Clipping your Sphynx cat nails

How often should I clip my Sphynx cat’s nails and how?
We recommend clipping your Sphynx cat’s nails every seven to ten days depending on how much you clip the nail back. We prefer regular human nail clippers. We just clip the very tip and that’s why we have to do it a little bit more often, like once a week right before bath time.

Your Sphynx cat should be resting comfortably on your lap, floor or table. Hold a paw in one hand and press a toe pad gently, so that the claw comes out. Notice the pink tissue (the quick) on the inside of the claw.

Avoid the quick when you trim the claw. Cutting into it will cause pain and bleeding. Remove the sharp tip below the quick (away from the toe), clipping about halfway between the end of the quick and the tip of claw. If your cat becomes impatient, pet and praise her and continue after. Sphynx cats are like kids: if you give them a break or wait another day to finish, they will become used to be fussy and won’t let you finish. So be persistent and get the job done!

Why should I clip my sphynx nails?
Trimming your cats nails is not a necessity but most people do it to prevent them from scratching on furniture or any other sort of house hold items. It’s a natural behavior and cats will normally do this to shed nail layers. In the wild they would use trees.

Also when having playtime trimmed nails can help in not getting a severe wound like you may with a full sharp un-cut nail, especially with small children involved. We recommend clipping them at bath time once or twice a week.

Use baby wipes to clean under the nails and any other part of the Sphynx little toes where all that black dirty stuff hangs out , especially in and around the flappy piece of skin by the nail area. Here is a video we created to help new Sphynx owners clip and clean their Sphynx cat’s nails.