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Grooming Your Pet



  • Most cats do not like to be restrained so it is best to accustom them to being handled while they are still kittens. But if you have adopted an adult cat don’t despair!
  • Try the “less is best” approach first when it comes to restraint. Try clipping your cat’s nails while he is napping or snuggling on your lap. Be sure to pet him and reassure him after each nail.
  • Give treats for positive reinforcement
  • If possible, have a friend or family member hold and pet your cat while you are trimming his nails.
  • If necessary, wrap you kitty in a towel to prevent him from scratching you during nail trimming.
  • Cats that are unruly or that try to bite should be taken to a groomer or veterinarian for nail trimming in order to prevent injury to both you and the cat.


  • Use an appropriate pet nail trimmer. These are available at any pet supply store and come in a variety of styles and sizes for both dogs and cats. If you are unsure which one to use, ask your veterinarian or groomer for a recommendation.
  • Hold the paw in your hand and locate the pinkish part of the nail. This is a blood vessel, often called the “quick,”  and should be avoided. The nail should be clipped slightly above this area.
  • If you cannot see the pinkish part, just clip the very tip of the nail.
  • Always have a clotting agent on hand in case you accidently cut below the quick and cause bleeding. This is usually in the form of a powder is available at any pet supply store.
  • Most pets should have their nails trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks. Some dogs that are frequently walked on paved areas will continuously wear down their nails and may need less frequent trimming.
  • If you are unsure about the process, consult your veterinarian or groomer.


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