The next letter of the alphabet brings us to N, for nail trimming.
Nail trimming. Who knew such a simple act could be so intimidating? This seemingly innocuous act that I had been doing my entire life to all of my fingers and toes was all of a sudden very foreboding when it came time to try it on an animal–Like many pet parents, I was terrified of hitting the quick and hurting them.
We had pets for years before I adopted my own, but never had the struggles of nail trimming; our dogs and cats were outdoor animals and our house was off of a gravel driveway that served as its own nail trimmer of sorts. After I found my cats and adopted them, I had to learn the ways of a nail trimmer; with them being indoor cats, their nails were going to need trimming at some point, as the act is very important for their health. After a while, the cats and I realized it wasn’t that big of a deal and adjusted to at home nail trimming. When I got Arie, the same fear ensued, as her massive paws were more intimidating that a feline’s, and her nails were of a different texture. She’s due for a trim now, so I can show you what I mean:
My friends who are new to pets have asked me before how to trim their pets’ nails. The easiest way for you?
- Get in the car
- Drive to the groomer’s
- Get nails clipped.
This easy three-step plan is not your most affordable option, but it does put a lot less pressure on you. On the other hand, you could:
- Purchase clippers
- Learn how to clip your pets nails
- Man up and do it yourself
If you’re pet is comfortable with you clipping their nails, go ahead with option two. If you have a young pet, be sure to play with their paws a lot, as this gets them used to you handling their feet, and makes trimming nails much, much easier later on in life. When you’ve got your clippers and you’re ready to trim, I suggest watching a video before you get started–It helps give you a visual and get your ready for the task at hand. I’m a little partial to this one, probably because it opens with a White German Shepherd Dog:
For the cat people out there, this was pretty good, even if a little awkward:
Do you trim your pets’ nails at home or do you go to the groomer’s or vet’s office to get it done? Why did you choose your method?