Pets – Make nail trims feline-friendly
Want to avoid a tussle when it comes to trimming the claws on your cat? Don’t trim them until you can massage your cat’s paws gently during lap time. As you massage a paw with one hand, offer an irresistible treat in the other. Make the procedure as pleasant as possible — for both of you.
Timing and size matters when you start nail trims. A relaxed cat is more likely to be a cooperative one. Go for quality, not quantity. Trim only one nail each day and take off only the tip.
If you cut down to the quick — the living tissue closest to the paw — it will hurt. And if you cause your pet pain, you won’t get much cooperation in the future.
So be careful, and be positive. If done carefully, your cat may not hold out his paw for a nail trim, but he won’t mind much if the whole experience is a pleasant one.
— Susan and Dr. Rolan Tripp, AnimalBehavior.net