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Clipping your Sphynx cat nails.


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Jan 13, 2009
How often should I clip my Sphynx cat's nails and how?

We recommend clipping your Sphynx cat's nails every seven to ten days depending on how much you clip the nail back. We prefer regular human nail clippers. We just clip the very tip so we do it a little bit more often, once a week right before bath time. Your Sphynx cat should be resting comfortably on your lap, the floor, or a table. Hold a paw in one hand and press a toe pad gently to extend the claw. Notice the pink tissue (the quick) on the inside of the claw. Avoid the quick when you trim the claw. Cutting into it will cause pain and bleeding. Remove the sharp tip below the quick (away from the toe), clipping about halfway between the end of the quick and the tip of claw. If your cat becomes impatient, pet them and praise them and continue on, they are like kids, if you give them a break or wait until another day to finish they will become custom to being fussy and not wanting to finish. So be persistent and get the job done!

Why should I clip my sphynx nails?

Trimming your cats nails is not a necessity but most people do it to deter them from scratching on furniture or any other sort of house hold items. It's a natural behavior and cats will normally do this to shed nail layers. In the wild they would use trees. Also when having playtime trimmed nails can help in not getting a severe wound like you may with a full sharp un-cut nail, especially with small children involved. We recommend clipping them at bath time once or twice a week.

Use baby wipes to clean under the nails and any other part of the Sphynx little toes where all that black dirty stuff hangs out , especially in and around the flappy piece of skin by the nail area. Here is a video we created to help new Sphynx owners clip and clean their Sphynx cat's nails.

If you have an impossible sphynx that won't lie still, try the "burrito" method - wrap the cat in a towel, only exposing one paw at a time, works like a charm!

Important: As always check with your vet first, and make sure all products are pet safe!

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