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catIt's really not too difficult a task to trim your cat's claws if you know the techniques and have the right tool for the job. Problems often arise however, when kitty decides that claw trimming is not an acceptable game for the two of you to play. There are a number of things that you can do to make the endeavor easier on both you and your cat. First and foremost, you should review the proper techniques of claw trimming. You can find some nice pictorial assistance here from and here from Washington State University College of veterinary medicine.

There are good ways to ease the stresses of claw trimming. First, you should begin trimming your cat's claws when it is just a little kitten. This way, kitty learns that having you handle its paws and feeling the slight tug on its claws is a natural thing. Believe it or not, the majority of cats appreciate having their claws trimmed after the task is done. Claw trimming reduces the incidence of claws get ting stuck in carpet and fabrics, meaning that your cat will have more comfortable paws overall.

If you are an amateur claw trimmer, you can try doing the job a little at a time. Do one paw today and another paw tomorrow. This way you reduce the stress level of the project for both you and the kitty. Additionally, don't feel that you have to do the perfect job every time. If you just nip the very tip of a claw leaving the job incomplete, you haven't failed. Just take one pass at each claw and move on to the next one. The major thing is to not get into a tug-of-war match with kitty. If kitty pulls the paw away, first try moving your hand with it. Often times the cat will pull its leg back to the point that it can go no farther and then you actually have a better situation because your hand ends up braced against kitty's body. If kitty demands that it doesn't want its claws trimmed right then, abort the mission and wait for another more opportune time.

The best technique I have found for cat claw trimming is to catch kitty when he's napping. When I want his claws trimmed I just watch for him to be laying in an open spot with at least one paw well exposed. Then, while he's in a dreamy stupor, I just gently grasp the exposed paw and snip, snip, snip!

As always, you should probably consult a professional veterinarian if you are at all uncertain about any issue of your animal's care. When it comes to trimming claws, a botched job will leave both you and the cat extremely upset and it would be better to pay a professional for their services in the first place than to injure any part of your kitty.

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