How to trim a cat’s claws and care for its paws: specialist advice
An important part of caring for a cat is taking care of its paws and cutting its claws. How to do it right?
In the photo: claw clipping cat
How to trim a cat's claws
The cat needs to be trained in the claw trimming procedure from an early age. To do this, the kitten is regularly massaged with paw pads, so that he calmly refers to the fact that they are touched. Then gradually go directly to clipping. Start with 1 to 2 claws at a time, then be sure to praise the cat and caress.
The claw trimming procedure is carried out in 2 steps:
- Gently and lightly press on the cat's foot in the area of the pad so that it releases its claws.
- Trim the white part of the cat’s claw with a claw cutter. The claw is cut to a bend.
Keep your blood vessel intact!
If you accidentally hit a blood vessel, do not panic. To stop the blood, prepare potassium permanganate (potassium permanganate) powder in advance. Take a little powder on a piece of cotton or cotton buds and press it on the claw for a few seconds. Bleeding should stop completely.
However, claw trimming does not save the cat from the need to sharpen the claws - after all, this is how the cat removes the dead nail box, so that the claws remain smooth and sharp. Therefore, place clawpaws at home, preferably several.
Some owners decide to amputate the claws. You can’t do this! The operation is very painful, and as a result, the cat remains crippled - after all, the first phalanx of the finger is also removed. Most civilized countries have banned this procedure.
How to care for cat's paws
- Every day, inspect the paws of the cat's feet to make sure that they are not cracked or wounded.
- To keep your cat's feet clean, wipe them twice a day with a damp cloth. This is important because cats often lick, and filler and dirt adhering to their paws can enter the gastrointestinal tract.