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Vet Minute: How to Trim Kitten Nails

August 11, 2022

Vet Minute: How to Trim Kitten Nails

Last updated: January 03, 2020

In this Vet Minute, Revival’s Director of Veterinary Services, Dr. Marty Greer, demonstrates how to cut kitten nails.
If you need help or have other pet health questions, call us at 800.786.4751.

Video Transcript

What is the best way to trim a young kittens nails? Hi, I’m Doctor Marty Greer, Director of Veterinary Services with Revival Animal Health. First, find a delicious treat that keeps your kitten focused – like chicken baby food or whipped topping on a spoon. 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 nail clipper with sharp blades so you cut, not squeeze the nail. Having an assistant makes it much easier. 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 makes it much easier.

Marty Greer, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, has 35+ 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.

If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.