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How to Trim Kitten Nails

How do I calm my kitten to cut her nails? In this Vet Minute, Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, demonstrates how to cut kitten nails.

Cutting a Kittens Nails

Trimming Kitten Nails

What is the best way to trim a young kittens nails? First, find a delicious cat treat that keeps your kitten focused – like chicken baby food, whipped topping on a spoon or Inaba Churu cat lickable cat treats.

Next, work in an area with great lighting and with your kitten on an elevated but non-slip surface so they hold still better. Then be sure to use a great cat nail clipper with sharp blades so you cut, not squeeze the kitten’s nail. And most importantly, have some styptic powder such as Kwik Stop available in case your kitten zigs when you zag and nick a nail a bit too short. Having an assistant to help makes kitten nail trimming much easier.

For more tips on how to cut kitten nails, call a Revival Pet Care Pro at 800.786.4751.

Written by: Marty Greer, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 40+ years’ experience in veterinary medicine, with special interests in canine reproduction and pediatrics. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 1981. She’s served as Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services since 2019. In 2023, Dr. Greer was named the Westminster Kennel Club Veterinarian of the Year.

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