Nail Trimming Tips for Cat Owners


Having trouble trimming
your cat’s nails?  It can take time for
your kitty to adjust.  Our experienced veterinarians are here to help, but we want cat owners to be comfortable with caring for their cats too.
Check out these tips on how
to help your cat relax:
  • Start Early – Introduce your cat to
    nail clipping as a kitten.
      This gives
    them time to get used to the process.
  • Set the Mood – Make sure your cat is
      Choose a chair in a quiet
    room where your cat can sit on your lap.
  • Massage the Paw – Gently massage
    your cat’s paw for a couple of seconds.
    your cat pulls away, that’s ok.
    until your cat relaxes again.
      Try to
    take the paw and press the pad so that the nails extend out.
      Give your cat a treat afterwards.  Do this every other day until you and your
    cat are comfortable with the process.
  • Make Sounds Comfortable– Let your cat
    get used to the sound of the clippers before you trim the nails.
      Try clipping a piece of uncooked spaghetti
    next to your cat.
  • Never Cut to the Quick – The quick
    is the pink part of the nail where the nerves and blood vessels are.
      This area is very sensitive.  Only cut the white part of the claw.
  • Take Your Time – Don’t trim more
    than two claws in one sitting until your cat is completely comfortable.
      Reward your cat with a treat.  Let them become comfortable for the first
    couple of sessions.

Read more about how you
can trim your cat’s nails on the ASPCA website.  If you are still having trouble, contact our office.  We are happy to provide you with tips to help
you and your cat become comfortable with nail trimming.

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