But I thought cats groomed themselves? If that were true, then we wouldn’t see so many cats experience matting, gunky ears, tons of shedding, hairballs, long or ingrown toenails, poop or litter stuck to their rears or paws, tangles and much more. Before I became a groomer, I thought that owning cats meant you had to vacuum 2-3 times a week, live in clothes covered in cat hair and furniture covered in scratches, regularly clean up hairballs and sometimes they’d need to go get shaved down when they got matted. All of that changed when I learned more about what grooming could do for my cats, and now that I know better and do better for my own cats, I want to help other cats and their owners too!
Trimming Cat Nails
Ingrown cat nails from not being trimmed regularly.
The first thing every groomer should start with is trimming the cat’s nails. Regular nail trims prevent the following:
Damage done to furniture, curtains and carpet
Damage done to family members’ arms and legs
The cat getting stuck on fabric or carpets (if they can’t get unstuck, cats can damage or even pull out their nails by yanking them free)
Ingrown nails causing pain and open wounds on the paw pads
Thick or overgrown nails making it painful to walk
Young cats and kittens are still growing, and their nails tend to grow very quickly. They are also still learning and may play rough, which can be painful for their playmates (both cat and person!). Older cat nails usually become thicker and also need trimming more often to keep their nails healthy and at