Many cat owners are apprehensive about trimming their cat’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick, a pinkish area inside the nail. The quick is the living part of the nail and contains blood vessels and nerves, and when cut can be quite painful for the cat. Do not cut close to the cat’s toe, only clip off the sharp point. If you were to accidently clip the quick, have styptic powder on-hand to stop the bleeding.

Nail Trimming Step by Step

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    Wait until your cat is relaxed and calm. A walk before the session will help.

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    Spread cat’s paws to inspect for dirt and debris.

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    Hold your cat in place by putting your arms and upper body over it while you clip its nails. While clipping front nails, hold your forearm over the cat’s neck to prevent it from lifting its head. If cat remains anxious or jumpy, try laying it on its side and gently holding it down.

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    Using sharp clippers, cut off the tip of each nail at a slight angle, just before the point where it begins to curl.

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    Take care to avoid the quick, which is the vein that runs into the nail. If you accidentally cut into the quick, causing bleeding, apply some styptic powder to stop bleeding.

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    After nails have been cut, use an emery board or file to smooth out edges.