Clipping cat claws doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. As a matter of fact, it is quite easy and more and more cat lovers are finding this out every day.
Keep in mind, felines that have access to the outside may not need their claws clipped. Walking, running, scratching and climbing on irregular surfaces such as the sidewalks, garden bark, or up a tree will as you would expect wear down the claws. All the same, it is important for owners of indoor-outdoor cats to check the paws for overgrown claws and injuries on a regular basis.
Indoor cats will as a rule necessitate some human intervention by reason of a lack of rough surfaces to wear down the claws. Your kitty may only get to tread on soft carpets or beds during the day which will do little to keep the claws short and dulled. A long clawed cat can cause injury to other felines and humans without the intention to do so. They can also destroy furniture, doors and items in the house for the reason that their claws are too long. A cat will try to wear down there claws by clawing things, if they are too long a cat won't vacillate doing this on an expensive carpet or your brand new leather sofa.
It is consequently imperative for an indoor cat to have their claws trimmed frequently. This can be done at your groomers or at the veterinarian’s. But, it can also be done by yourself in your home.
A feline’s paw is made up of a hard protein called keratin; it is divided into two main parts. The first part is the 'quick'. This contains your cat’s blood vessels and nerves. This part must never be cut because it will cause very much pain to your cat. If the quick is cut then your cat’s claws may begin to bleed. Cutting part of the quick can be treated by a veterinarian with little effort.
The second part of the claw constitution is the end of the claw which is similar to bone, this is the part that shapes a sharp end and which can be easily trimmed. This part holds no nerves or blood cells and will not be agonizing if cut, comparable to a human nail.
To effectively be able to cut your cats claws in safety you should ideally begin when your cat is a kitten. When clipping cat claws you will need to in fact hold the paw itself. Unless familiarized with this from a young age this may infuriate your cat. It is therefore suggested as a kitten to handle your cat’s claws. Stroking and holding them when your cat is resting is a good way to do this and he/she should be rewarded with a treat.
It is not generally compulsory to trim cat’s claws on the back legs. Most outdoor and indoor cats will wear these down. Nonetheless still check them to see if they need a trim. If required, clip the back paws once or twice a year. The front paws will need to be trimmed much more often.
• Approach your feline when he/she is sleeping...
• Preferably place your cat on your lap. Try to stroke them to lull them back to sleep.
• Hold your feline’s paws on and off for about 20 seconds to get him/her used to having his/her paws touched. Do this over an itinerary of a few minutes until he/she gets used to it. Mixing this in with a gentle, little hug.
• When all set pick up the cutting tool.
• With your other hand tenderly hold the paw and gently retract your cat’s claws.
• You should be able to see the pinkish tissue at the start of the claw and the sharp tip of the claw.
• If the claws are long then clip three quarters away from the quick of the claw (roughly a quarter away from the tip). You should look for the spot where the pink part becomes solid white; you need to cut the white part at the tip of the claw.
• Repeat the process with all your kitty’s claws and onward to the other paw.
Keep in mind you don’t have to do all the claws at once, this procedure can be accomplished over the spans of several days, depending on your cat’s tolerance. Half a paw a day is quite acceptable