Grooming Your Cat – Tips, and the 3 Best Nail Clippers for Cats

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Pet owners will be very well aware that cats and dogs differ like day and night. A cat’s general behavior is driven by instinct.

Scratching is one of these behaviors that cats carry out instinctively, purely because it is in their nature to do it. Cats scratch in order to mark their territory, their paws contain scent glands thus scratching leaves both a visual and scent mark. Scratching also allows cats to get rid of frustrations, burn off energy and stretch out their legs and paws.

Cat owners know that it is very important for their cat’s claws to be trimmed, if a cat’s nails are too long scratching can become a painful and destructive activity for the animal. Cats with long nails damage furniture and other objects, and they can also cause serious injury to you or any other individual.

Pet owners will be very well aware that cats and dogs differ like day and night. A cat’s general behavior is driven by instinct.

Scratching is one of these behaviors that cats carry out instinctively, purely because it is in their nature to do it. Cats scratch in order to mark their territory, their paws contain scent glands thus scratching leaves both a visual and scent mark. Scratching also allows cats to get rid of frustrations, burn off energy and stretch out their legs and paws.

Cat owners know that it is very important for their cat’s claws to be trimmed, if a cat’s nails are too long scratching can become a painful and destructive activity for the animal. Cats with long nails damage furniture and other objects, and they can also cause serious injury to you or any other individual.

Tips on how to trim your cat’s nails

Fancy nail clippers alone won’t do the trick, it is important to trim your cat’s nails accurately for a host of different reasons. Groomed and trimmed nails are important for your cat’s general health, fitness, hygiene and it allows them to scratch without the risk of injuring themselves.

Ideally cats need their nails trimmed every two weeks, for new cat owners it might seem like a daunting task, but with the correct technique it can be a breeze.

Step 1 – Create a comfortable environment for your cat, sit with them on your lap and pet their paws, get them use to the idea of handling their paws before you start the trimming process.

Step 2 – Press gently on the pads of your cat’s paw, this will allow the claws to pop out. Take note of the nails quick, it is the pinkish area inside the nail. The quick is rich with blood vessels, don’t ever cut into this part of the nail, it will cause pain and bleeding.

Step 3 – Choose the correct equipment for the job. Ensure that your trimmer is sharp and maintained in order to cut through the nail with ease.

Step 4 – Start trimming, make sure your cat is in a comfortable position, press on the pad of the paw in order to expose the claws and cut at an angle perpendicular to the quick.

3 Best types of nail clippers

  1. Scissor

Scissor nail clippers are easy to use, it allows the owner to operate the clippers as they would a normal pair of scissors. They are easy to maneuver and they ensure a clean cut that is unlikely to cause painful splinters.

  1. Pliers

Pliers are an easy to use, precise option. Pliers feature clean cutting blades to eliminate splintering, and the handles are easy to grip and maneuver.

  1. Battery-Operated Clippers

Battery operated clippers do the job fast and efficiently, but the noise they make does unsettle some animals. Battery operated clippers can also be pricey, use a scissor or plier trimmer first before investing in a battery-operated clipper that your cat might hate.

Conclusion

Scratching is important for your cat’s general well-being, make sure that its nails are trimmed in order for it to practice this natural behavior in a safe manner.

 

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