Should we cut the fingernails off the cats?
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The fact of scratching is a natural behavior in cats. This practice can be a problem for your owners when you do it at home as the furniture can suffer. In cases where the cat does not leave the house, it is advisable to cut the nails periodically.
Scratching surfaces allows them to fix their claws and stretch their muscles. Thanks to the claws he can climb, defend himself and hunt. He Also uses them to delimit his territory.
Tips for cutting nails to cats
- You will need specific scissors or clippers that can be purchased from specialty pet stores.
- It would be helpful to ask someone else to help hold the cat nicely and without frightening it to prevent it from moving.
- Be aware that you should cut only one or two millimeters of the nail because it is a small vein, which, if cut, will cause pain and a hemorrhage to the cat.
- Acts in a patient and delicate manner. If We do the task alone it can wrap the animal in a blanket or towel to avoid scratching or moving abruptly.
- Take a paw from your cat and gently press each finger over the top. The fingernails are protruding. Make the cut.
- The nail should be cut horizontally while the leg is resting on our fingers. Do Not do it in a perpendicular direction to the nail.
- If the cat gets nervous and aggressive it is not advisable to force it. It’s better to postpone It for another opportunity.
- Stay calm. Speak in a quiet tone.
- Give a reward at the end of the task to relate it to something nice. Have some trinkets on hand that you like or play with immediately.
Success will depend on the character of the cat and your skills, if you do not trust them it is advisable to take it to the vet, who can cut the nails without risk.