If you have one of the 94 million domestic cats across the US, keeping your kitty comfortable and happy is a top priority. Cat nail trimming is an essential part of this. Not only do cats with sharp claws scratch furniture (and people) more frequently, but the length of their claws can be uncomfortable for them by biting into the skin of their paws.
Trimming overgrown cat nails may sound straightforward, but there are still some factors to consider carefully before going to town. Read on to learn what they are.
Make Your Cat Comfortable
Making your kitty comfortable is an essential part of claw clipping. It will make your job a lot easier if you don't need to contend with a squirming and hissing cat. It also will keep your cat happy and content while you perform what's generally considered to be an unpleasant task for the kitty.
Getting your cat comfortable with the idea of claw trimming actually begins long before the trimming happens. You should pet and knead his paws sometimes when he's snuggling up next to you or purring on your lap. This will get him used to having his paws touched so it isn't a new sensation when you clip his claws.
At trimming time, you should also:
Be Careful While Trimming
You may think that claw trimming is straightforward and easy, but it really isn't.
The base of a cat's claws has something called a quick, which is filled with nerves and blood vessels that are a part of your cat's paws. It's basically the same as your fingertips, and cutting it will cause your cat pain. He probably will bleed if you clip it, too.
The trick to cat claw clipping is to cut as close to the quick as possible without hitting it. You absolutely should leave a bit of claw above the quick to minimize the possibility of hurting your kitty. Your goal should just be to get the sharpest parts of the claw cut down.
Remember that if you're uncomfortable with clipping your kitty's nails, you shouldn't do it on your own. This is especially the case for cats that squirm and protest a lot since you're more likely to clip the quick of a moving cat.
Instead of trying to DIY the nail trim, you should definitely invest in a professional cat nail trimming service for only $20. We know how to clip your cat's claws the right way to keep him from any pain or discomfort.
Grooming Beyond Cat Nail Trimming
Now that you have a complete guide to cat nail trimming, it's time to take care of your kitty (and pamper him).
Contact us to ask about cat nail trimming as well as services like mat shaving and bathing. Our deluxe grooming service is the best that we offer since we provide all of these services and more when you invest in it. We're passionate about doing the best for your beloved pet, so we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Allison Johnson is the Owner and Founder of Trimmed Pets. Trimmed is a woman owned and led Mobile Grooming Business servicing the greater Portland Metro area in Oregon and the greater Boise Metro area in Idaho.