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Trimming Cat Nails

Clipping your cat’s claws saves your cat from pain as well as your furniture. Learn how to properly trim your cat’s nails by visiting our website.

So the question is: Do you need to trim your cat’s claws?

Most cats do not need their claws trimmed, particularly if they are outdoor cats. Clipping them may be inappropriate, as outdoor cats need their claws for climbing etc.
However, there are some instances, where trimming your cat’s claws may be necessary.

Indoor cats
Inside cats may enjoy using a scratching post (or your furniture!), however they do not scratch on trees etc. to shed their nails, and their claws may become overgrown.
Because a cat’s claws are retractable, they are protected when the cat walks and will become very sharp unless they are trimmed regularly.

Arthritic cats
Due to their lower activity, cats with arthritis don’t usually exercise enough, and as a result their claws may require trimming.

Geriatric cats
The claws of ageing felines are often overgrown, thick and brittle and will need to be clipped more often.
Cats with hairy paws will need checking regularly as it is difficult to see the length of the nails.

Need help?
If you need some help with trimming your cat’s claws, you can take advantage of our FREE nail clipping service at our Free Nurses Clinic from 2-3:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Howick Small Animal Veterinary Clinic

To find out more about our Daily Free Nurses Clinic give us a call on ☎️ 033 330 6184

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