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How to Trim Nails

  • Hold your cat in your lap.
    • Gently take one of your cat’s paws in the fingers of your left hand, and press a toe pad enough to extend the claw.
    • Note where the quick is.
    • Position the clippers with your right hand about halfway between the end of the quick and the pointed tip of the claw. You‘ll trim just the sharp tip off the nail. Once you’re comfortable that your cat accepts trimming, you can clip a bit more of the nail—although you should never clip right next to the quick.  
    • Clip the nail.
    • Release your cat’s toe and quickly give her a treat.
  • If your cat didn’t seem to notice the trim, do another nail. Don’t attempt to do more than the tips of just two claws at one sitting until your cat is obviously comfortable with trimming.

What NOT to Do

Here are a few things you should never do when trimming your cat’s claws:

  • Do not yell at your cat or attempt to punish her in any way.
  • Do not cut too close to the quick.
  • Do not rush.
  • Do not try to do all the claws at once if your cat is not used to it
  • Do not trim when you’re upset or your cat’s agitated.