Why trim the claws of your cat?

Pourquoi couper les griffes de son chat ?

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Thanks to their claws, cats can defend themselves, hunt, climb trees and mark their territory.

Cats use their claws to defend themselves, to hunt, but also to deposit pheromones and thus mark their territory with other cats.

Should I trim my cat’s claws?

In general, it is not necessary to trim your cat’s claws. Outdoors, their claws are essential for defense, hunting and climbing. Indoors, a scratching post or cat tree allows your cat to maintain its claws daily and not damage your home.

However, if you notice discomfort in his gait or when he scratches himself, it may be worthwhile to trim his claws for his comfort, hygiene, safety and well-being.

When to trim your cat’s claws?

A cat that lives at home or that gets older is less active, a slight trimming of its claws can therefore be recommended, do not hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice.

How to trim your cat’s claws?

It is recommended that you get your cat used to this practice from a young age. You can use a claw clipper purchased at a pet store or from your veterinarian.

Be careful! This is a light trim, so be careful not to cut your cat’s nails too short. A cut too short or badly done can cause discomfort, injury or infection. It is therefore necessary to act appropriately.

Nail trimming should be done in a quiet environment so as not to frighten your cat and should be done according to the following steps:

  • Hold your cat against you;
  • Take its paw between your thumb and index finger;
  • Press lightly to make its claw come out;
  • Cut its claw of a few millimeters without exceeding the transparent part.

If you are not familiar with this practice, don’t hesitate to consult your veterinarian so that he or she can show you how to do the cut.

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