THE BREGMAN VETERINARY GROUP
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 comfortable. 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. If your cat pulls away, that’s ok. Wait 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.