Try trimming nails on cat with a full belly


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Try trimming nails on cat with a full belly

Updated Dec 21, 2021

Dear Cathy,

Recently, a reader asked you how to relax her cat, so that she could clip the cat’s nails. My sister has had many cats over the past 30 years. She has always waited until the cats finished eating and then cut their nails. She has said that they are more lethargic after eating and resisted less. It may be worth a try before medicating.

– Liz, Newington, Connecticut

Dear Liz,
I like your sister. She is cunning – and correct; a full belly makes cats a little less nimble, and so the timing might be perfect for semi-resistant cats. Some cats though, will find a way to escape a nail trim no matter what you do.

Cathy M. Rosenthal is a longtime animal advocate, children’s author, syndicated pet columnist, and pet expert with more than 30 years in the animal welfare field. Send your pet questions, stories and tips to Please include your name, city, and state. You can follow her @cathymrosenthal

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Cathy Rosenthal, CHES, CFE
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Cathy brings more than 25 years' experience in the animal welfare field. She is a sought-after speaker, Certified Humane Education Specialist, a syndicated pet advice columnist, an author, a publisher, and of course - a loving pet parent.

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