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4 Things to Make Trimming Your Cat’s Nails Easier

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Notice the title of this post, trimming cat’s nails easier, because as any cat owner will probably tell you, trimming a cat’s nails can be a very scary proposition!  Although nail trimming isn’t easy, there are a few things to have on hand that can make it go a little smoother.

  • Feline nail trimmers:  These are available at pet supply stores.  By all means, don’t try using the clippers you use for your nails!  The feline trimmers have indentations on the side to give you an idea where to trim the nail and how much to cut.
  • Styptic powder:  In the event you cut too much of the nail and it begins to bleed, the powder will curb the bleeding.  If you don’t have any of the powder on hand, flour or cornstarch can serve as a substitute.
  • Treats:  Although they’ll still know what’s happening, having treats on hand can help your cat survive the trimming a little better.
  • Hiding place:  If your cat is one that doesn’t like to be messed with in any way (as Marty is), provide a hiding place (a pillowcase works fairly well with Marty) and work on trimming one paw’s nails at a time.  It may take a few days to get all paws done, but can save you much pain, and your cat some stress.

Good luck……….and safe trimming!

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