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At what age can you start clipping kittens nails and getting them use to it? My guys turned 5 weeks old today and they always get me with thoses sharp claws. Is it ok to start now?

Thanks!
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Originally Posted by Sydney
At what age can you start clipping kittens nails and getting them use to it? My guys turned 5 weeks old today and they always get me with thoses sharp claws. Is it ok to start now?

Thanks!
hey Sydney....yup....I started trimming nails very early. Just be careful to only take the tips off.

Katie
post #3 of 9
Yes, now is the time - do it as a routine and handle the paws without clipping on the days you don't clip. I find that you need to check kittens nails once or twice a week and clip as necessary.

BTW I started clipping my kits at 3 weeks of age!

At this age and until they get a lot bigger its much easier to use an ordinary fingernail clipper rather then the bigger cat nail clippers that are too big for young kittens.
post #4 of 9
wow that early.. I might give it a try now
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My darlings just turned 2 weeks old and their little claws are like little knives, is there a specific way to cut their nails? do I use a scissors or do you get special nail clippers for kitties?

Ive had a million cats growing up, but never even considered all the things that need to be done to take proper care of them, they were always just there for cuddles and a lot of love. Im sry if my questions are a bit dumb, there is so much to learn about these little darlings....
post #6 of 9
You can use a human nail clipper while they are kittens. They do make nail clippers for cats and dogs though.

And for the length to cut off, just the tip, never, EVER go past the pink that you see about half way up the nail, it hurts them and bleeds if you go that far. I will try to see if I can find a artilce on it, I suck at explaining things, LOL!
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post #8 of 9
I use clippers like these:

http://tinyurl.com/jqfke

for my two kitties, but the youngest is 3 months.

If their nails are white/clear (not black), you should be able to see the blood vessel in their nail. The end of this is called the "quick," and you don't want to clip the nails to the quick or they will bleed (just like humans).

Good luck!
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[quote=KatKisses][b]Ok I found a few helpful articles with very good pictures!!!

http://www.cat-world.com.au/catclaws.htm

This site was very informative thank you... I htink im too scared to do this myself, I cant even hold my cockatiel while his wings are being clipped im too scared they might get hurt....
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