We trim their claws because they're inside only cats and they have a tendency to play rough with each other and us, as well as occasionally using the couch and other soft furnishings as scratching posts. Dee's claws also grow super quick, and if I let them go too long, her claws make a clicking noise whenever she walks, which can be really frustrating at three in the morning. :P
I do not recommend trimming a cat's claws if they spend time alone outside. They need their claws for defense and climbing.
This technique is best used from the time a cat is a kitten, but can also be taught later on through training involving treats and other bribes. I've also included a helpful towel trick that you might need if your cat is really not excited about claw trimming.
Step 1: Get your supplies
- a cat
- claw trimmers
- a towel or old blanket (optional)
- styptic powder (optional)
As far as claw trimmers go, I really like these cat claw clippers. I've had the same pair for years and they're great for two reasons:
- very sharp, and they cut quickly with not a ton of time spent lining them up
- really quiet, unlike larger spring loaded trimmers, so you don't have any loud noises to spook the cat.