are seemingly inexhaustible, furry, bundles of energy: running at warp speed through your home chasing after every real or imaginary stimulus and pouncing on anything they see. Even before they are mature enough to ‘leap tall buildings in a single bound,’ thanks to their claws, they can still manage to climb, claw and snag their way up almost any surface (your leg included). In addition, cats just innately scratch things – not just to be mean, points out , or destructive, but as a behavior (to remove loose bits of nail) and to mark territory (via scent glands on their feet). That means that most cat guardians realize pretty quickly that somebody is going to have to keep those little talons trimmed back in order to protect everything and everyone else in the household. So how do you get your adorable little, whirling dervish to sit still long enough to have her nails trimmed and how do you trim them without causing either of you undue stress or pain?
Ideally, you should be getting your kitten accustomed to certain kinds of handling before there is even a need for it. Every day you should be looking in her , checking her , opening her mouth like you are giving her imaginary pills, and handling her feet and nails. Basically, you should hold each paw and then each individual toe/toenail giving your kitten positive reinforcement (either verbally or with tiny bits of treats) for being tolerant of the manipulations without actually trying to cut her nails. Since cats can retract and extend their claws you will also need to become comfortable pushing up on the last bit of toe (sort of lightly pinch it top to bottom) in order to extend the nail out to it full length.
While you are getting your kitten used to having her feet and nails handled, look at the anatomy of her toenails. The claws or nails tend to grow out straight/horizontally at first and then naturally curve down toward the ground and taper toward a point. Luckily cats tend to have clear/white nails, so you should be able to see the pink area or “quick” at the base/beginning of the nail where the blood supply is. You will want to cut beyond that point to avoid discomfort or .
There are generally two types of pet nail clippers:
I have been cutting mine for years too, however I have two Scottish fold Manx kitties we created who will not let you clip their toenails without a full on battle. I have no idea why those two cats feel the way they do about having their nails clipped, but it really is a lot of work. It takes two people and a heavy rug for those two. They are quite large and muscular. One is 20 pounds and the other is 18 pounds. They too are indoor cats and if you don't cut their nails they will grow in a circle and poke them in their pads. For some reason both middle claws and their dew claws do not get worn down on the scratching post. This is a nice post, thanks!
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Get your kitten used to getting a "kitty manicure", otherwise known as nail clipping, when she is young. Make it a calm, weekly routine and most cats will enjoy (or at least tolerate!) the few moments of undivided attention.
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I take the one or two nails at a time tactic as well, with all of my cats…they seem to mind it a lot less that way…the trick then is keeping track of which ones have been previously trimmed so as not to keep clipping the same ones! 🙂 My purebred Tonk (rescue) is the least likely to fidget when having her nails trimmed. Right now, I am fostering kittens, as well, so I plan to start trimming their nails in about a month (they are still only a couple weeks old now), and will do so monthly, if I can make it happy habit!
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