How to trim a cats’ nails

HOW TO TRIM A CATS NAILS

By Catnips – london Mobile cat grooming and cat sitting

If your cat doesn’t mind you trimming their nails it’s always good to invest in a good set of nail clippers and give regular trims, about every 6/8 weeks.

To take a good look at the nails press the pads of each paw gently and the nails will extend.

 

Press down on the paw and the claw will protract

Press down on the paw and the claw will protract

Be very gentle when pressing down on the paw

Be very gentle when pressing down on the paw

 

Don't forget the dew claw which can be hidden at the side

Don’t forget the dew claw which can be hidden at the side

You will see that the nail emerges from a sheath and, if the claw is white, you’ll see a pink core inside that ends before the tip of the nail. This is a bundle of arteries called the “quick”, and it’s what you want to avoid at all costs because it hurts the cat and results in bleeding.

Buy clippers that look like this.

Buy clippers that look like this.

this photo shows the best nails clippers. Note: For nail clippers, like in this photo, the sliver moveable hook on the bolt should be at the back. That is the way your clippers should be facing. In this photo they are showing the back of the clippers. The silver bolt was mainly used for when trimming dogs nails so you do not go lower than need be.

This photo shows the quick

The pink of the nail is called the quick. You clip the nail away from the quick

The pink of the nail is called the quick. You clip the nail away from the quick

 

You can easily see the curve of the nail - the hook. If you cut near the hook you will be safely away from the quick

You can easily see the curve of the nail – the hook. If you cut near the hook you will be safely away from the quick

Best way to trim the nails is to hook the bend of the claw under the blade of your clippers and cut. This ensures you are no-where near the quick and cutting the sharpest bit of the claw, which is where it bends slightly at the top. Please make sure you check visually too as well as feeling the hook! Have styptic powder handy, or a pet product to curtail bleeding, just in case you do cut the quick. You can speak to your local vet as to the best product. Apply it to the bleeding nail.

DO NOT PANIC IF YOU CUT THE QUICK..!! Just act quickly to stop the bleeding and the cut will heal. Your cat will be fine just a little sore!

Don’t forget the small dewclaw too!

Don't forget the dew claw which can be hidden at the side

Don’t forget the dew claw which can be hidden at the side

For more info and advice on any cat related issues please visit: http://www.catnips.co.uk

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About Anita Kelsey - Cat Behaviour Consultant

Anita Kelsey holds a first class honours degree in Feline Behaviour and Psychology (work based BA Hons) and runs a vet referral service dedicated strictly to the diagnosis and treatment of behaviour problems in cats. She is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats. Anita writes for Your Cat Magazine and is on their experts panel answering readers questions on cat grooming. She also advises on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine as well as being a full member. Anita is based in Notting Hill, London but consults all over the UK as well as international requests. She lives with her husband, a music producer, and two Norwegian Forest cats, Kiki and Zaza.
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