Cut your Cats Claws without Catastrophe

Many people find trimming their cats nails to be a horrible experience where you and the cat are traumatized. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some tricks to help you trim those claws with as little difficulty as possible.

To trim their nail:

  • squeeze the pad of their paw to reveal the nail.
  • Then clip the nail using rounded clippers (you can buy these at a pet supply store)
  • Clip the nail back to just before the quick – you don’t want to cut the quick because that will hurt and cause the claw to bleed. If you do cut the quick you can use products like quickstop to quickly stop the bleeding. If you don’t have quickstop you can use flour or starch.

Tips for easy trimming:

  1. Keep your trimmers close by so you can trim her nails when the opportunity presents itself.
  2. Trim your cats claws when they are sleepy. They will be more relaxed and more compliant. This means they will be less likely to jerk their feet away.
  3. Take your time. If you can only get a couple of claws done, that is fine. Come back and do more later.
  4. Be positive. If you are not stressed out, your cat is less likely to be stressed out.
  5. Keep petting her and giving her positive reinforcement. If the experience is good for her, it is less likely to be a problem in the future.
  6. End on a positive note.

Animals retain memory of previous experience. If you take your time and keep the experience more positive they will be more likely to have a positive experience next time. If you end on a bad note, then it will likely be harder the next time. If your cat gives you a really hard time, try only doing one claw at a time. That way they don’t have time to get too upset. This will set it up to be easier in the future.

If your claw trimming ends up being difficult, don’t fret. Just try again next time. As you get more comfortable with it, so will he.

If you are unsure of how to trim their claws, ask your vet to show you. They would be glad to help!

HO HO HO! Get Your Photo with Santa!

In the famous words of Santa from “A Christmas Story”

HO HO HO! Merry Christmas!

This time of year we think about Christmas trees, presents, stockings and of course pictures with Santa.  This year Santa is coming to Vet-Co!

Join us and 100.3 The Peak radio station on Saturday December 8th at Vet-Co on Menaul to get your pets picture taken with Santa.  Santa will be arriving in his sleigh at 11 am and will be hanging out with his favorite furry pals until 5:30.

Just bring a can of food (dog, cat or human food), pet food, newspaper or an old blanket for a donation and get your picture with Santa! All food donations will go to Roadrunner Food Bank and non-food donations will go to help animals who have just received veterinary care.

While you are here get your vaccinations updated. Use this coupon to save $5.00 on shots.

Bring your favorite pet down to get their picture with Santa!

What: Pet Photos with Santa

When: Saturday December 8th from 11 am to 5:30 pm

Where: Vet-Co
8200 Menaul Blvd NE #R

Bring: You favorite pet, a can of food, pet food, newspaper or an old blanket