Although it is not always necessary to cut the nails to a cat, when they do not have the necessary objects to sharpen them, they are old or they stop doing it for other reasons. It can be interesting to cut them regularly. Next, we tell you how often you should cut your cat’s nails.
In nature, the cat is able to maintain on its own the state of its nails, wearing them and sharpening them in diverse surfaces, like the trunk of a tree. However, when you stay inside the house keeping your nails in good condition becomes difficult no matter if you have a scraper, so to avoid discomfort to the cat while walking, to avoid being lime in your furniture, cut the nails it becomes a necessity.
The scrapers are essential because the act of scratching is instinctive in the cat. Does it not only scratch and scrape to retain its claws. It is also a way to release stress. If this were not enough, by scratching the feline communicates with others of the same species, leaving marks that indicate their presence and delimit their territory.
This is why it is best to place several scrapers at different points in the house. Because if you do not count on them your cat will choose to rip everything he finds if you rebuke him for this prevent him from releasing his instinct, you will affect his physical health And mental. It is best to try to teach him to use the scraper but not all cats want or can learn. Usually cats that walk and play outside the home do not need to have their nails cut, only those who remain inside the house or department require this type of care.
How often do you have to cut your nails?
The frequency of nail cutting will depend heavily on your cat’s activity how playful it is how much opportunity it has to sharpen your nails without compromising the integrity of your furniture. Usually, the nails of the front legs require a cut twice a month, that is, every fifteen days, while for the hind legs with a single cut at the end of the month is more than enough.
The use of scrapers can delay the time of cutting nails, because as we told you among its benefits is contributing to the wear of them. One way to tell if it is time to cut your nails is to notice if you are able to hear them: if your cat runs and you hear the clap of his claws against the floor, then they have grown too much and it is time to cut them.
Tips for cutting your cat’s nails
Now that you know when to cut your cat’s nails, you are probably wondering how you will do it. An activity requires a lot of attention and care not to cause damage to the cat or to cause trauma. Make yourself with silver nitrate, a substance that stops bleeding if it is cut. It accustoms the cat to cut its nails from small, thus it will associate it positively.
If you have never cut the nails of an adult cat, be patient and be gentle. You can roll the cat in a towel and place it on your lap, where you will remove one by one the legs to cut the nails. You can also avail yourself of the help of another person, thus one holds the cat and the other cuts. Remember that it may be interesting to wear long, thick gloves.
When you have the leg in your hand, press a little bit each finger and the claws will leave alone. You will find the white nail and a section, located towards the center of dark or reddish color. Cut only the white part, otherwise you will be mutilating the nerve, causing much pain bleeding. In dark-haired cats, the nail is usually brown, and the center of the nerve is a little darker.
If you mistakenly cut the nerve, quickly put some silver nitrate. You must know that a lot of blood can come out. If your cat is altered and twisted excessively and you can not manipulate it do not force it, you could hurt it inadvertently. Stay calm while you trim your nails, use a calm tone of voice to address the cat and convey tranquility.
Keep chunks of your cat’s favorite food close to give you a prize when you are done. If you use this positive reinforcement little by little, you will be calmer. Never yell or threaten the cat if it does not want to let you cut your nails. In cats with very long hair, it is very useful to moisten the hair of the legs before cutting the nails, to separate the tangle and work with greater comfort and precision.