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Caring for a Cat’s Claws

July 16th, 2009 · No Comments · Cat Grooming, Cat Health

Cat Claws

Cats are well renowned as self sufficient animals, but often when cats start to become older, it’s common for a senior cat to need a little help. When cats get older, sometimes they’ll stop grooming themselves on a regular basis. When this happens, it might be necessary to give the cat a bath, which is quite possibly the least enjoyable experience an owner will ever encounter. Most cats hate the water, though some breeds don’t mind it quite as much. Bathing a cat can be an essential part of senior cat care, so it’s important to prepare for it. It’s best to wear thick rubber gloves, and to get the bathing done as quick as possible. Cats have a sixth sense, so it’s best to turn on the water, and then leave the bathroom. Never call them into the bathroom where the water is, always carry them in from another location. It is important to have the gloves on in advance however, and some cats might be clever enough to know the gloves mean bath time, so try to be careful and sneak up on them.

It might also be necessary to trim a cat’s claws now and then, though this is less common as most cats continue to sharpen their claws on a regular basis. If nail trimming is needed, make sure to be aware of the differences between cat nails and human nails, and how best to cut them.

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