Claw Care for Cats

Trimming Claws

Indoor cats may need their claws clipped once a week so furniture destruction can be kept to a minimum. When clipping your cat's nails it is a good idea to use two people - one to hold your pet securely and the other to clip the nails. Never use regular scissors. Use only clippers made especially for cats and clip only the very tip of each claw.There are veins (sometimes visible as a pink area near the base of each claw) in your cat's claws that you should be careful not to cut.

Declawing Your Cat

Whether or not to declaw your cat is a very serious and irreversible decision. Discuss your options with your veterinarian before making it.

It is a basic instinct for your kitten to want to sharpen his claws. The key to avoiding expensive damage to the furniture is to find a constructive way to change his behavior - like getting your kitten or cat to use a scratching post. Be sure and place the post in an area that the cat frequents. Cats also use scratching as a visual and territorial marker.


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