Cat claws are key to helping a cat groom itself. They are also their main weapons of self-defense. Indoor cats do not get the chance to wear down their claws like outdoor cats do since indoor cats walk on softer surfaces. This means you have to do a pet nail trim at home or have a veterinarian do it. Here are some tips from Amelia Pointe Animal Hospital & Daycare of Fernandina Beach, FL.
Train Your Kitten
Cats usually do not like their paws being touched. If you get a kitten, start touching the paws and handling them as soon as possible. This makes getting their nails trimmed much easier. If you have an older cat, then you need to take your time. Try to do just one nail a day. Have treats ready to reward the cat when the claw is clipped. Make the experience as stress-free as possible.
Getting into Position
Keep your cat close to your body. It is okay if your cat is in a hunched position. Do not pull a leg so that it’s stretched all of the ways out, as this is not a comfortable position. Keep the cat’s leg bent and just handle the paws. Apply light pressure so your cat extends its claws. Use styptic powder to stem any blood flow.
If All Else Fails
For especially sensitive cats, you might need to take a more drastic measure. Wrap the cat up in a towel, leaving space for the head and one leg. It’s best to have a helper to hold the cat while you clip the claws quickly. If this does not work, you may need assistance from a veterinarian.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Fernandina Beach, FL to Schedule a Pet Exam
If you still have questions about clipping your cat’s claws and live in the Fernandina Beach FL area, contact Amelia Pointe Animal Hospital & Daycare today. Our veterinarian will demonstrate how you can trim your cat’s nails at home. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (904) 310-9990.