She could not grab as usual – everything would slip from her paws. Jumping and balancing would be dangerous, as she would sometimes lack the support. Loot would easily escape and would be defenseless if attacked by enemies: neither dreaded blows nor safe retreat to tall trees.
Since the claws perform so many important tasks, you should occasionally take a look at what condition they are in.
A kitty, which has many ways to wear the claws, does not need constant care; even stub tigers usually remove the dead claws’ clutches all by themselves. They just use their teeth for that.
But older cats, those who are not so mobile anymore, or kitties that are prone to overlong claws, need your help.
- There you should take care of the cat claws.
Do you know how that works?
Maybe not – so today we’ll take care of the claws!
How many claws does a cat have?
Have you ever counted them before, when she had extended your kitty?
As a toe walker, your cat has five toes in front – one without ground contact – four behind. But there are exceptions to the rule: some cats – for example, some Maine Coon cats – are “vielzehig” – so have even more toes.
Does every toe have a claw?
Yes! – The bony base of a claw is the phalanx, which is also called the “claw bone”. However, the fifth toe on the front paw is not noticeable because it is a bit higher.
How do you know when it’s time to cut the claws?
Are the claws completely retracted while walking or resting and not visible, they are not too long and do not disturb the movement; but if they are constantly visible, they can not be completely retracted – even in the resting phase – then there is time to shorten!
Too long claws hinder the cat:
- The cat is disturbed and restricted in its normal course of the movement.
- The cat stays more often or constantly hanging (carpets, blankets, etc.).
- You hear when your catwalks over a harder ground and “tackles” it.
Cats cut “nails” – what do I need?
course, the cat!
Then a special claw scissors, a “cat-holder” and best a “cat-holder” that helps. Never cut the claws with nail clippers, nail scissors or kitchen scissors! This is not for cat claws!
For the “cat nail care” there are special claw scissors in the well-stocked specialist trade, which are specifically shaped and make the claw care for humans and animals as comfortable as possible. These claw cutters cut the cat claws precisely and neatly, without breaking them off or shattering them.
Be sure to cut only the outermost tip of the claw. For this, you press on the paws easily lightly, so that the claws are properly extended.
You should let the veterinarian show you how it works before you even put your hand on it for the first time. Incidentally, here you can find everything you need to know about claw care; There is also a video that shows you the claw-cutting vividly.
If your kitty is often out in the open air as a freewheeler, you should check the paw’s bales every now and then to see if the velvet paw has captured or injured any foreign bodies.
Especially in the cold season, the cat paws can be contaminated with road salt: Cats use their way – but not necessarily busy roads. But if she still has to crossroads, gently clean the returnee’s paws with lukewarm water. At the same time, check if there are any cracks in the paws due to salt or split.