Top 10 Feline Paw Care Tips
need healthy feet to scratch, climb and achieve their famed acrobatic landings.
That’s why it’s important to regularly examine and clean your cat’s paws and
make sure they’re wound-free.
First things first-your cat’s feet should always be kept clean. No dirt,
litter or household chemicals should soil her paws. Aside from causing pain,
unhealthy substances that stick to her feet may end up on her tongue during grooming. Once each day, give
your cat’s paws a gentle wipe with a damp cloth. Make sure to check in between
her toes and around the paw pads. And keeping your floors and other surfaces
free of debris and household chemicals will go a long way to help keep your
cat’s feet (and your furniture) clean.
2. Curiosity ... Gulp!
Cats are natural explorers who sometimes get into foreign places-it comes
with the territory for both indoor and outdoor dwellers. So check your little
wanderer’s paws regularly for any cuts, sores, splinters or swellings that may
need tending to.
3. Scritch Scratch
Felines need to scratch to shed their outer nail sheaths that reveal the
sharp, smooth claws underneath. Provide your kitty with a few different kinds
of scratching posts so that she won’t get bored and choose to use your
furniture. Encourage her to investigate the posts by scenting them with
4. Nail It
Prepare your cat for a nail-trimming by massaging his paws, so
that she gets used to the feeling of having them touched. We recommend that you
start by doing just one or two claws per session. When she seems calm and
relaxed, follow these steps:
- Apply gentle pressure to the top of the foot and cushiony pad
underneath-this will cause her to extend her claws.
- Use sharp, high-quality cat nail scissors to cut off the white tip of each
nail, just before the point where it begins to curve.
- Take care to avoid the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. This pink
area can be seen through the nail.
- If you do accidentally cut into this pink area, it may bleed, in which case
you can apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
- Make sure you praise your cat and offer her a favorite treat whenever you
handle her paws and trim nails.
5. Hairy Feet
Long-haired kitties may have hair sprouting in between
their toes. If this irritates your cat (you’ll know if she licks at the hair
obsessively), trim these lovely locks gently with a small pair of rounded
6. Happy Feet
Check your cat’s feet regularly to make sure they’re free of
wounds and infections. Remove splinters or debris gently with tweezers and
clean any small cuts. If you notice any blood, pus or an unusual odor, please
take your cat to the vet to check for infection.