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Q: How often should I get my cats' nails clipped?

November 5, 2008 | By Emily F. | 9 answers | Expired: 2079 days ago

Toro gets right into the carrier, but Tigra won't, no matter what I do. The last time I took Tigra, I ended up with stitches from her scratching me

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patty
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Nov 09, 2008

It depends on how fast they grow. If your cat is an indoor cat then he probably needs his nails cut more that an outdoor cat. Try to cut them as short as you can but be careful not to cut the quick because this will start the nail to bleed. Don't panic if this happens just apply some quick-stop to the nail and the bleeding will stop. You do not want the nails to get very long because they can grow right into the paw and become very painful to the cat.

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Ragdollkitties
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Nov 07, 2008

I usually trim my cats' nails about every two weeks. Sometimes it varies. I can usually tell that they need to be trimmed when they knead on my lap and it feel like daggers going into my thighs (lol). I guess I'm lucky because all 3 of my cats behave nicely while I trim their nails. It's weird though...sometimes one paw has really sharp nails and the other paw has duller nails. I often wonder if this means that the cats are using one paw more than another, just like humans being right or left handed. Good luck with the nail trims.

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Susan R.
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Nov 06, 2008

There is no way I could ever trim D'Artagnan nails. He is like a wild cat with me when it comes to that. I have to go through heck & back to get him in the carrier. I take him to the vet's office for the trimming. They are wonderful with him and when it's all over he is fine. We go about every 4 to 6 weeks. It depends on how fast they grow and how often he uses the scratching post in-between.

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Lorisidae
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Nov 05, 2008

It sounds like you are taking your pets somewhere to get their nails trimmed. Unless your groomer specializes in cats, grooming salons are often quite terrifying for cats -- dogs everywhere, very strong and strange smells, lots of people coming in and out, etc. If you think your cat will let you anywhere near her nails, you should learn to trim them yourself so she's not so stressed.

The length of the nail is up to you. I find that my kittens need theirs trimmed weekly to keep them from damaging furniture. Given the situation (stitches are a good place to draw the line), you may want to
(a) investigate not cutting her nails, if you're unsure of doing her nails yourself. If that's not an option, then
(b) you'll want to look into longer-lasting procedures. Soft Paws, for example, cap your cat's nail and are supposed to last 4-6 weeks if applied correctly (assuming your cat will tolerate them -- some cats bite at them until they come off).

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Laura
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Nov 05, 2008

I have two 5 month old kittens and according to my vet it is best if you able to start them off young with clipping their nails. I check my kittens every few days and clip as necessary. Clipping about once a week or every other week ensure that your kitty's nails will stay the appropriate length for safety for all involved.

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Katie C.
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Nov 05, 2008

I've never cut my big marmalade cat's nails in the 5 months I've had her, because she hates being held still for anything and will freak out. She uses her scratching posts avidly and that's seemed to keep them in check.

Our kitten has claws like a jungle cat (and little fangs that poke out over his bottom lip!) so I clip his, just a little, every couple of weeks when he's sleepy and getting tummy rubs.

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Kavykeeper
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Nov 05, 2008

After clipping nails, you might end up with sharp edges. I keep an emery board on hand to file down the edges to reduce the chance of being scratched.

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Susan L.
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Nov 05, 2008

It depends on how quickly the nails grow. I clip my cats nails myself, and usually wait until I can catch them sleeping--if they are calm and sleepy, I can usually get them all clipped in a minute or too. If you do clip the nails yourself, you just have to be careful not to cut into the quick, the pink part of the nail where the blood vessels are.

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Connie G.
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Nov 05, 2008

I clip my cats nails about every two months. But it depends on how quickly they grow and become sharp again. My cat doesn't really like it but it doesn't hurt her.

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