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Posted on 05-25-2017

Marietta Veterinarian Explains How to Clip Your Cat's Nailscat nail clipping

Cats use their claws for all sorts of things, but some of those things are not popular with humans. If your cat shreds your couch or gets her claws stuck in your comforter, consider clipping her claws. Cutting a cat's nails is painless and a much better alternative to declawing surgery.

How to Clip Your Cat's Nails

If you have a cooperative cat, you can learn how to clip your cat's nails yourself. The process is simple even though some cats may not make it easy! Gently pressing on your cat's paw pads will extend the nail so that you can clip off the pointy tip. The pink part is the living tissue of the claw, which will hurt and bleed if cut, so stay away from it.

For cats that are not so cooperative, there are other options. You can teach your cat to tolerate nail clipping by following these steps:

  • Pick a time when kitty is calm
  • Give her a treat after every paw you handle
  • Gently handle one paw
  • Move on to the other paws slowly over a period of days
  • Repeat the process, but start pressing on the pads to extend the claws
  • Have the clippers make noise near your cat's paws
  • Actually clip one nail, then stop
  • Clip the nails on one paw, then stop
  • Go as slowly as kitty needs-- one paw a day is usually best

If all of that sounds like too much for you (or your cat), you can get help from your veterinarian in Atlanta.

Cat Grooming in Marietta

Someone else, like a cat vet, may have more success clipping your cat's claws than you do. That's okay. Cat grooming in Marietta is there to help the owners of fussy felines. A cat doctor from a cat clinic in Atlanta has the knowledge to help make the experience as painless as possible.

Schedule Cat Grooming With Your Veterinarian in Marietta, GA

At Cat Care Hospital, we serve the towns of Marietta, Atlanta, Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Roswell, Powder Springs and Smyrna. We are a cats-only practice. Call us today, or comment below to share with other cat owners. Do you clip your cat's claws? What are the main reasons why?

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