A question about cutting your cats claws

United States
January 9, 2007 8:42pm CST
I have two cats that need their claws clipped weekly. One has white claws, and I can see the quick. The other one has black claws, and I cannot see the quick. How do I know where to clip the black one without hurting her? I will rate every response. Thank you.
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14 responses
@Signal20 (2281)
• United States
10 Jan 07
If the cat won't hold still for you to look underneath and see the quick, then I'd just clip off the very tips. I have a black dog like that, but she's good and sits still so I can flip her paw around and watch where I'm cutting.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Yes, that is all I do. But they are still sharp. Thank you for your help.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
10 Jan 07
clipping cat toenails - our feline friends can do a real number on the furnture and us.  however with our boys they seem to do quite well without much of our input.
Not sure why you must clip the claws weekly. If that were the case then you would only need to take just the tip off. We have not clipped our beautiful feline friends claws. They seem to take care of their own nails. We have no real problems with them scratching up furniture or anything. Hope you have an easier time with your buddies.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
I clip each week, because I am not clipping far down. Only a tiny tip end. I am afraid to go to far down, as I cannot see the quick on the black claws.
• United States
23 Jan 07
Hi there again Margie...when trimming dark claws it best to only trim the tip rather than too far to avoid nicking the quick within the nail.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
Thank you. That's what I do, as I am so afraid to hurt her. But, it seems that they are still sharp.
• United States
4 Feb 07
Perhaps this instructional video by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for Feline Health on how to trim cats claws may be very helpful for you: http://www.felinevideos.vet.cornell.edu/trimming_claws/full_movie.shtml
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I use to be a groomer not any more it is a very tough job that tends to reek havic on your body. But I cut my cats claws every other week and in answer to your question if the nail is black be very careful just clipp alittle bit a time. If you cut the quick make sure you have quick stop on hand. If you dont have that you can use what men use when cut theirselves shaving.
• United States
10 Jan 07
I appreciate your help. That is why I have been clipping weekly, as I only do a tiny tip. Not really enough, but I don't want to hurt her. Boy, can she carry on about it too. Thank you for your help. I will rate you best response and a 5 rating. Have a great day.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Im just going through my best responses thankyou again
@marciascott (25554)
• United States
10 Jan 07
I don't have a cat. and I know nothing about cutting a cat's claws, your asking the wrong person. Sorry I can comment on this.
@SuperSam (173)
• Canada
10 Jan 07
If you can’t see the dermis it is safer to cut the nail just beyond the point where it starts to curve downward.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
I only do the tip, as I am so afraid to hurt her. And she screams like someone is beating her. I have never ever hurt her.
@zeloguy (4913)
• United States
27 Jan 07
When the cats claw starts to turn (instead of going straight out) that is where you want to cut. Remember too little is better than too much.
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• United States
27 Jan 07
Thank you so much for the hint.
@caramello (4381)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
I must say in all the cats I have owned over the years and it is quite a few I have never cut there claws and never really thought about doing it. A good scratching post or a piece of carpet near the litter tray seems to do the trick as I see where the claws have shed and the new ones are beginning.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
But I am so scratched up. The claws are so long they are really curling. They have scratching things, but they still are too long.
• United States
25 Jan 07
I have tried to clip Itty's claws and it is really difficult. She has been getting much better with her sharp little claws. I don't do it anymore. She uses her Turbo Scratcher quite often.
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• United States
26 Jan 07
What is the turbo scratcher? Is that a cardboard?
@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I have all mine done for me, the girl uses a drummell and grinds them down. But she said that if you snip the tip then every week snip a tiny bit more till they are where you want. She said everytime you cut them the quick shrinks back some. Then jus clip then every two weeks or month. I never tried it but I've noticed the quick does get shorter. Hope this helps. My cat was declawed by his previous owner...:(
• United States
24 Jan 07
Interesting. Never heard of that. Thanks so much for your help dear.
• United States
24 Jan 07
I cheat...I have a friend who will come by once a week and cut my kitten's claws in exchange for a brownie or other baked goods....actually, she doesn't charge me anything, but I bribe her anyway. The vet told me that if you cut too deep, dip it in flour and that will stop the bleeding.
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• United States
24 Jan 07
That is a great tip about the flour.Thank you. Can I cut your cats claws for your brownies? :) Thank you.
• Australia
10 Jan 07
I always believed, cats would look after their own claws, that was what scratching posts are all about... Other wise I would cheat first time and get the vets to do it first showing me how to do it properly... Good luck :D
@lsen06 (5000)
• India
9 Feb 07
i fear blood . so i never try it.
@apky12 (775)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I would get the claws cut at the vet. Supposedly it's really dangerous to cut your cats claws yourself or that's what I've heard.
@14missy (3185)
• Australia
5 Feb 07
Thanks for the discussion Margieanne. I don't have a cat at the moment but my bunny needs her claws clipped. My huisband did the other rabbits a few weeks ago and one bled, so I was interested to hear about the flour and to clip just where the claw turns down wards. They are still sharp though. Is there anything like a nail file for claws. (I hope that didn't sound too silly).