It’s a tough job but someone has to do it. Your darling cat needs his or her claws clipped. Here are some practical tips to get the job done.

You don’t have to go to the vet if you need your cat’s claws clipped. You can do it yourself if you dare. Take it slow and easy or your nice kitty could turn into the cat from the dark side.

Why do you trim the claws? Cats like to scratch. When they get tired of the scratching post they may turn to your furniture. Even if they aren’t used to attacking the furniture long claws can get caught in certain fibers and pull them loose.

Also, playtime with your cat is not as much fun when each time they touch you their claws dig in. Regular claw clipping will prevent you from dripping blood and your cat from snagging their claws and hurting themselves.

close up clipping cat nails
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The Method

To begin, use a nail clipper or one that is specially designed for pet nails. Some people use scissors but there is more chance of cutting the wrong part of the nail if you are new to the whole process.

Prepare your cat. It is best to get him after a meal when he is getting sleepy. He is more relaxed at this point. Try to have a friend or family member help you to hold your cat for the clipping.

Have your helper hold your cat in a towel. The towel should drape around the cat as if you were tying a napkin around his neck for dinner. Hold him firmly around the neck using the towel but don’t choke him. It is also helpful to hold him by the nape of the neck with your hand.

Start with the back legs. Talk soothingly to your cat to keep him calm. If he is still agitated, cover his head with another towel so that he won’t get anxious when he sees you.

Here are a few anatomy tips to help you out. When you hold the cat’s paw and press it down, the claws come out. Cut only the end of the claw.

You may see a pink vein. Don’t cut near it or past it. This is referred to as the “quick” and injuring it will be painful for your pet.

Finish by clipping the front claws. Go as slowly as you need to for your cat to stay calm and comfortable.

Cutting a cat’s claws can seem daunting but it doesn’t have to be if you are prepared.

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