Here at our cattery, we trim all our Bengal Cats Nails. At first, you might find this a little daunting, but don’t let your nerves get the better of you. You can do this! Clip your cat and save yourself some money at the same time.
When trimming your cat’s nails, you will ensure it remains a healthy and happy cat. The secret to successfully trimming your cat’s nails is to always be gentle but firm during the process. Confidently hold your cat, but at the same time try to use minimal restraint/force.
Unlike dogs, Bengal Cats do not like to be pinned down against their will, so hold gently but firmly. If you felt it necessary, you could also wear some protective gloves.
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How Do I Clip Nails
We would always recommend that you get the cat relaxed before you start, this may take some time just petting him and gaining his confidence. Start by de-sensitizing his feet by gently touching these frequently, getting him used to be stroked around that area.
CAT NAIL: Some cats are more sensitive to having their feet touched than others. Just work at this tactic on a regular basis, it’s very similar to wearing a cat harness slow and steady wins the race.
You can also get out some treats for them to nibble on whilst you’re warming them up for the trim. Remember, this process will get easier as time goes on.
Your cat will be letting you do this on his own accord at a later date if you start off on the right footing. We would recommend doing this phase a few times a week to get him used to this and let him see the scissors to realise they are not harmful.
Do It Frequently
If you do it a couple of times a day over a week, eventually the cat sees that nothing bad happens. You see, doing this will ensure your cat gets used to having his nails exposed and understands nothing bad happens.
When you are confident that your cat is sitting comfortably and is used to this method, it’s time to start clipping his nails.
Let the cat sit on your lap, we sometimes use two people, one to clip the nails and the other to pet them and reassure, holding them gently.
Position Is Key
If your Bengal cat doesn’t like sitting on your lap, then simply place him on a table-top at a convenient height to suit you. Put some treats down on the table to distract them. Then have another person distracting them, petting them and gently holding, if necessary.
FRONT PAWS: Bengal’s cats have four claws on each front paw, along with what’s called a ‘Draw Claw’ which is located higher up on the inside of the paw.
You will find that the cat’s back paws have four claws, but do not have any Draw Clays attached. Some cats can have an extra toe, this is called polydactyl, just be mindful to check for this possibility.
Like Your Nails
Just like your nails, a Bengal cat’s nail is made of keratin. This is a hard protein. You will find that a vein called ‘The Quick’ will run down the centre of each nail, irrespective of which paw.
This vein is filled with nerve endings, so you do not want to cut into it. Cutting the quick hurts and causes the nail to bleed, sometimes a lot. Just like it would a human if you cut too deep, not nice at all!
The Quick Vein
Most Bengal cats have clear nails, so it’s easy to see ‘The Quick’ vein inside. This will show up as a pinkish line running down the nail to the tip. This will stop before the very end of the tip. At the very end, you will see that it is a more white solid nail (less transparent). This is where you want to trim it to avoid hurting the cat.
When trimming your cat’s nails don’t trim right up to ‘The Quick’ vein, make sure you leave a space in case your cat moves, or you misjudge. You want to clip just the tip of the nail, If you have any doubts, simply clip less in this case less is best!
If you accidentally cut into the quick when trimming your cat’s nails, he most probably will howl in pain and the nail will start bleeding, but it is a minor injury. Do not worry too much and move on, the experience will prevail, and you’ll be clipping confidently in no time at all! Get yourself a cat grooming bag too to put all your tools in.
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Here at Trinity Lodge Bengal’s, we clip our cat’cats nails every 10 to 14 days. Remember there are no set rights or wrongs, as long as you get the basics right you will adapt your own technique which works best for you. Take a look at the PDSA website for me information on clipping your cat’s claws.
We hope you found this article helpful. If you are interested in purchasing a Bengal Kitten from us, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
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