Trimming your cat’s claws may be necessary, but it is not an easy task for all cats or for all cat owners. It may look easy since there are some cats that do not mind claw trimming, but it can be a huge problem if you have an aggressive cat.
There are many reasons why trimming is needed, for instance, protecting your furniture from damage and preventing deep scratches. However, you should keep in mind that when marking their territory, cats will always scratch a specific location. So, even if you train her to use the scratching post, your beloved cat might still prefer your furniture. Prepare yourself to accept it and trim her nails every couple of weeks.
You may have to restrain you cat to clip its nails but that should only be used as last option.
Here are 8 tips to follow for trimming the claws of an aggressive cat:
How to trim the claws of and aggressive cat
1. Learn the Basics
Trimming a cat’s claws should be as painless as cutting your own nails. If your cat is acting aggressively while you are trimming her claws it might be because you are inadvertently hurting her.
Make sure you do not cut too close to the pink or red tinge at the base of the claw. It is going to bleed a little if you accidentally cut the quick which contains the blood vessels and the nerves. Your cat will be probably in pain for a while.
2. Have the Cat Familiarize to the Sound of the Clipper
Cats may freak out when they hear the sounds of the clipper or even when they see it. You might want get her used to its sound before attempting to trim the nails.
This other tip may come handy also. Try putting the clippers in your cat’s bed so he’ll become more used to them. You can also stroke him with the clippers to remove any fears from it. You may try giving him some treats at the same time so you don’t want to scare him while doing this.
3. Trim While the Cat is Sleeping
This is one of the easiest ways and probably works best for me. Get her when she is relaxed and even sleepy. Place her in your lap and wait until she is comfortable. Then take the paw, gently massage it until claw appears, and clip them one at a time. This works best if she’s in a deep sleep.
If things go well, by the time the cat is fully awake, I’m half done with the claws. I just stop and continue later when she is asleep again.
4. Wrap the Cat in a Towel
You might try to wrap your cat in a blanket if she is an aggressive one. But coming from experience, wrapping the cat may only make her more agitated and less likely to obey.
5. Trim When the Cat is Curious
A new environment, places she is not allowed to or things she is not used to, are the best distraction for your cat. It may be in the garage or outside on the porch. Fresh air tends to help distract cats too if they are not used to it.
For example, a cat may become so curious inside a vet’s office which can make it easier for the vet to cut her nails very easily.
While doing it at home, I put her on our bathroom counter and she gets distracted by the new things she saw that she doesn’t care that I am trimming hew claws.
6. Use Calming Pheromones
The natural chemical that cats use to communicate with each other are called Pheromones. They are spreading it whenever they rub up against a couch, the carpet or some other piece of furniture.
This method might not work for everyone if not done correctly. In my case, whenever my cat see that I am spraying an area, she will do anything to avoid that space, probably from the smell of the spray.
7. Play with your Cat’s Paws Regularly
Play with your cat’s paws regularly and you can do this while she is awake or sleeping. This will allow her to be accustomed and it will be normal for her later on. Then when it is time for nail clipping session, she would not think that you are actually clipping her nails but instead she will think that it is just another paw playing time.
You can start pushing the pads of her paws to push her nails out once she is used to. This make her more comfortable and at the same time it is an enjoyable experience for her.
8. Obey the DONT’s
These are few tips that you should not do while trimming your cat’s nails:
- If your cat is moody, upset, or overexcited, DO NOT start clipping the nails. Instead wait for her to calm down for a better opportunity.
- DO NOT force your cat. If she suddenly scratches you, DO NOT punish the cat.
- DO NOT declaw. This painful experience will lead to behavior problems since it will leave your cat injured for life.
By following one or several of these tips above, you will surely find yourself and your cat in a much happier, hassle-free mood when claw trimming time comes around.