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How do I trim my cat’s nails?

How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails

Taking good care of your cat includes making sure their nails do not become overgrown. Trimming your cat’s nails is important for both your cat’s and everyone else’s safety, as overgrown nails can cause injuries or get caught on things. Here are the steps to trim your cat’s nails properly:

Steps to Trim Your Cat’s Nails:

  • Gather Supplies: Gather supplies before you begin, such as a nail clipper made specifically for cats, styptic powder or cornstarch, treats, and a towel.
  • Position Your Cat: Position your cat properly before you begin to make the process easier. Cradle the cat or have a helper hold them in your lap.
  • Start with the Front Paws: Begin with the front paws, where the nails are shorter and easier to trim. Hold the paw firmly and press down lightly on the toe pad to extend the nail.
  • Trim the Nail: Clip the nail at a 45-degree angle, making sure not to cut too close to your cat’s skin. Do this for each nail, including the dewclaw, if applicable.
  • Give Treats: Give your cat treats and plenty of praise while you trim their nails to reward them and keep them calm.
  • Clean Up: Clean any excess nail clippings and apply styptic powder or cornstarch to the nails in case of bleeding.
  • Keep Them Comfortable: Keep your cat comfortable after trimming by giving them a warm towel and a cozy place to rest.

Following these steps will help keep your cat’s nails trimmed, healthy, and injury free. If you are not comfortable trimming your cat’s nails yourself, you can also visit your vet or a groomer for assistance.

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