Trimming Indoor/Outdoor Cat's Nails?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So far my cats are just indoors, but we might start letting them out when theyre a bit older. We actually put these things called softpaws on them, they’re little plastic caps that cover the claw. Its so nice that our kitties can play with our feet at night without hurting us!

Post # 5
1112 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@wandering_gypsy:  Haha cats are crazy! It only took our dog about 3 days to get over the family bringing three new cats into the house! Our darling kitties do scratch furniture, so we very much like to keep them from doing that!

Post # 6
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have a solitary indoor cat, she has claws like scalpels but we don’t trim them. It isn’t usually a problem unless we play with her where she likes to kick.

Post # 7
6969 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My mom never trims her indoor/outdoor cat’s claws and they are like razors, lol. They do wander a fair bit though. If the cat is only staying in the yard I would go ahead and trim them a bit if you want.

Post # 8
903 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

We trim our cats’ claws all the time.  We just use a pair of ordinary human nail clippers, but you can get ones for pets that look like miniature cigar loppers.  They’re pretty good sports about it; as soon as we’re done they go over to their scratching post and whale on the thing for a couple of minutes.

Post # 10
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I trim our two (indoor) cats regularly, mostly because they play fight with each other and us, and sometimes they get over-excited and the nails come out and someone gets scratched! They don’t mind it though, but I usually swoop in when they are sleeping and they hardly notice!

Post # 11
8850 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@wandering_gypsy:  I would definitely trim them. Why not? They’ll still be able to climb and on the off chance that they have to defend themselves against a dog or whatever, they will still have plenty of nail left. I trim my cats’ nails and they still climb their cat tower, leap around on the couches, etc. I hate it when they’re super sharp, ouch.

On a side note, do they stay in your yard or roam the neighborhood? I kind of want my cats to be allowed outside next spring, but we live on a pretty busy street. The fenced backyard would be perfect for them but I really don’t want them climbing out…

Post # 12
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We trim out Tabby’s claws, she loves being groomed so she doesn’t even flinch or move when we do it. We keep them trimmed because our daughters love playing with her and our Tabby treats them like a fellow cat so they get what we call *love scratches*,  they play fight with her so she plays fights back as its a normal thing for cats. She also loves to claw at leather and we have leather couches and a leather dining room set.

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