If you don't want to have your cat declawed, but still want your furniture to stay
To trim your cat's nails at home, just follow these steps:
1. Get your cat used to you handling his or her paws.
If your cat has never had his or her nails trimmed before, you'll want to get him or her used to having the paws touched before you bring out the clipper. Hold the cat in your lap, and take one paw at a time into your hand. Massage the paw gently, and press on the junction between the toes and the foot to release the claws, just as you would if you were trimming them. Repeat this a few times over a
2. Hold your cat properly, and prepare to
Human nail clippers are perfectly fine to use on your cat and are an easy choice, since you're already used to using them. If you have nail trimmers specifically designed for cats, feel free to use those instead, but know that they might take more time to get used to than human nail trimmers.
3. Clip with caution.
Once your cat's claws are out and your
It's best to position the cat's claw vertically in the clippers, rather than horizontally. In other words, the slit in the
4. Repeat on each paw.
If your cat is getting restless, you may want to stop after one paw, and then do the other paws, one at a time, throughout the day. Over time, your cat will become much more used to having his or her claws trimmed, and you'll be able to do them all at once – likely within a few minutes.
Clipping a cat's nails is not hard, once you've done it a few times. However, if the prospect of doing this intimidates you, it might be best to have a groomer or veterinarian do it for you instead. Your vet may also be able to give you tips for holding your cat more securely, which will make the process of clipping your cat's nails at home much easier. To find out more, speak with someone from a business like Clayton Veterinary Associate.