Why trim the claws of your cat?

Pourquoi couper les griffes de son chat ?

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Cats use their claws to defend themselves, hunt, climb trees and mark their territory.

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

Should I trim my cat’s claws?

In general, it’s not necessary to trim your cat’s claws. Outdoors, his claws are indispensable for defending himself, hunting and climbing. Indoors, a scratching post or cat tree enables your cat to maintain its claws daily, without damaging your home.

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

When to trim your cat’s claws?

A cat living at home or getting older is less active, so a little nail trimming may be recommended. Don’t hesitate to ask your vet for advice.

How to trim your cat’s claws?

We recommend getting your cat used to this practice from an early age. You can use a claw clipper purchased from a pet store or your vet.

But be careful! These are lightweight clippers, so be careful not to cut your cat’s claws too short. Cutting too short or badly can lead to discomfort, injury or infection. So it’s essential to act appropriately.

Claw trimming should be carried out in a calm environment so as not to frighten your cat, and should be carried out by following these steps:

If you’re not familiar with this procedure, ask your vet to show you how.