With early training and some patience, you should be able to get into the habit of clipping Sphynx cat nails on a regular basis after bathing about every two weeks. After two or three times you will definitely feel much more confident with your sphynx cat’s claws trimming.
Is it necessary to trim a sphynx cat’s claws?
Because the Sphynx is purely an indoor cat, they don’t really need their nails for climbing trees or protecting themselves against predators. By trimming their nails you will be protecting your furniture, upholstery, clothing and skin from potential damage.
If you are unsure exactly how to trim Sphynx cat nails, then you might want to ask the breeder or your vet to demonstrate for you. The nails clipping is a common treatment to be done twice a month (depending on how much you clip the nail back).
What you should know about sphynx cat’s nails clipping
It is very important that you know not to cut too much off, cutting into pink tissue (the quick) you may cause considerable pain and bleeding for your Sphynx.
The only thing that you need to trim Sphynx’s nails is a pair of good, sharp nail clippers. You can get ones that are specifically designed for cats, but I find that human nail clippers work just as well.
You should also have a supply of treats on hand so that you do not forget to reward your Sphynx for good behaviour after the nails have been trimmed.
How to clip your sphynx cat nails
It is a good idea to trim the nails after bathing your Sphynx. This is when the nails are softer and easier to cut.
- Put your Sphynx in a comfortable position, either on your lap or on a table or bench. Try to make him or her as relaxed as possible by speaking soothing words to re-assure them that nothing bad is happening.
- Then take one paw in your hand and put some pressure on one of the toe pads so that the claw extends.
- You also can clean skin by the nails bed and around the nails. Clean the inner portion by the nail bed to prevent any type of infection while you will clipping nails.
- Then simply trim the tip off the nail. As already mentioned, you will notice a pinkish area at the base of the claw. This is known as the quick and you should not cut this area.
If you prefer to clip nails before bath time or any other time when you and your Sphynx cat are in the best mood then use baby wipes or damp towel to clean the dirt under the nails or the flappy skin by the nail area. Cats hide nails quickly and it is more likely that you cause damage and infection to your loved kitty, if you don’t clean them before clipping.
And as a final note, don’t get confused between nail trimming and declawing. Declawing is a controversial practice and should be considered very carefully before proceeding.