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Cat nail care

If you have an outdoor cat the you probably will not have to worry about trimming your cats nails as the outdoor surfaces usually keep cats nails down.  However if you have an indoor cat or an elderly cat they will need to have their nails trimmed every few weeks.

How to trim cat nails

You can get your cats nails trimmed at your vets or groomers, however if you are experienced and feel comfortable you can trim your cats nails.


It would be easier if you get your cat used to having its nails trimmed at an early age.


If you have a kitten you will be able to file their nails as opposed to clipping them as they are softer than adult cats nails.


It is best to check your cats nails once a week, if they are visable when your cat is resting then they will need trimming.  You should not be able to see your cats nails when the are resting as they will be retracted.


When trimming an adult cat, use specially designed cat-claw clippers, keep them sharp and well-maintained to avoid any discomfort when trimming.


You will need to press your cat's paw between your finger and thumb to unsheath the claw, then snip off just the transparent tip of the claw.


You will need to be careful that you do not cut the sensitive tissue near the nail as this will bleed and cause your cat discomfort.  


If you cut the sensitive tissue hold a cotton bud or tissue on it for a few seconds, if it contiunes to bleed you will need to contact your vet.

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