|Claw trimming is generally a painless procedure. But some cats view it as nothing short of torture. Here are some quick tips for making claw trimming easier for you and your cat.
First, make sure you and your cat are positioned properly. Let your cat sit on a table, facing away from you. Hold him with your non-dominant hand. You can then use your dominant hand to trim his claws.
Use the right tool for the job. A special scissor designed for trimming cat nails is the best choice, but a sharp fingernail clipper will work too.
Make sure you are calm as well. If you come off as anxious and stressed, your cat will pick up on that and it will make him more upset.
If your cat squirms and struggles, or if he is new to claw trimming, do only one or two claws at a time and reward him with a treat afterwards.
If all else fails, have a professional groomer or your vet trim those nails. They can show you their technique, which might make it easier for you in the future.
Cat expert and animal communicator JaneA Kelley is the webmaster and chief cat slave for Paws and Effect, a weekly cat advice column by cats, for cats and their people.
November 12th, 2009