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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Is nail clipping required for cats?

Our girl, Vega, doesn't scratch furniture or people. Never did. She hit me with her paw once or twice (it was cute!) but never claw. I wonder if nail clipping is just to protect furniture or it's required for cats' health. Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-16-2017, 03:17 PM
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They can grow into your cat's paws, they can stick in things like screen doors, carpeting, bedding, YOU. They can also tear a nail out if it gets caught in something. And if your cat kneads you like mine, it hurts when those sharp little points reach the skin.

I couldn't trim my girls' nails for the first few years, but they had the best groomer ever. Now I can do it myself. I've never done their back feet, though, and they seem fine.

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I had left it a few weeks longer than I normally do to have Abigail's trimmed at the vets.

Then one day I saw her at her scratching post, and her claw got stuck and she was twisting and shaking trying to get free - she was clearly in a lot of distress.

I now have it done on the 1st Monday of each month so I don't forget!

My vet has an animal health plan, which covers flea and worm treatments, vaccinations and visits to the nurse for nail clippings, all for a small regular expense.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Time to get a good nail clipper
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 03:58 PM
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good to start when they're young too to get them used to it asap! it makes life SO much easier when your cat doesn't mind handling of all kinds.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-17-2017, 05:23 PM
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If she doesn't claw at all, then maybe you don't need to trim as often. Just check every now and then to make sure the claws don't grow so long that reach to the bean pads.

But I would recommend get your girl used to being touched and gently squeezed on the paws so when you need to trim the nails, it will be easy. When you hold her or when she lounges (whenever she's relaxed and sleepy), go to her and "harass" her cute bean pads!

Hope it helps.

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