How Do I Trim My Cat’s Nails?

A photo of cat claws.

Those little murder mittens make for aww-inspiring Instagram posts, but they can quickly turn an innocent biscuit-making sesh into grimace-inducing torture. You power through putting your cat in a carrier for her wellness visits, but doing that every few weeks for nail trims sounds like a no-go. Can you trim your cat’s nails at home? With patience and a solid strategy, the answer is yes!

Our team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates understands that cats don’t always make the best travel companions, so we’ve compiled our tips on how to trim cat nails at home.

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Tips for Trimming Your Pet’s Nails

A cat frowns while having its nails trimmed.

If your pet’s toenails are click, click, clicking their way across the floor it means it’s time for a “peticure.” A cat’s nails typically need trimming every two to three weeks, while a dog’s nails need clipped every two to six weeks depending upon the breed and lifestyle. 

Taking your pet to a professional groomer is one option, but frequent pet spa appointments aren’t always practical, particularly for cat parents! Here are tips from our team to help make at-home nail trims as stress-free as possible.

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Should You Shave Your Cat?

A black and white cat being shaved by a veterinarian

Your cat’s coat is her crowning glory, and you love nothing more than sinking your fingers into all that floof. But you might occasionally wonder, Won’t all that fur make her hot this summer? Or, what if she gets herself into a “sticky” situation? Should I shave my cat’s fur?

In a word: no. Shaving a cat is rarely necessary, and it should be handled only by a professional. Shaved cats may feel vulnerable, and the experience of being shaved can be traumatizing. Plus, their fur plays an important role in regulating body temperature, so shaved cats are susceptible to either being too hot or too cold.

However, there are a few circumstances where shaving (or spot shaving) may be helpful or necessary for your cat’s health. Read on for insights from our team at Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates

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