How to trim the cat’s claws?
Do cats need to cut their claws? If so, how often and how to do it right? We will analyze these questions together!
Why should a cat cut its claws?
In the conditions of street living, the claws of cats are updated and sharpened in a natural way: while leaving territorial claw marks, climbing trees, moving around different types of soil and surfaces, overcoming long distances.
Pets generally move much less and walk on softer surfaces more often, therefore, clawpaws alone for an “ideal manicure” are not enough. Strongly grown claws grow into the paw pads and cause the cat not only discomfort, but also severe pain. Clutching the fabric with a claw, the cat can injure itself not only the claws themselves, but also the paws. Kittens are especially prone to such injuries. Not only the cats themselves suffer from long claws, but also the furniture, wallpaper in the apartment, and often the owners themselves. Therefore, the problem can and must be fought. The owners have to correct the situation with the help of special claws and their own skill.
How often can nails be cut?
All cats are individual, and the rate of claw growth is no exception. Perhaps your cat will need a “manicure” once a week, and the neighbor – once every few weeks, and vice versa. It should also be remembered that the claws grow unevenly, one claw on the paw may already be long and sharp, and the others still short. On the forepaws, the claws are much sharper and grow faster than on the hind legs.
On average, adjusting the length of the claws is recommended once every 3-4 weeks.
How to trim the cat’s claws
How to trim the cat’s claws?
1. Arm yourself with a special tool. Ordinary manicure scissors – even very good ones – are not suitable for this role. The cat’s claw differs in structure from the human nail. If it is shortened with manicure scissors, it will begin to crumble and exfoliate. Better get a special tool that takes into account the anatomical structure of a cat’s claw, made of high-quality steel and having excellent sharpening for maximum efficiency.
These can be Show Tech claw cutters and guillotines (there are different sizes and shapes according to the size of the pet). The calm, accustomed to grooming cats Moser grinder is suitable.
2. Provide good lighting where you will cut your claws.
3. Caress the cat. Let her be relaxed and content. Carrying out the procedure, do not fuss, be calm and accurate, so that the cat feels your calmness and confidence.
4. Lock the cat in a comfortable clipping position. You can do it yourself or call assistants: it all depends on the temperament of your cat and her attitude to hygiene procedures. Some pets quite easily endure clipping, others need to be held with one hand, others arrange a battle not for life but for death, and several people can hardly cope with them. Be careful, watch your safety and the safety of the pet. If the cat breaks out, gently wrap it with a towel or blanket so that it does not scratch or run away.
5. Gently push the cat on the paw pad so that the claw protrudes. Carefully cut each claw without touching the blood vessels (the pink area is clearly visible under the white claw plate). Trim the claw at least 2 mm from the vessels. If you touch the vessel, bleeding will begin and the cat will experience severe discomfort.
If you still hit a blood vessel, treat the wound with chlorhexidine. Then hold a gauze swab to stop the blood, or use a special hemostatic powder (for example, Bio-Groom Sure Clot).
6. After completing the procedure, be sure to praise the cat and treat it to a treat. She deserved it!
Try to create a pet only pleasant association with grooming: this will greatly facilitate the care of your pet.