Tips on Cat Claw Trimming

When a cat’s nails are allowed to become too long and sharp, they may fracture or get snagged in carpets. They’re also much more painful if you’re on the receiving end! Here, your Mt. Pleasant, SC vet offers a few tips for claw trimming.

Start Young

It’s always best to start your cat with claw trims when they’re still a kitten. This way, they grow up with nail trims as a normal part of life and are more likely to accept them when they’re older. Ask your veterinarian when it’s safe to give your pet her first trim.

Use a Feline-Specific Trimmer

Always use a nail trimmer made specifically for cats; never use one designed for dogs or humans. Head to your local pet supply store to purchase one, and try asking your vet to recommend a good brand and type of trimmer.

Safety Precautions

If you clip too far down on your cat’s claw, you may nick the blood vessel that runs into it, causing bleeding. Keep a styptic powder or pen on hand to staunch bleeding in the event of an accident.

Would you like professional help trimming your cat’s nails? Call your Pet Clinic Mt. Pleasant, SC.