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Cat Paw Care

Our pets are always moving around not only in the safe environs of our homes, but also the harsh outdoors.

Unlike us humans, our pets do not wear shoes and therefore have no way of protecting their paws from any sharp objects or shards which may damage their paws.

Though our cats keep themselves clean by grooming themselves regularly, they are not always spic and span and therefore as prone to infections and parasitic attacks. Unlike dogs, cats are extremely elusive by nature and may more often be found outside the premises of the house than inside. If your cat is roaming around in dirt, it will also be eventually brining in the germs.

In the long run therefore, it is important to keep the cat’s feet as clean as possible.

There is a fundamental difference between the care of paws of cats and dogs. Cat paw care involves sharpening the claws on a regular basis. Most of the cats can do this by themselves.

Their nails get sharpened by climbing trees and posts or by clawing at objects. If you are lucky enough to have a cat which grooms itself well and is very active physically, you may also not have to worry about trimming the claws. The claws should only be trimmed using a claw cutter. Such instruments are available in pet shops.
Long haired cats require a little more attention, since their fur tends to grow between the loose area of their paws. If the hair grows long, you may have to regularly trim it because it can get annoying to the cat. If the fur is ignored for some time, there is also a possibility that the fur may begin to act as an impediment while moving.

One of the best cat paw care tips is to check the paws regularly. With short hair cars, lesions, cuts or wounds on the paw are very visible. However, the same is not true for long haired cats. Cat health care is not complete until you take good care of the paws of your cat. If there are any unusual odors coming out of your cat’s paws, it may be an indication of an infection. Get the paws checked.

If your cat is licking its paws more than usual, check for any injuries or infections. This may be an indication that all is not well with your cat’s paws.

  Submitted on May 7, 2010