"Proper position is the key to quick confident claw trimming."
Tuck your kitty under your arm
Rest the paw on your curved index finger
Extend the claw by pressing
down on the toe you with your thumb
catch the hook with the bottom
blade of the scissor
Note the angle of the scissor.
- Give yourself every advantage.
- Work at a comfortable height. (I like working with my cats on a counter top)
- Tuck your kitty under your arm.
- Hold with your "opposite" hand (left hand if you are right handed).
- Cut with your "dominant" hand.
- Restrain gently but firmly.
- If your kitty gets out of position, just keep repositioning.
- Work at a moderate pace.
- Stay calm and confident.
- Start with the left front paw.
- Grasp the leg with the palm of your hand and last three fingers.
- Rest the toes on your curved index finger.
- Use your thumb to press and extend the claw.
- Catch the hook of the claw with the bottom blade of the scissor.
- Firmly anchor with the bottom blade pressing against the claw, angled away from the paw.
- With the scissor in this position,you will not cut the claw too short.
- The nerve and blood supply to the claw are in a pink triangle at the base of the claw.
- You can see it clearly on a non-pigmented (white claw) but you don't need to see it,
you can "feel" when you are in the proper position.
- Clip all of the claws on this paw, then move on to the next leg.
"It looks so easy when you trim my cat's claws.
Why am I having so much trouble with this?"
To be successful you must become quick and confident in your technique.
It is important that your cat feels that you are:
Portion controlled meal times make it easier to trim claws because:
Cat temperaments vary greatly from one individual to the next.
Most will accept claw trimming as one of the many things that people do, that cats are not thrilled with, but are not worth fighting over.
There are some cats for whom claw trimming is non-negotiable, but lets start with the assumption that your cat is not one of these rare individuals.
Familiar routines are most comfortable. I do not think that it is a good idea to ambush your sleeping cat and quickly trim a claw or two. A sleepy cat may be more easily restrained, however if you choose nap time for claw trimming make this a pleasant and predictable routine not a sneak attack.
Early intervention can keep little problems from turning into big problems!