Not only does nail-trimming save your sofa, curtains and other furniture, it is also a fast and effective alternative to declawing. The ASPCA recommends trimming your cats every ten days to two weeks. Check out the following tips for turning nail-trimming sessions into enjoyable together time.
There are plenty of tools available to trim a cat's claws. Some people prefer a special pair of scissors modified to hold a cat's claw in place and others choose pliers-like clippers. Use the one that works best for you and your cats.
Your cats should get accustomed to the sound of the clippers before you attempt to trim their nails. When the nail extends, snip a piece of uncooked spaghetti with the clippers whilst still holding your cats' paw gently. Then release their toe and quickly offer them praises and treats.
Choose a time when your cats are relaxed and even sleepy, such as in the postprandial state. Position your cats facing away from you. Alternatively, wrap them in a towel, with one leg free.
Ensure you have good light before starting. Take your cats' paw and gently press the top of each toe to extend the claw outward. The pink part of the nail, called the quick, is where the nerves and blood vessels are. Do NOT cut this sensitive area. Clip only the white part of the claw. If you do accidentally cut the quick, any bleeding can be stopped with a styptic powder. It's a good idea to keep it nearby whilst you trim.
Reward your cats with a special treat, even if it was just one or two nails. Incorporating a positive reinforcement will make it much easier for the next session.
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