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Can I file my kitten's claws a little?

My 7-week-old (oh my, he grows fast...) is very playful. I love that, because he plays with me a lot when I'm home and not occupied, otherwise he sticks to his toys. The thing is that sometimes he'll get into what I call his crazy five minutes and he starts fighting and wrestling and racing around like a tiny madman, usually in the late evening, before falling asleep somewhere on me. That's not a problem, but his claws are extremely sharp and my hands are now covered in tiny scratches, as well as my face. I wonder if I can file his claws down just the teensiest bit, just to take the sharp edge off? I don't want to clip them or file them down to where he can't climb around properly, but I'm thinking I'd probably save myself some pain if they weren't quite as sharp. What are you experiences with this? Does anybody have advice they'd like to share? Thanks, Isabella and Quinho


  • You can clip the sharp point of your kitten's nail without causing any issues. I've been clipping my kitten's nails since I got him at 10 weeks (now 6 mos.) and it hasn't slowed him down a bit! It is good to get him accustomed to nail clipping early on.
  • Araya BishirAraya Bishir St. CloudMember Posts: 18
    Yes, the claws of any cat should not be left very sharp (unless for some reason it's an outdoor cat). They can climb fine and it gives less chances to get claws ripped off.
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