never cut your cat's claws, it is advisable to have the first cut made by a veterinarian and to observe his or her gestures in order to avoid injuring your cat. It is also preferable to get your cat accustomed to this gesture at a young age. You can also apply a light pressure on its pads and fingers to familiarize your cat with the contact.
To trim your cat's claws, gently press the pad between the thumb and the index finger to bring the claw out. Only cut the transparent part of the claw to avoid touching the flesh and causing the cat to bleed.
If your cat doesn't like it, you can wrap him or her in a towel and let out only its head and the paw.
How often should I cut my cat's claws?
Ideally, it is best cut your cat's claws once a month. However, it is advisable to check every week if the cat is not injured in the paw pads and fingers. If you notice anything unusual, do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian.
Do you have any tips for trimming cat claws?
Article originally written in French by Marion Bernès (Yummypets)
Translated by Jennifer Eubank