Trimmed nails are a clear indication of good health and hygiene. They are an essential aspect of kitten and cat care. Trimmed nails will also help keep your furniture and other surfaces of the house free from scratches.
The process of nail clipping can be a stressful experience for many cats. That’s why it is essential to start early. Begin by touching your kitten’s feet and trimming their nails when they are very young. This will help them familiarise themselves with the process. Some pets may be comfortable with sitting on your lap or a table when getting their nails clipped, whereas others may require restraining.
For cats, provide plenty of scratching surfaces for them to naturally trim their nails. If clipping is required, use clippers with a guard to prevent trimming the nail too short. Always trim only the sharp tips, and then use a nail filer to smooth out the edges.
In case you accidentally trim the nail too deep and it bleeds, apply pressure on the area for a few minutes to stop the bleeding. Speak to your veterinarian for further treatment.
Clean your kitten’s ears about once a month, or more frequently if they are prone to ear issues. Always use a vet-approved ear cleaning solution to clean the ears.
- Pour about 5-10 drops of the ear cleaning solution into the ear canal.
- Massage the base of your kitten’s ear for about 30 seconds until you hear a squelching sound.
- Use a large wad of cotton, wrap it around your finger and wipe away the extra cleaning solution from the outer aspect of the ear. This will remove any wax or discharge from the ear canal.
- Offer a treat to your kitten after this process.
Always remember, do not put your finger deep into the ear canal. If concerned or unsure, it is always best to speak to your veterinarian for guidance.