Do cats actually need their nails cutting?
January 10, 2012 11:53 AM Subscribe
Do (indoor) cats actually need their claws trimming?
posted by hoyland to Pets & Animals (30 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
is my mother's cat. Aside from the fact that he definitely isn't interested in letting anyone near his feet, my mother's partner refuses to trim his nails on the grounds that it's done only for the convenience of humans.
Now, he has a point, except that Winston gets his claws caught on things because they're so long. They probably also reduce his playing-with-people time as you're liable to get scratched even when he's not trying to scratch you. In theory, I guess cats' claws are supposed to be cut/filed naturally when they scratch things, but his scratching doesn't seem to do much of anything for Winston--his claws are like talons.
This is irritatingly difficult to google. I got as far as a suggestion that British people don't trim cats claws, suggesting it is unnecessary, but, on the other hand, I think entirely indoor cats are rare in Britain.