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Caring For Your Cat’s Paws & Claws
Healthy paws and claws are vital to a healthy cat. It’s important for cats to have healthy, well-maintained feet. Why? Because cats use their feet to jump, climb, scratch, and, in the case of outdoor cats, defend themselves. Here are seven simple things you can do to make sure your cat’s paw and claws are in their best condition.
- Immediately clean up any loose pins, needles, broken glass or tracked in gravel. These items can easily become lodged in your cat’s paws and cause discomfort or injury.
- Clean up cleaning supplies or other household spills that might contain chemicals or otherwise damage the pads of your cat’s feet.
- Cats have a real need to scratch because it helps them keep their claws sharp. Make sure your cat has a good scratch pad like this one. Scenting it with catnip will encourage its use.
- Keep an eye out for limping, relentless cleaning, or other signs of discomfort. These tell-tale signals may be an indication that something is amiss and sign you need to investigate your cat’s feet.
- If you have a cat who ventures outdoors, try to keep him inside when the summer heat gets blistering. You’ll help prevent heat damage by letting him wait until the sun sets and the pavement is cooler.
- Be careful during winter months, too, because extreme cold can cause your cat’s paws to dry out. Snow can also hide dangerous objects that might get lodged in their paws or cause nasty cuts and scrapes.
- Nail trimmers like the one featured here help keep your cat’s claws neat and trimmed. They’re easy to use, gentle on cat’s nails, and create a bonding experience for cat and cat parents.
An occasional, gentle massage and attentive care for his paws and claws will go a long way in letting your cat lead a healthy, happy, optimal life. Check out the complete line of items Key Pet Supplies carry that help you care for your cat’s paws, claws, and general health and happiness.