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Claw Clipping Comes For Cats, Too

Nail trims aren't just for the canines as many cats could use a good clipping, too. Surprised? Much like licking vs. bathing, felines can do a pretty good job of keeping their nails worn down all by themselves with those nifty scratchers out there.

In case you want a different way to bond, or think she could use a shorter set, here's a simple way to play with your pet and help her be prepared for a claw cut. Knead your kitty's paws one at a time to get her used to being touched and extend and retract her claws. It's important not to make it into a game so she knows not to bat or swat but more soothing as if you're offering a hand paw massage. That way, if you need to do the deed — or seek professional help — she'll be used to handshake action beforehand.


kmckay kmckay 8 years
my kitty loves getting her nails filed with an emery board!
rainonme224 rainonme224 8 years
One of my cats gets annoyed at 1st by the nail clipping, but he relaxes after 10 sec. My other cat, forget it! She goes psycho if I even touch her paw. I gave up a long time ago trying to clip her nails, good thing she uses the scratching post.
ksmithcolo ksmithcolo 8 years
I started clipping my cat's nails when they were kittens. Like the article said , get them used to having you messing with their nails , usually when they are sleepy , then introduce the clippers , it works like a charm. And my 'boys' don't mind it.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
My cat is not too bothered by having his claws clipped. He gets a little fussy if it takes me more than a few minutes, but he's not bad at all.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
If I had a death wish, I'd attempt to clip my younger (3 year old) cat's nails. Luckily she's an avid scratching post user so they don't really need to be clipped. My older (15 year old) cat fights me, but gives up after only a few seconds. Since she's pretty sedentary, her nails can grow out of control if I don't clip them.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
My only advice on this is you just have to do it and start young. At first both my cats hated this, but I forgot through it. Now they now that if they don't squirm its over with sooner, and one cat is even enjoying his manicure now as a time to cuddle. I also recommend not clipping their claws when their in a playful mood, its too tricky. I usually do it after their nap.
Desert Desert 8 years
I've been clipping my kitties' nails ever since they were kittens. I've noticed they object to their back paws touched more, but I generally sit them up in between my legs and they pretty much can go no where till the deed is done.
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