Long claws can get caught on things in the house and a torn claw may be the outcome of such an occurrence. Spokane cat owners hare taking precautions to prevent this tragedy. .
Cat scratching posts, trees and platforms are not for ever and a day enough to keep your cat’s nails trim and they have no effect at all if the cat doesn’t want to use them.
Ingrown nails can form when the nail grows around into a sphere and slices the foot pad. Polydactyl cats are particularly prone to this syndrome. If left untreated, ingrown nails are agonizing for the cat and their paws can become infected.
Claws are created from keratin, the same substance that makes hair. They grow constantly just like human finger and toe nails. There are five claws on each forepaw but only four on each of the hind paws that will necessitate clipping.
Sharp cat claws will shred furniture, rugs, screen doors, and drapes.
It is always superior to trim cat’s claws instead of having them surgically removed. Many veterinarians will refuse to do it for ethical reasons. A cat cannot defend her/himself from other animals or even get away up a tree with no claws.
Before trimming your cat’s claws, gather all of the supplies you will need. Obtain a pair of safety type nail clippers from a pet store; they are generally around $10. You should also have some styptic powder handy in case of bleeding. Keep some kitty treats nearby too, so your feline will get positive support when the procedure ends with ringing success. A large towel is beneficial to hold a frightened, stressed out cat steady and help keep her/him calm.
This is not an activity that should be done quickly. You can get your cat ready for nail clipping by simply spending a week gently massaging your cat’s paws and preparing her/him for the claw clipping session.
Position one finger on the cat’s food pad and tenderly push the claw so that it is visible through the fur. This might take greater manual nimbleness if you have a long-haired cat with furry, little feet.
Don’t feel like you have to finish the entire process in one session. If your cat seems frazzled, try doing just one paw per day.
Trim each nail to just beyond the spot where it begins to curve.
Only trim the white tip of the claw. Under no circumstance whatsoever do you clip the pink or darker part of the nail which is closer to the foot pad. The tiny vein which runs down the nail is called the quick, and it is as a rule, visible. It is only essential to snip a small portion of the pointed end of the claw so it becomes dulled.
It’ is much better to clip too little than too much.
Cats possess sweat glands between their paw pads, and by scratching, there are sending off their scent and marking their territory.
Some people opt to using “Peticure” or “Pedipaws” electric nail trimmers as seen on TV. You can also have your veterinarian trim your cat’s claws, if you don’t feel comfortable doing so.