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Dig Into 5 Tips For Kitty Claw Trimming

Nov 6 2010 - 11:00am

Nail trims aren't just for the canines as many cats could use a good clipping, too. Surprised? If you want to try this on for size, see my five tips to make the process easier for both you and your beloved pet!

We Start Wee

If your pet's a kitten, or you're simply planning for your dream cat, this process can go much smoother when you start young. It takes patience and frequent, informal paw massages to let them cuddle longer and not squirm away immediately.

Wakie Wakie Time

The time when your pet is ready to frolic [1] is not the time to tackle paw trims. It's way too tricky to do so when felines are in a playful mood so instead wait 'til after a catnap.

Not a Game

When approaching your pet, make sure you don't waggle your hand like it's a game so she knows not to bat or swat. If you periodically pamper her paws, she'll be more used to it if you need to seek professional help for the deed itself.

Get Kneady

Knead your kitty's paws one at a time to get her used to being touched and naturally extend and retract her claws. Think of it as your own personal handshake!

Let Her Do Some of the Work

Provide scratchers of different textures so she can work her claws down, too. Have any of you trimmed your cat's nails yourself?

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