If your cat walks a lot outside, he often walks on rough surfaces, and in that case you don’t have to worry about cutting your cat’s nails. However, the nails of indoor cats and older cats must be trimmed regularly, at least once a month. This will prevent them from growing into the cushions, which can lead to pain and infections.
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How can you cut your cat’s nails?
- Make it your cat from an early age just to get used to the idea that his nails are cut. Pretend to cut them by applying a light pressure to the fingers of your kitten.
- You can simply shorten the still soft nails of a kitten by filing them. This reduces the risk of pain and bleeding.
- Check your cat’s nails once a week. If they are visible when the cat is resting – normally they must be fully retracted – then this means that they must be cut. In general, the nails of the hind legs need to be cut the most often.
- For adult animals you can use a nail clipper that is specially made for cats and that can be found in pet stores. Take good care so that it stays sharp.
- Gently squeeze the pads of your cat with your thumb and forefinger so that the claw comes forward. Only cut the visible point of the nail, there are no blood vessels in it.
- If you are not used to it and fear awkwardness, you can hurt your cat by cutting the sensitive area at the base of the nails. Ask your vet or caretaker to show you how to do this if you are unsure of yourself.
- If necessary, consult your veterinarian if you accidentally cut a nail too short and the bleeding does not stop automatically.
- When checking the nails, use the opportunity to check that the pads are free of cuts or foreign objects. Check between the fingers to see if there is any other sign of pain. Contact your veterinarian if you notice anything unusual.