Do you know the right way to trim your cat’s claws?
I know that it’s nail clipping is not an easy task, but it’s a necessary evil in some situations.
For example, you might want to protect your furniture from damage or avoid getting deep scratches.
Not to mention that elder cats are not able to maintain their claws as efficiently as before and might develop infections.
So, today I’m going to teach you how to clip your cat’s claws by yourself.
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How to trim a cat’s claws on an aggressive cat
Some cats do not mind claw clipping, and you can do it without getting scratched or bitten.
However, if you’re reading this article, you cat is probably one of those who doesn’t submit quietly to this necessary procedure.
First, keep something in mind. Do not call the cat or try to lure her with a treat when you’re about to do something unpleasant.
Go and get her. Otherwise Kitty will start associating your calling with bad things and will hide promptly.
The second thing is that you should try to get your cat used to the nail clipping when she is young. In this way, you’re going to avoid future problems.
Unfortunately, a cat which has had an unpleasant experience with claw clipping will probably continue to give you a hard time.
But these tips on how to trim a cat’s nails by yourself will come in handy, so keep on reading.
#1 Know the basics
One of the reasons why your cat is acting aggressively while you’re trimming her claws might be because you’re doing it all wrong.
If she is in pain, Kitty is not going to stay calm but she will bite, screech, and scratch.
Trimming a cat’s claws should be as painless as you cutting your nails.
- You have to be careful not to cut the quick, which contains the blood vessels and the nerves.
- Look for a pink or red tinge at the base of the claw and ensure that you do not cut too close to it.
- If you do, it’s going to bleed a little and your cat will be probably in pain for a while.
Take a look at this video for the proper way to clip your kitty’s claws:
#2 Handle the paws every day
Do you know why your cat runs away every time you try to trim her claws? Because she is not used to you touching her fluffy paws!
To remedy that, massage the paws every day for a couple of seconds.
- Do not squeeze, pinch, or try to hold the paw if Kitty is not comfortable with it.
- Take it easy and give your cat time to get used to the touch.
When the cat seems fine with the contact, you can press gently to extend the claw. Do not cut it. Release it and give her a treat.
You want to build a positive link between you handling the paw and the food she is getting.
In time, your cat won’t be paying attention to what you’re doing and won’t pull back her paw.
#3 Get the cat familiar with the sound of the clipper
The other thing that freaks cats is the sound of the clipper. So, you want Kitty to get used to its sound before attempting to cut the nails.
You can do that by using a piece of uncooked spaghetti. Here’s how to do it:
- Get the cat comfortable.
- Massage one of the toes and press to extend the nail.
- Do not clip the nail, instead cut the spaghetti with the clipper.
- Give the cat a treat and repeat.
#4 Start trimming
The best way to trim a cat’s claws is by placing her in your lap and waiting until she is comfortable. Then take the paw, gently press the toe, and clip the claws one at a time.
Of course, if you have an aggressive cat, you might try to wrap her in a blanket.
However, speaking from experience, wrapping the cat will make Kitty more agitated and less likely to comply. Instead, try to do the procedure while she is sleeping.
- Wait until your feline is sprawled comfortably on the sofa, the bed, or your lap.
- Then gently massage the paw until the claw appears and quickly cut it off.
- Provide a treat and move to the next one.
- Remember that it’s okay to take a break. No one has said that you should do all in one go.
I know what some of you are thinking. There is no way my cat will stay calm after I start cutting her nails.
Well, if you’ve already made sure that she doesn’t mind you holding her paw or the sound of the clipper, there is no reason for your cat to be afraid.
Some cat owners also mention that you can dab some mayonnaise on the cat’s nose to distract it while trimming the nails.
#5 Things you shouldn’t do
Here are a couple of things you should avoid when trimming a cat’s nails:
- Do not start the clipping if your cat is upset, excited or moody. Wait for a better opportunity.
- Make sure that you’re not using dull clippers.
- Do not punish the cat or force her.
- Don’t declaw. That’s a painful procedure that will leave your cat maimed for life and will probably lead to behavior problems.
Scratching posts are an excellent way to distract your cat from the sofa and the armchairs.
However, keep in mind that cats scratch to mark their territory. So, even if you train her to use the scratching post, she might still prefer your furniture. You just have to accept it and trim her nails every couple of weeks.