Cats’ paws and claws have many important functions
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Speaking of claws. . . cats’ claws are very important to your cat. They are crucial to its movement and balance. They are used for stretching and exercise of the legs, shoulders, back and paws. Claws are instrumental for climbing, and also for hunting behavior and play. Claws are valuable for catching and holding prey, both live and stuffed toys. Have you ever seen your cat “bunny kicking” a toy during play? Or running after a toy using his claws for traction? It is clear that claws play a huge role in a cat’s everyday life, and need to be seen as being an essential part of him.
For indoor cats, their claws need to be trimmed now and then for their safety and for the safety of the humans who live with them. If a cat hooks its too-long claws into carpet or fabric and gets caught, it can cause panic and then possible injury.
It is important to learn how to correctly trim your cat’s claws to avoid injury. Your vet or groomer can show you how to trim them. The main thing to remember is to not cut down into the quick of the claw which can cause bleeding and pain. This can make it that much harder to trim your cat’s claws next time, because he will probably want to strenuously avoid it!
If you need more information about your cat’s claws and how to care for them, or anything else about your cat’s health and behavior, go to Claus Paws Veterinary Care