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Grooming Tips – How to Trim Your Cats Nails

Trimming your cat’s nails regularly can help to minimize the damage caused by scratching. Your veterinarian can help you trim your cat’s nails or you can learn to trim them at home.

To start, give your cat treats and praise for each nail, and know when to call it quits. If you can get only one or two nails done per session, that’s alright — you’ll get further in the long run by working with your cat and not making nail trimming a war.

 

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Another option to consider is Soft Paws®, which are plastic nail coverings that can be glued over the claws. The idea is that these blunt plastic nails will not be sharp enough to cause damage.

Usually, the staff at your vet’s office will place the first set, but after this many owners are comfortable replacing the Soft Paws® at home. These must be replaced as the nail grows out, usually every four to six weeks or so.

 

Can I Cut My Cat’s Nails with Human Nail Clippers?

While it is not dangerous to use a human nail cutter it may cause the nails to split. This can make your job more difficult and may be painful for your cat.

 

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All pet stores carry pet nail clippers. Investing in a good pair can save you a lot of time and money down the road. Be sure to purchase some styptic powder to cauterize the nail in case it is cut too short.

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to Dr. Lauren at drlauren@petside.com.

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