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post #1 of 11
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Is there a certain age when it's "OK" to start cliping a kittens nails? Mine are 5 weeks and they keep getting stuck on the carpet, cat tree, my bathrobe... My room mate says they are way too young but I'm afraid they will hurt themselves if I don't.
post #2 of 11
You can start now, I know some who do it early as 3 weeks.
post #3 of 11
I agree with the above post, better sooner than later so your kitties get used to it now. Once they get older, it'll be harder for them to get used to it
post #4 of 11
Sure, just snip the tips off for now. You could probably use baby nail clippers.

It's definitely good to get them used to being handled, and having their paws handled, from an early age.

Do you need tips on how to extend he claws and snip?
post #5 of 11
Hi,

why don't you simply remove the things they get cought up into?

Grown up cats don't really need their claws clipped so there isn't really a need to train them at a young age- once they're a bit older you won't have this problem anymore.

regards,

Christine
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by otto View Post
Sure, just snip the tips off for now. You could probably use baby nail clippers.

It's definitely good to get them used to being handled, and having their paws handled, from an early age.

Do you need tips on how to extend he claws and snip?
Thanks. I'm pretty good with the whole nail clipping thing actually. Did it for my sweet Shady 15 yrs before he passed, just didn't know when to start for babies.

post #7 of 11
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Thanks. I'm pretty good with the whole nail clipping thing actually. Did it for my sweet Shady 15 yrs before he passed, just didn't know when to start for babies.

I thought it sounded like you did, why I asked instead of jumping in with directions.

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Originally Posted by cjh27 View Post
Hi,

why don't you simply remove the things they get cought up into?

Grown up cats don't really need their claws clipped so there isn't really a need to train them at a young age- once they're a bit older you won't have this problem anymore.

regards,

Christine
This is not true, actually. An adult cat's nails can grow very long and cause quite a lot of problems for the cat. Nails that are too long can interfere with walking, or grow right around into the pad. Or, like kittens, the claws get caught in upholstery, blankets and carpet.

I clip my adult cats' nails every six weeks or so.

In addition, as I said before, it's good for kittens to be socialized and get used to being handled by humans at an early age. It can save a lot of trouble later, if the cat should need medicating or other treatments.
post #8 of 11
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This is not true, actually. An adult cat's nails can grow very long and cause quite a lot of problems for the cat. Nails that are too long can interfere with walking, or grow right around into the pad.
Amen to that!
post #9 of 11
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In addition, as I said before, it's good for kittens to be socialized and get used to being handled by humans at an early age. It can save a lot of trouble later, if the cat should need medicating or other treatments.
I'm thinking that I will start brushing the babies teeth too for that same reason. My Buster is 14 and he has had tooth troubles for years despite getting annual cleanings. (many removed) Hopefully by brushing, those babies will keep their chompers longer!

post #10 of 11
I agree with you guys...I started trimming Maia's nails when she was a tiny tot getting caught on everything while trying to be the cool speed demon! It was working out for her so she needed some help, little did I know that she simply isn't the most graceful kitty, period! The younger the better, just the very tips, but extending their nails daily and getting them use to handling their paws is a big plus for the future! Any brushing is best at a young age as well, teeth, body.......
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by cjh27 View Post
Hi,

why don't you simply remove the things they get cought up into?

Grown up cats don't really need their claws clipped so there isn't really a need to train them at a young age- once they're a bit older you won't have this problem anymore.

regards,

Christine
I'm a groomer and I've had cats come in with their nails grown right around into the pad. Unless you happen to have a cat that is a nail biter (one of mine is) they really do need their nails trimmed on a regular basis.
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