Pet Care Book Author Offers Tips for Tabby Toenail Trimming

Press Release: Tabby Toenail Trimming


Tips for Trimming Terrible Tabby Toenails Without Trauma

Author Provides Tips Based on “Happy Tabby: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Cat or Kitten”

SANDPOINT, Idaho — Trimming your cat’s claws doesn’t have to be an exercise in frustration according to Susan Daffron of Logical Expressions, Inc. In fact, contrary to popular belief, it really isn’t difficult to trim those terrible tabby toenails without trauma. Daffron offers a few simple tips for safe trimming based on her book “Happy Tabby: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Cat or Kitten” (ISBN: 978-0-9749245-3-3; LCCN-2007906436).

1. Get clippers designed for trimming cat claws, instead of trying to use human fingernail clippers. The most common type of kitty toenail trimmers look like small short scissors.

2. Some cats don’t worry about having their claws trimmed. In this case, hold the cat in your lap. Grasp a paw, and with your thumb, press gently on the middle of the paw to extend the claws. With the other hand, quickly and carefully trim each nail. Don’t forget the “thumbs.”

3. If the cat is uncooperative, find a friend to hold the cat. Sometimes it can help to wrap the cat in a towel. Most cats can be restrained if you grasp the scruff of the cat’s neck. If the cat is extremely resistant, “cat bags” are available. These zip closed to confine the cat’s body so just the head is sticking out. In this case, unzip part of the bag to access a single paw at a time.

4. Be sure to clip off only the end of the nail. Cats have nerve endings and blood vessels inside their nails called a quick. If your cat has light colored nails, the quick looks like a dark line. Avoid accidently clipping the quick. Doing so can hurt the cat and the quick will bleed. If this happens, calmly apply pressure to the tip of the nail or dab on some styptic powder.

Daffron also is the founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals ( and points out that many cats are brought into animal shelters because they have clawed furniture. She says, “Clawing is a natural feline behavior, but cats with short nails can’t do much damage. Regular nail trimming is a simple way to keep both you and your cat happy.”

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Logical Expressions, Inc. is a software and publishing company based Sandpoint, Idaho. The company offers affordable books, software, tools, and services that help businesses with print and online publishing projects.

Susan Daffron, President
Logical Expressions, Inc.
311 Fox Glen Road
Sandpoint, ID 83864

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