Thoughts for Thursday – The Cat’s Claw

I think we all love the cat’s paw. They’re cute the way they flex and touch. Those little toes are adorable and the “beans” so cute. I like the brown beans on a white paw. It happens. My snow-shoe/Himalayan-type cat, Max had brown beans on white paws. Adorable.

Then there are the claws. Most of us don’t take as kindly to the claws—they scratch us during play and sometimes accidentally. Ouch! They tear up our furniture, and create runs in our clothes. But cats come with claws and they should be allowed to keep them—no claw removal folks. That’s not fair and often it’s seriously painful for the cat, not to mention just downright selfish. Some dog breeds drool, some are high energy and destructive. Cats claw.

What I’d like to talk about today is care of the claws. The cat takes some care of her claws—you might see her chewing on them sometimes. I imagine she does that to help with a shed. Yes, cats naturally shed the outer layer of their claws from time to time. You probably find claw sheddings around your house. That doesn’t mean the cat has lost a claw—it’s just a shedding process.

Trim your cat’s claws. Have your veterinarian or groomer show you how. There are also tutorials on the internet teaching how to trim a cat’s claws. The hard part is having your cat agree to a claw trimming. I’ve tried different methods with different cats. One cat could be held, but loosely—no holding her down. I would hold her while he would trim the claws—worked beautifully for that cat. But one of our sweetest cats was the most difficult at claw-trimming time. So we always had the veterinarian do it. With other cats, all I had to do was wait until they were asleep or very relaxed in my lap.

Be gentle and the relaxed cat will most likely allow this slight invasion.

I keep the claw trimmers at my desk because Olivia loves to curl up in my lap while I’m writing. She’s limp and relaxed and a prime subject for claw trimming. I usually do one paw at a sitting.

Why is it important to trim a cat’s claws? The damage to your furniture and your skin is minimized and this is a good opportunity to check the health of the claws.

Here’s an excellent article on the health of a cat’s claws. If you have questions or concerns about your cat’s claws, take a look at this informative piece.

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