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How to trim cats’ nails

Cats love to scratch and use their sharp claws all the time. In the wild, cats use their claws to demarcate territory, defend themselves, move and climb. In fact, they need to scratch to remove the worn and superficial layer of the claws, thus exposing the new ones. But what to do if the cat’s claws are hurting everyone and causing damage to the furniture in your house?

How to trim cats’ nails? If you are unsure about how to trim cats’ nails in the right way, check out the tips below that Blog do Gato separated for you to better understand how this process works. If your cat’s claws are hurting and he’s scratching all day, to the point of ruining everything that comes his way, it’s time to think about how to help your cat, and most importantly, without causing any suffering. As you may know, cats like to scratch objects, and if your cat is not able to scratch enough, it may be a good idea to provide him with the appropriate surfaces, scratchers, toys and encourage him to use them. If your cat’s scratches are becoming a more serious problem, learn more about how to avoid scratching your cat in the article How to avoid scratching your cat?.

How to trim cats’ nails

What many people do not know is that cats nails they can be trimmed regularly, depending on the level of activity and the way the cat wears them naturally. Some owners cut their cats’ nails every 30 or 40 days, others prefer to cut every 10 or 15 days, or even weekly.

How to trim cats’ nails – preparation

The first (and perhaps most important) step in learning to trim cats’ nails is to make them feel totally comfortable with handling their paws. If the cat is very agitated, showing discomfort or irritation when you touch and hold its paws, it will take a little patience to get used to it gradually.

First, try to hold and pet your cat’s paws whenever possible and in all routine situations. When he is on your lap taking a nap, or at your side, take the time to touch, hold and caress his paws, until he gets used to it. Even so, there are cats that don’t like to cut their nails, and in such cases it may be advisable to trim one or two nails at a time so as not to stress the animal. If you can do that when he’s dozing, even better. The more used to this situation he is, the greater the chance that he will remain calm all the time.

How to trim cats’ nails

Follow the steps outlined below to learn how to trim cats’ nails in a way that does not cause discomfort or pain to your pussy. If your cat welcomes you to touch his paws, make him comfortable on your lap, with his back to you, and hold the paw in your hand, with your fingers on the bottom and your thumb on the top. Gently apply pressure to one of the fingers so that the nail is exposed and more visible. Note that the thickest part of the nail, the one closest to the finger, is pink. In this region it contains blood and nerves and should not be cut. If, when cutting your cat’s nails, you accidentally reach that region, there will be bleeding and it will be necessary to stop as soon as possible using suitable products that can be found in pet shops, potassium permanganate, or in the last case the common flour of kitchen. The bleeding should stop in about 5 minutes.

To learn how to trim cats’ nails correctly you need to understand that there are several types of nail clippers available, here at home I use a common trim (see photo above) but it is possible to purchase a suitable clipper in specialized stores. Regardless of the type of cutter, try to make it used to the noise of the cutter so as not to scare you. Cut only the tip of the nail, keeping a good distance from the sensitive part, where the nerves and blood vessels are located (see image below).

How to trim cats’ nails

If at this point you notice that your cat is calm, trim the other nails, one by one. After trimming the nails on both front legs, if necessary, trim the nails on the back legs as well. If he gets upset during the process, stop, wait for him to settle down again and continue. Remember that if you don’t feel safe in cut your cat’s nails yourself, you can ask your trusted veterinarian for help when you do this for the first time.

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