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How to Clip Your Cat's Nails

Did you know that simply by trimming your cat’s nails, you can significantly reduce the damage your cat does scratching? You might be intimidated by the prospect of trimming a kitty’s nails at first, but it is fast and easy.

First, you will need a clipper.


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Follow these basic directions:

  1. Find a way to get your cat to sit still. There is a good chance you or someone else will need to hold the cat. If it is you doing it, putting the cat under one arm can work.
  1. Pick up a paw in one hand, and squeeze a little on both sides behind the claw you want to clip.
  1. Turn on your cat’s nail clipper.
  1. Clip your cat’s nail. Stay away from “the quick,” which is the name of the pink area. If you clip there, it will hurt your pet.

Do you need to clip your kitty’s claws on all four feet? Probably not. Some people do this, but most just clip the front claws since those are the ones kitties like to scratch with.

Also, try not to get discouraged if it takes you a few tries to find the best approach to doing this—or if you need more than one sitting to get every claw. This is typical. Over time though, you will get better at it and find it easier and easier, and your kitty will probably get more used to it too.



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