Cats will scratch just about anything around your home. Getting a scratching post can help save your furniture, but you may also need to trim their claws regularly. Many cat owners wonder if their claws grow back over time.
Let’s talk more about cat claws and how we can best help our cats maintain them.
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How Long Does It Take for Cat Claws To Grow Back?
After a trim, it will take about two weeks for cat claws to grow back. Your cat’s claws may grow back faster or slower, but this is the average amount of time it takes. Injury and consistent scratching can affect the period.
Every cat is different when it comes to nail growth and activity level, but these two factors tend to go hand-in-hand. The more your cat scratches, the faster their claws will grow back. The more they use their claws, the faster they will grow back and recover.
If your cat isn’t a big fan of scratching, then you may not have to trim its claws as often. However, you should still try to get it done about every two weeks, so they don’t get too long and sharp.
Why Should I Trim My Cat’s Claws?
Trimming your cat’s claws helps keep them less sharp. So, your cat is less likely to hurt you, other pets, or even themselves when their claws are well maintained. Trimming your cat’s claws is a healthy alternative to declawing.
Playtime can be a little rough when your cat’s claws are sharp. One accidental swipe at someone could crash the party. If you keep your cat’s claws trimmed, they will be duller, and playtime will hurt a lot less.
The same goes for other pets. Cats can retract their claws while playing, but sometimes they still scratch without meaning to. Keeping claws trimmed can mean a lot less hurt feelings from other pets.
Sharp claws also cause injuries. So, it is a good idea to keep them trimmed for safety.
Another important factor that some people forget is that cats, like any other animal, scratch themselves. Whether it’s a random itch or allergies, your cat will occasionally scratch itself. With trimmed claws, they are a lot less likely to break skin when scratching. This can be very beneficial for cats struggling with allergies as they will scratch harder and more often than normal.
Keeping their claws trimmed can also help keep your furniture from suffering. If your cat scratches on the furniture in your home, you should keep their claws trimmed regularly as this will minimize the damage done.
Overall, trimming is a healthy alternative to declawing your cat. That said, declawing is the only solution that prevents your cat’s claws from ever growing back. Most people choose to do this because of convenience or not wanting to deal with scratched-up furniture, but many people agree that it is cruel.
Trimming is a good alternative because it dulls your cat’s claws without painfully removing them. Whether you do it yourself or allow the veterinarian to handle it, trimming is much better for the cat and can prevent them from harming you or your furniture.
How Do I Know if My Cat’s Claws Need To Be Trimmed?
Your cat’s claws need to be trimmed when they are visible even though they are retracted, when you hear them tapping on the floor as they walk, or when you notice them getting stuck in soft fabrics. All of these signs point to the need for a trim.
Cat claws are a lot different than dogs. As we can hear the tap of puppy claws on the floor, we know they’re on their way to see us. With cats, this tapping is a sign that their claws are too long.
You may also notice that your cat’s claws are getting stuck every now and then. This can happen as they traverse the back of the couch or even walk across the carpet. This is a definite sign that your cat requires a trim.
Claws that get stuck can cause injury to the cat if they aren’t expecting it, or it can cause damage to the claw.
Another way to tell if your cat’s claws need to be trimmed is that they will be visible even when retracted. This shows you how far they have grown and how much needs to be trimmed. This is especially important to watch as your cat ages because they may not be as active as they once were.
Without consistent scratching, cat claws can get out of control as they will keep growing consistently. So, make sure you are watching their claws and actions to show you if they need to be trimmed.
Do Cat Claws Need To Be Trimmed?
It is important to trim your cat’s claws to help keep them healthy. The only time it is unnecessary is if you have an outside cat because they will need their claws to be sharp for defense.
If you have an indoor cat, its claws need to be trimmed. How often you do it may vary based on what we discussed above, but their health needs to keep up with it. Sure, keeping their claws trimmed can help keep the furniture looking nice, but that’s not the only reason you should trim.
Having claws that are too long is bad for your feline friend. They can develop issues with walking and retracting their claws. It is common for cats with overgrown claws to develop issues with their paw pads as the claws will overgrow and cause them pain or injury to their pads.
That said, not every cat needs to have its claws trimmed. Outdoor cats are pretty much exempt because they have plenty of surfaces like trees to scratch on. They also need their claws to be sharp to hunt or defend themselves.
Indoor cats are a lot more likely to need a trim, but it is still not always required. The amount of trimming your cat needs depends on their own nail growth and how well they are maintained with a scratching post.
Scratching posts are the best tools to have for your cat because it helps them maintain their claws. Some cats can use these enough to prevent human intervention when it comes to clawing growth, although it is not guaranteed.
So, keep an eye on your cat’s claws regardless of their level of activity, just to make sure they are a healthy length and aren’t causing any pain. Even if your cat can maintain its claws on its own, it is still a good idea to watch for signs of overgrown claws just to be safe.
Cat claws will grow back after being trimmed, and they need to be maintained regularly in order for your cat to be comfortable and safe. If you enjoy playing with your feline friend but do not want to get a deep scratch on your hand or tears on your furniture, then make sure you are keeping their claws trimmed.
Claw trimming is not an easy task, and sometimes it is best to leave it to experienced professionals. However, it is an important part of having a pet cat and keeping them healthy and happy.
- People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals UK: Vet Q&Q: How Do I Trim My Cat’s Claws?
- Animal Path: Do Cat Claws Grow Back?
- The Humane Society: Trimming A Cat’s Claws
- VetStreet: Trim Your Cat’s Nails Without The Stress
Pam is a self-confessed cat lover and has experience of working with cats and owning cats for as long as she can remember. This website is where she gets to share her knowledge and interact with other cat lovers.