Trimming A Cat's Claws?

I have a beautiful calico cat that just showed up last summer at my door. After extensive advertising for the owner, and not finding an owner, she became my cat. My problem is that she comes in the house for a couple of hours every day, but she loves to be outside. I had her spayed, and shots, but she still has her claws.

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I would like her to be in the house all the time, but with the claws, it is not possible. Do people have cat's claws trimmed? If so, where do you take them to have it done? I do not want to have her claws totally removed, because she loves to be outside so much. So, who trims cat claws?

By Marjorie

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December 21, 20110 found this helpful

Any vet practice can trim, look for one that specializes in feline care. Most will offer you a discounted fee if you bring a well behaved cat to the practice regularly.

Some groomers can as well but you have to be careful about using a grooming service to trim a cats claws because grooming isn't a regulated service requiring training and licensing-anyone can hang out a shingle in the US saying they are a pet groomer.

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Trimming cat claws correctly is not easy and you want to be sure whoever trim those claws knows what they are doing.

You can also learn to trim the claws yourself, ask the vet who likely will be glad to teach you.

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Any vet or groomer can trim a cat's nails, but you can easily do it yourself at home. There is also a product called soft paws which is a plastic nail cover which can be glued over the cat's nail thus preventing destruction when they use their claws.
Please do not declaw the cat! This procedure destroys nerves in their paws and is extremely painful to them. Think about it; would you like someone pulling your nails out of your fingers?

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The vet will trim them for you. However at our vets,if one of the nurses does them it is cheaper.

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I have learned to do them myself and only clip a small piece off. There are plenty of videos on the Internet showing you how to do it.

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If you start easy with your cat they get used to having their claws trimmed. I have my daughter hold my cat over her shoulder and I pick up each paw and trim them. I only trim the sharp hooked ends. Then they get treats of course. Do not declaw.

Declawing requires removing the last joint on the paw because the claws are so intergrated into the joint that they cannot be removed on their own. It is similar to removing your nail along with the finger to and including the 1st joint. The animal is literally crippled. My cats have never done any damage in the house with their claws.

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