If you’re a cat owner, you understand the trials and tribulations of trying to cut your cat’s nails. It is no easy feat. Often times, many owners go to a local groomer or the vet to get the cat’s nails cut since it can be so difficult to do at home. Wouldn’t it be great to save money spent on your cat’s nails, and be able to do them yourself? Here are some tips and tricks on getting the job done!


At a time when your cat is calm, go up behind them with a towel or blanket and pick your cat up as you wrap it around them. The towel/blanket is for your protection so that it is easier to hold the cat, and you aren’t being scratched by their claws.


Have a seat on a couch/chair, and rest your cat on your legs facing away from you. Make sure to keep a good hold, but not too tight so that you aren’t hurting them. To make things easier, have your nail trimmer ready to go by putting it next to where you plan on sitting.

Types of nail trimmers (these can be found at any pet store):

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Grab your nail trimmer, and take out one of the front paws. Use your thumb and index finger to gently press the paw pad just behind the nail, extending the claw. Snip off just the sharp tip, nothing more. Move onto the next nail in the same fashion. Don’t forget to do the “thumb” nail. Once that paw is done, you can move over to the other front paw.

Make sure you DO NOT cut down to where the quick is. The quick is the pink part on the inside of the cat’s nails where the blood vessels and nerves live. If you cut that sensitive area, it is very painful for the cat and will continue to bleed. If you do accidentally cut the quick, you can stop the bleeding with a styptic stick or powder.

Some cats have darker nails, and it may be more difficult to see the quick. To err on the side of caution, it is best to cut less of the nail.

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  • It’s common to only cut the front paws, but also check the rear paws to make sure there aren’t any sharp tips. Cats can be more fussy with cutting of their back claws, so be sure to do the front claws first. 
  • You may not be able to cut all 10 nails at once, it depends on the temperament of your cat. If you can only do a few at a time, no problem. You can come back to finish the remaining nails at another time when your cat is again relaxed and calm. Do not rush through the process as you don’t want to accidentally cut the quick.
  • Do not raise your voice to your cat or punish them if they are not cooperating
  • Once you are finished with the nail trim session (whether it’s all the nails or just a few) give your cat a treat to reward them

If you have any other tips for cutting a cats nails, feel free to share them in the comments section!


Featured Image Photo Credit: VetStreet
Nail Trimmers Photo Credit: Corvallis Cat Care
Nail Quick Photo Credit: Declawing.com