Your cat is generally happy enough to look after its own claws, but every now and again he may need a helping paw. Approaching your cat's killer claws can be nerve-racking, after all you spend most of your time trying to avoid them, but monitoring and regularly trimming your cat's claws will help your cat avoid ap-paw-ling infections, discomfort and difficulty walking.
A scratching post, particularly one with a rough surface, is both a practical and fun investment for your feline friend as it allows him to wear down his claws without your help (or the help of your prized coffee table). However, a trim every few weeks will benefit your cat greatly, think of it as the human equivalent to a monthly manicure - a little treat that will leave your cat feeling like the human's pajamas.
A good indication of when to clip your cat's claws is whether you can see the claws peeking out when they are retracted. Back paws generally need more attention as they are less likely to be used on a scratching post. Indoor, elderly and less active cats are also likely to need their claws trimmed more regularly, since they’re less likely to be wearing them down. Don’t forget to keep a scratching post in your outdoor cat enclosure to facilitate a sun-blessed scratching session.
The claws are out!
As your parents always told you, the earlier you start something, the better. If possible get your cat used to having his paws touched as a kitten. Some people find that their cats are more accepting of having their nails clipped if they are sitting on their knee.
If you’re still biting your nails at the thought of trimming your cat's, then consider taking your cat to a groomer instead. But this should be a last resort - we believe in you, human!
For more information about grooming your cat, check out our pawesome guide.
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