Every other weekend is claw clipping weekend. I’ve been clipping cats’ claws for about 35 years now, and I like to think I’m fairly good at it.
Still, I keep the stypic powder handy, just in case. Because no matter what kind of shaolin master I am with the clippers, all it takes is one little squirm and…the quick can be cut by mistake. And the quick can bleed a lot. It’s actually pretty incredible how much blood can come from one miscut kitty claw.
Today, it was Angel. It was one of the last claws I clipped, and she must have been getting a little antsy, because I got one toe just a little too short. A lot of times, the claw doesn’t start to bleed right away, and this was one of this times. About 10 minutes after I’d finished and let her go, I noticed a large blood spot on the bed where she was sleeping, and little bloody pawprints on the floor around the bed and on the windowsill.
After Jacoby’s accident, I built a feline first-aid kit with bandages and cat-safe wound cleaners and anti-bacterials. I also have the most common first-aid items in a special drawer in the bathroom where I can get to them quickly.
So I quickly cleaned Angel’s foot, put on some stypic powder, Bactine and Bacitracin, covered it with a cotton gauze pad and bandaged it with self-sticking, no-chew bandages.
She was not crazy about this treatment.
But she kept it on. Whatever they put into or onto that no-chew bandage, it really works.
Finally, she gave up on it and let it alone. It’s still on her foot now, as I type this; it can probably come off, now, but I reckon the longer it stays on, the better, especially in the litter box.
Granted, one claw clipped too short isn’t a dire emergency, but it hurts, and it bleeds a lot, and if it doesn’t stop bleeding right away, it needs to be taken care of. I was very glad I had the cat medical kit today, and I think Angel was, too.
Do you have a first-aid kit at the ready for your cats?