If you’re wondering where to cut cat claws you aren’t the only one! It’s a big job. Cat’s nails are very sturdy and will puncture anything they get their claws into. They are also very quick creatures, constantly changing and growing, so they can get into all sorts of places. Just walking down the hallway or into the kitchen could mean your cat has made aasty meal and it’s time to take it out.
If you think you can do it yourself, then you may want to reconsider. Cutting off a cat’s nails can be extremely painful for your cat and even dangerous as it can break your cat’s bones if you don’t know what you’re doing. For the health and well being of your cat it’s best to let a professional handle this job.
So where to cut cat claws where? Well, most professionals will tell you to cut along the grain of the claw, as it’s easier on the cat’s nail and heals more quickly. There are also pet superstores, where you can buy pre-fabricated claws at a fair price. These aren’t the best choice for the amateur or do-it-yourselfer, as they won’t last as long and are not very durable.
Where to cut cat claws
One of the first steps in preparing the claw to be cut is to shave it back as much as possible, this will remove much of the sharpened edge and make the job go smoother. The next step involves gently pulling the claw back until the long white claw starts to come free. This will happen even if you have accidentally injured your cat during an attempt to remove it. Once the claw has come free, you can insert a small blade down its back side to cut it down even more. Again, gentle pulling will help with this.
After all the sharpening is done, you can start re-sculpting the clay by hand, first gluing a small strip of styrene sheeting down the back side of the claw, then sliding the blade down the length of the styrene sheet to cut it. You can use pliers to hold the claws steady while you do this. Once the second piece of the claw has been glued down, you can start smoothing it out with a file. Always go back over any pieces that are not smooth before moving on to the next one. Once you’ve finished smoothing it out, re-insert the blade into the cat’s claws and look for any remaining nicks or scratches.
Now that you’ve got a nice smooth surface to work with, cut along the entire back edge of the scratch using a straight blade. Make sure the teeth are all even as you go along. When finished with the first cut, soak your hand in warm water and get some rubbing alcohol on it. This will loosen up any trapped dirt and give you a better surface to work with. The area that you’ve just cut should be rinsed with cold water before applying the styrene sheet to protect it from getting scratched when you apply the finishing coat.
Now that the cat claws are smooth and shiny you can cut them again where you left off to finish the edges. Make sure you keep the blades at an angle as you cut. This keeps the end result a little bit cleaner looking. The third step involves peeling the protective coating from the outside edges. Once you have pealed the protective coat off, simply cut the nail through it and into the wood. This allows the natural beauty of the claw to show through.
You may choose to add a decorative trim to the top of the claw to make it look more like a cat’s claw. If you want to add a decorative trim, simply file away a little bit of the scratch after it is completely removed. Once you finish this step, you’re done with the process. You can now enjoy the beautiful scratch you’ve cut into the cat’s nails.