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I need to cut my kittens nails but I’m worried about hurting

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Hello. I need to cut my kittens nails but I’m worried about hurting her or her not staying still. How can I best do this myself?
Submitted: 18 days ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 18 days ago.
Hi there , thank you for your question.
Young kittens can have razor sharp nails that are (luckily!) easy to trim.
Use a cat specific claw clippers and have another person hold her firm in a towel.
Clip just the sharp tip, avoiding the dark quick (blood vessel) that can be seen. After each claw, say a word of praise.
If at any time the kitten gets frustrated, give them a little break.
After all claws are clipped , offer a tasty treat.
If unsure, a vet nurse or vet would be happy to give a demonstration.
Once a bit older, cats will wear their claws down on pavements and trees outdoors and will use any scratching post provided. At this stage, they likely won't need their claws trimmed.
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Is this all ok? Can I be of any further help?