How to cut your cat’s nails easily and safely

You may love nothing more than a Saturday morning mani-pedi, but cats generally aren’t fans of having their nails done. However, cutting your cat’s nails regularly from when they are kittens is important for a number of reasons.

Cats’ claws grow in layers, and they frequently need to scratch them against coarse surfaces to remove the worn outer layer. Frisky felines also naturally use their claws in play, and soft human skin tends to come off second best. Trimming cat claws means less damage to furnishings and limbs.

How to cut your cat’s nails

Most cats will need to be convinced that having their paws handled is a good thing. With treats on hand, gently massage your feline friend’s paws regularly over the course of a few days.

Once you both are relaxed and have your cat in your lap, gently press your cat’s toe pad to extend the claw. You should notice a pink part, that is called the quick, it is very sensitive, as this contains your cat’s nerves and blood vessels.

Use dedicated cat nail clippers to trim your cat’s nails, and be careful of how much of the nail you cut off. Below we explain the best way to cut different cat nail lengths and what a well-maintained nail will look like.