CLIPPING YOUR CAT’S NAILS: Why is it important to trim your cat’s nails regularly, overgrown nails, become curved and don’t retract completely. You might notice if it has grown to long if he (she) get stuck in carpets or other soft surfaces or if your cat can no longer retract his or her nails.

Severely overgrown and curved nails can grow into the foot pad, causing significant pain and mobility problems. Therefore, it is very important to keep your cat’s nails short. Cat should have their nails trimmed every 2 weeks so that they do not get to this point.

Unfortunately, trimming cat nails can be challenging, because most cat do not like nail trims. Here are some helpful tips.

-Organize your supplies: nail clipper of your choice, styptic powder (if your cat bleed)

– Find a quiet and comfortable place.

– Hold your cat on your lap, get him (her) to relax (sometime it’s a good time after their meal).

– Get your cat use to being touch on their legs and paws by massaging them, pressing gently on each foot pad.

– Get your cat used to the sound of the nail clippers.

When your cat is calm, then you can start clipping his (her) nails. Put the clipper perpendicular to the nail, you are cutting from top to bottom, cutting side to side may split the nail. Cutting the Quick will be painful and cause bleeding, if you accidentally cut the quick apply a small amount of styptic powder to quickly stop the bleeding.

There are several types of clippers available, scissor-type clippers such as guillotine clipper, which is really not a favorite of mine, because personally I think that the guillotine clipper tens to move when you try to cut the nail, but the choice is up to you.

CLIPPING YOUR DOG’S NAILS: If you’ve never used dog nail clippers before, they can seem a bit intimidating, so just imagine how your dog feels! Always test the clippers first to ensure the blades are in proper working order. Regardless of the clipper style, use a firm grip on the clippers and use your fingers to separate the dog’s toes and make the whole process easier.

How to make clipping your dog’s nails easier is to get him used to the nail clippers before actually clipping anything. Do this by holding the clippers near his feet and nails. Praise and treat the dog.
Keep doing this about 10-15 times before you stop. On another day, do the same process except this time squeeze the clippers so they make a sound. Continue praising and treating for about 15 times before ending the session. Now, when it’s time to clip the dog’s nails, they will be used to the clipper and the sound it makes.

Before you even try clipping their nails, it would be a good idea to have a veterinarian or dog groomer show you how to trim nails first. Then, once you have an idea of what not to do you will be more successful in getting the job done. Keep in mind if you have a nervous puppy that you don’t have to trim all their nails at once, you can do them a few at a time if needed.

Not all dogs need their nails trimmed, either. Many will naturally wear the nails down, or the dried ends of the nails will simply flake away without you even knowing.

But some breeds, notoriously Bassets and Dachshunds, may need our help in keeping the toe nails reasonably short. Depending on the breed and size of your dog, you’ll need to clip its
nails anywhere from once per week to once per month.

On occasion, you may cut a nail too short. If this does occur, have some clotting powder or solution to stop the bleeding. It’s a lifesaver!

Trim Your Dog’s Nails



  • Dog Nail Clippers
    – there are several styles of dog nail clippers on the market including a guillotine-style nail clipper, pliers-style nail clipper (better for larger breeds), and a scissors-type nail clipper.
  • Dog Treats
    – having some treats on hand to reward your dog after each nail is a good idea to make the experience more positive, for your dog and for you.
  • Styptic Powder or Other Clotting Powder – just in case you cut too short and there’s bleeding. Miracle Care quick  Stop styptic powder is one that stops bleeding fast and offers benzocaine. Baking soda, baking flour and cornstarch also work if you’re in a bind.


Love Kikie xx

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