How to Cut Your Cat's Nails

Plus why you should never de­claw

Modern Cat - - The Scoop -

When your kitty’s claws end in sharp points, it’s time to nip the tips, not only to pro­tect you and the fur­ni­ture but also to pre­vent a bro­ken claw (ouch) when the sharp point gets stuck in the car­pet. Some cats are freaked out when the clip­pers come out. If you weren’t able to ac­cus­tom your cat to nail clip­ping when she was a kit­ten, ease into it. When your cat is sleepy and on your lap, gen­tly mas­sage a paw and press one or two pads for a few sec­onds, so the nails are ex­tended. Give her a lit­tle treat. Re­peat ev­ery few days and then bring out the clip­pers, trim­ming one sharp nail at a time or more if she didn’t no­tice and doesn’t wrig­gle free. And stay on the cut­ting edge with sharp nail clip­pers. A trim ev­ery two weeks is ad­vised but older and arthritic cats may re­quire a trim more of­ten, ad­vises the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the United States.

While de­claw­ing your cat may sound tempt­ing to avoid any fur­ther destruc­tion to your prop­erty, it is most def­i­nitely hor­ri­ble for your cat. De­claw­ing is an am­pu­ta­tion; it is not merely the re­moval of the claws. To de­claw a cat, the ve­teri­nar­ian cuts off the last knuck­les of a cat’s paw—cut­ting though bone, ten­dons, skin, and nerves. In a per­son, it is equiv­a­lent to am­pu­tat­ing each fin­ger or toe at the last joint. The surgery is also an ex­tremely painful pro­ce­dure with as­so­ci­ated health risks and com­pli­ca­tions such as in­fec­tion, per­ma­nent lame­ness, pain or arthri­tis. Be kind to your cat, don't de­claw.

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