Are your cat's nails too sharp? Nail trimming is an important part of grooming and caring for your cat or kitten.
Nail trimming is an important part of grooming and caring for your cat. Cats need healthy nails in order to climb and scratch. You'll want to regularly trim your cat's nails before they become long, curved, and razor sharp. That's about every two to four weeks on average. Our tips will help you and your cat get used to her nail trimming routine. It's best to get your cat used to nail trims as soon as you bring her home, whether she's a kitten or an adult cat. Before you trim your cat's nails, prepare her by gently touching her paws while speaking to her softly. This will help her to not feel threatened or scared when you actually do the trimming. Try giving one paw a gentle press so the nails extend out. And then give your cat a treat. Do this over a period of a week or two extending only one nail a day to slowly get her used to having her paws handled. Give her a treat and praise her each time. Take this time to become familiar with the pink part of your cat's nails, called the quick. This is the sensitive area inside the nail where the nerves and blood vessels are. Avoid cutting down to the quick as it's very painful for your cat. Scissor type nail clippers made especially for cats are the best kind to use when trimming your cat's nails. Trim from the sides of the nails not from the top. Try to trim your cat's nails when she's tired or relaxed. Once you and your cat are ready, start by putting her in your lap. Hold her paw and gently squeeze the middle of the pad between your thumb and index finger to extend her nails. Clip only the white part of your cat's nail at the tip where the nail starts to curve downward. Do not get close to the quick. It's better to be cautious and trim less of the nail rather than risk cutting the quick. If you do accidentally cut the quick, you styptic powder or direct pressure to stop the bleeding. The quick is easy to identify because it looks pink and extends from the base of the nail to nearly the tip. If you aren't able to see the quick, then only trim the thin curved tip. Don't trim all of her nails at once on the first try. Instead, trim only one or two nails at a time. Wait a day or two, and then try again. Slowly increase the number of nails you trim in each session until you're able to trim several nails in one sitting. Afterward, praise and reward your cat and give her a few treats to reinforce good behavior. Trimming your cat's nails just takes practice, but it can be done. If you need help, ask your veterinarian to show you how to trim your cat's nails.