Y’all- this might not seem like a controversial topic upon first glance but hear me out. A little back story first; I was a veterinary technician at a cat-only animal hospital before I became a cat groomer. I learned a lot of my cat handling skills and various tips and tricks to successfully calm an anxious kitty. My very first lesson, Rule # 1, was “Before doing anything else, trim the nails!” Why? You might ask. Sharp cat nails are dangerous. I don’t care how experienced you are as a cat handler- all it takes is one unexpected loud noise for those nails to come in contact with your face, chest, (insert your favorite body part here). Next thing that happens- you drop the cat, cat runs and hides under the bed, chaos ensues, you can see how this goes from here. My advice: if you need/want to have better control of your cat at home, you need to master trimming their nails!
How could such practical advice be misinterpreted as animal cruelty? Two words- The Internet. I began posting cat nail trim demos and videos on my instagram and you tube channel about a year ago. There wasn’t much of a response at first. It wasn’t until I gained a large following and began doing reels on Instagram that people really began to resist the idea of cutting their cat’s nails. Not only resist- but flat out accuse me of animal abuse. The majority of these misinformed commenters were teenage girls (as you might expect), but what surprised me was that a few of them were seemingly educated individuals; holding jobs and successfully navigating the world. All that I can assume about these individuals is that when it is time to medicate or groom their cat, they will be the ones calling the veterinarian to tell them that they aren’t able to give the medication, and calling the groomer to apologize for how matted their cat is because “she just won’t let me comb her.”
Yeah… these aren’t all just internet trolls waiting around to cast their negative comments for attention. These are your friends, family, and neighbors! They have never been taught that it’s possible to have a healthy relationship with your cat! One in which YOU call the shots (sort of). One of my goals with this blog is to change that archaic stereotype. I couldn’t think of a better way to do it than to teach you the same Rule # 1 that I learned so many years ago! I’m including a short video and a link to an inexpensive (but well-made) pair of nail scissors. Don’t bother with any gimmicky items like electric files- this is all you need right here!
We sell this pair on the website but any pair that is similar will work. Good luck and let me know how it goes!