Willard Vet’s Tips for Trimming Your Cat’s Nails Without Fear

Anyone who has owned more than one cat in their lifetime knows that every cat is different. Some cats have no problem with an owner grooming them, and some would rather take care of it themselves.

Depending on your cat’s temperament, trimming nails can be a challenging and sometimes stressful experience. Willard Vet has a few tips that should make the experience go more smoothly.

Pick the paw. When it comes time to trim your cat’s nails, start with a firm yet gentle grip on the paw you want to start with.

Press the pad. Gently press on the pad that’s under the nail you want to trim.

Pull back. With your thumb, pull back on the skin to expose the nail. You’ll see the “quick” – a pink triangle at the base of the nail which you DO NOT want to cut. Cut 1-2 millimeters below.

Make sure to trim the dewclaw, which is further up the paw. It’s sometimes referred to as the cat’s “thumb.” When the trimming is complete, make sure to praise your cat for his or her cooperation. This should make the cat more willing to have his or her nails trimmed next time. Ideally, you should trim your cat’s nails every 4 to 8 weeks.

For more information, and to see demonstrations of all these methods, please check out ourHow to Trim Your Cat’s Nails video on our YouTube channel!

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