Fluffy’s Nail Care Routine

Do you ever hear a ‘tell-tail’ scratching sound coming from the side of your couch, and then look and find your feline friend innocently peeking up at you? Kitties are definitely very cute and lovable, but they aren’t perfect. Fluffy’s nail care routine, in particular, doesn’t always go over very well with her human buddies. Read on as a local Wake Forest, NC vet discusses Fluffy’s nail care regimen, and how to improve it.

Why Cats Scratch

Your furry pal isn’t deliberately trying to ruin your couch. Cats have a strong instinctive need to take care of their claws. Those little nails are crucial to kitties’ survival in the wild: kitties rely on their claws for hunting, defense, and climbing trees to reach safety.

Discouraging Bad Habits

Never punish your cat for scratching. Kitties don’t think like we do, so they don’t understand punishment. You’re also fighting an uphill battle by trying to get your pet stop doing something that comes naturally. Your kitty may end up feeling anxious, scared, or angry. Instead, you’ll need to circumvent Fluffy’s attempts to use your sofa as a manicure station. Try putting two-sided tape down in the areas she scratches, or position plants or furniture so that they block her access.

Encourage Good Petiquette

If you don’t want your cat scratching your belongings, you’ll need to offer her some alternatives. Make sure your pet has a kitty tower, or a good scratching post or board. Pick something that is sturdy, so it doesn’t topple over on your furry friend. It’s also helpful to get something tall enough so that it allows your cat to stretch out to her full length. All those naps make Fluffy’s muscles sore! To sweeten the deal, give your cat toys and catnip near her new nail-care station, and praise her for using it. We’re not sure how much exactly how much language kitties understand, but we do know they like being complimented!

If All Else Fails…

If your feline pal is still scratching improperly, consider clipping her claws. Just like a human manicure, Fluffy’s nail trims are painless and temporary. Or, ask your vet for advice on using claw caps, which are basically fake nails for kitties.

Does your kitty need a nail trim? We can help! Contact us, your Wake Forest, NC animal hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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