Q: Can I cut my cat’s nails with a set of human nail clippers?
Part of sharing your life with a feline family member includes learning how to care for their nails. Trimming your cat's nails is the easiest way to prevent unwanted scratches to both you and your carpet or furniture. It won't happen overnight so have patience and be consistent with positive reinforcement only.
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Have you ever tried cutting your dog’s or cat’s nails, just to end up cutting them too short and having a bleeding pet running around your house? Nail bleeds can be scary, it can look like there is a lot of blood! The bleeding will stop by itself, but there are a few things you can do to help stop nail bleeding faster. First, let’s take a close-up look at a cat’s nail to see why they bleed. (Dog’s nails are the same.)Cats . Sharpening their nails is an instinctive behavior for them. Discouraging your cat from doing so is not advisable, though it is perfectly acceptable to redirect your cat’s scratching activities away from your valuable carpeting and furniture to a more appropriate , cat tree, or other scratching device.This is often a two-person job – one person to hold the pet and one person to hold the foot and apply the flour to the nail. Most dogs and cats don’t like having their feet messed with, especially if something really needs attention!Left untrimmed, it is possible for your cat’s nails to overgrow and injure his pads and feet. This is especially true for cats that have extra toes and/or extra toenails (for these cats, these extra toenails can easily overgrow). It’s important to check your cat’s feet often and trim as necessary.The more your cat scratches, the sharper his claws will become. As a result, you may need to periodically trim your cat’s toenails. How often depends to a great extent on your cat. If they are getting stuck on carpeting or are ripping through fabric (or your skin), your cat’s nails likely are too long and need to be trimmed.Keeping your cat's nails short is an important part of grooming and can help prevent injury to you and your cat. In this video clip, Dr. Wendy demonstrates how to clip the nails safely and properly.
Step 1 -- Restrain your cat. You may want to have another person available to help hold. Wrapping your cat snugly in a towel can also help keep them still and comfortable. Having the cat up on a table or countertop can also prevent him/her from getting away from you. Do not force or fight with your cat to do this. . If your cat is not cooperative for nail clipping, it is recommended to clip a few nails at a time until he/she becomes more comfortable with having this done.
Step 2- In order to visualize your cat's nails, you will need to retract each nail by pressing gently on the top of the paw. You should be able to clearly see the delineation between the pink and white of the nail. The pink portion is called the quick and contains the nerve and blood supply. You will want to stay away from the quick and try to clip the white portion of the nail. Using a nail clipper that is smaller in size will make clipping easier.
Cats generally do not wear down their nails when scratching at posts or blocks. Cat nails shed an outer sheath revealing a new and sharp nail every few weeks. Therefore, it is recommended to clip your cat's nails every 2-4 weeks to keep them healthy and to prevent them from getting too long.
Step 3- Give your cat pets and treats so they recognize nail trimming as a positive experience.
Learning how to clip your cat's nails will keep them and you safe and will save money on frequent nail trims by a veterinarian or groomer.
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