Please think twice before you declaw your cat. When you do that you take away its primary form of self-defense. You can leave your pet vulnerable to an attack by a larger animal. It is understandable that you want the tips of the claws shortened. Cats have a bad habit of using chair legs as scratching posts. Trimming the claws on cats does not have to be a major chore. You do have to keep a few steps in mind as you go about it.
Cats react very quickly to feeling of tension in the air. If you are nervous, your kitten will take note of this immediately and sense there is danger. You have to defuse the situation by being very calm as you go about the task. Having somebody cuddle the cat while you are doing the trimming definitely helps. Besides lowering the anxiety in the air, it can make the little animal feel much more secure. Setting the atmosphere is going to be very important and the more calm the animal is, the easier the trimming is going to be. What you want to keep in mind is how the cat gets very easily distracted. The trimming should be done in a room without windows so the cat does not suddenly become interested in what is outside. Have your cat faced away from you. Remember, your pet is focused on you and any change in expression may cause a change in behavior.
The attitude of the cat is obviously very important. It can mean that trimming is going to take more time with the cat that it would with the dog. Dogs get distracted with treats and cats do not. It means your little pet is very focused on what you are doing. You may want to put one nail and then stop for a moment, permitting the cat to be peaceful as you go about work. Trimming the cat’s claws may take the entire day, and you might have to take longer breaks between each paw to get the job done. It might irritate you but patience is a necessity in the trimming.
You can gently massage the inside the paw of the cat to coax the animal into relaxing and extending the nails. Be very gentle and don’t squeeze. The timing of the trimming can help. Most cats are a little bit sleepy after eating dinner; this might be a good time to do the job.
It is unfortunate that trimming claws is not an exact science. Mistakes happen and you might accidentally trim the nail just a little bit too close. That can draw blood and to prevent infection, you ought to have a little styptic powder close at hand to stop the bleeding. You can prevent this kind of problem by only trimming the clear end of the nail. Anything pink is a warning that there is a blood vessel and you should stay away from it as you use the nail clippers.
The challenge of the cat’s attitude can make nail trimming a real chore. You can use a very simple tactic to calm down your kitty and it involves a bath towel. All you do is wrap your cat in the towel very gently. Be sure the face is not covered, and at the wrapping is fairly snug. This type of wrapping causes the animal to naturally calm down and you can then work each paw separately. Adding to the sense of security is having cat’s body close to you. However, be sure to keep your hands at a distance from the mouth. A sudden sense of panic may cause the animal to bite you and you do not want that to happen.
It is suggested that the nail trimming be done every couple of weeks. Outdoor cats are going to need their nails trimmed a little bit more often. Take a look at the furniture in your house. If you have antique chairs or tables, you may need to protect them by trimming the cat’s claws more frequently. Trimming is just one of the chores you should expect to perform as a pet owner. Declawing a cat pretty much guarantees the animal will be an indoor pet. While you may want that, you are doing your pet no favors at all.