Cat's claws may be sharp, but they are fragile, too, especially if you try to trim them with dull nail trimmers. Unless the blade is sharp, it will crush and fracture the nail and this is not comfortable for your cat. Holding still for you to trim the nails is hard enough! Don't make it twice as difficult and uncomfortable. Keep your trimmer sharp by changing the blade or replacing the trimmer regularly.
Our dogs wear collars all the time, close to their skin. These collars are like a pet's underwear and should be kept clean and fresh. Collars can rub the skin and create infections and hot spots around the neck. Growing puppies should have their collar checked weekly to make certain they aren't growing too fast and becoming strangled by their collar too. Toss your pet's collar into your weekly wash or replace collars regularly to prevent them from becoming stinky.
Ever heard of kibble calisthenics? To get your kitty moving and exercising, place a few kibbles all over the house, up on window sills, down the basement stairs, up on the bed. Make your feline friend work for his/her food and burn off some calories while searching for food. Start small, but work your way up to feeding their entire rations this way. Not only will it exercise your cat's body but also his mind and we will get a few steps of our own logged on our Fitbit.
Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.