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Cat Claw Trimming Made Easy

Cat claw care is an important part of maintaining your cat's hygiene. Cat claw trimming requires complete anatomy of the cat nails. If you want regular trimming of your cat's claws, then train your kitten right from the age of 3 months. Regular trimming cats claw will ease this process.

Before start trimming, stroke your kitten's paw gently. So that she/he will get used to having the paws held before the trimming process. It is highly advisable to reward your kitten once the claw trimming process is over. You can give her special food treat-one.

Time for Cat Claw Trimming

The best time for trimming cat claw is when he is sleepy or relaxed. Clipping the forelimb claws every two to three weeks will suffice. Trimming process of hind limb claws can be performed at least thrice a year. If you are providing scratching post for your kitten, there is no need for cat claw trimming.

Advantages of Trimming Cat Claws

1. Claw trimming is entirely different from the process of declawing. Declawing is just like that of removal of a part of a finger. But trimming is just like that of removing your nails.

2. Claw trimming your kitten helps to minimize scratches that might be on your furniture-and your hands also!

3. It is a safe and humane alternative to declawing.

4. Helps to avoid occurrence of problems like sore toes, ingrown nails, and discharge from ingrown nails and powerful odors.

The Claw Trimming Process

You should get accustomed to the cat's claw before starting this process. After extending the claw out of the toe pad, you can see a pink tissue on the claw inside, which is called QUICK. Care should be taken to avoid quick get disturbed during cat claw trimming. Injuring the quick will cause severe bleeding and pain.

The sharp tip (away from the toes) just below the quick should be trimmed off. If the kitten becomes restless, then stop the process of trimming. You can again continue the process after one or two days. Trimming at least two claws a day keeps the doctor away. If possible complete the foreleg claws at least. The cats do little damage from rear claws.

While trimming your kitty's nail, you should consider an important thing, which is maintaining a perfect angle of the clippers or trimmers. You should hold the trimmers in such a way that it should not cause nail fraying or splitting in future due course.

The best position is holding the clippers in a vertical position, which helps to trim the claws from bottom to top. Maintaining the clippers at right angles to the claw may lead to irregular shaped nail, which is again a problem for the owner.

If you accidentally cut the "quick" (pink part) of the claw, the profuse bleeding can readily be stopped using styptic pencils. Speak smoothly with your kitty if it met with such accidents while trimming the claws.

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