Hi everyone, it’s Ruby! It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me! Today, I want to tell you about something Mom did to me that wasn’t very nice at all. I mean, I love Mom more than anything in the world, but let me tell you, I wasn’t loving her so much the other afternoon.
Mom trims my nails about once a month. I’m usually pretty good for it. She puts me on her lap and sets the bag of treats next to us where I can see it. She thinks she’s so smart, because she hides the nail clippers where she thinks I can’t see them until she’s ready to start, but she’s not fooling me! Once she starts clipping, I usually start complaining loudly, but most of the time, I hold still, and the whole ordeal is over very quickly.
Not this time. Mom had trimmed all but one last nail, and I had had enough, so I jerked my paw away from her – just as she started to clip. I yelled at her really loud! It hurt! There was a lot of blood!
I could tell Mom felt awful. She grabbed a tissue and wadded it up and pushed it against my poor bleeding nail, which made me yell again. She hushed me and said “it’s okay, sweetie, I’m so sorry!” but she wouldn’t let go of my paw! Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, she let go of me, and put a bunch of treats in front of me. I ate one, but then I wanted nothing to do with her or the treats. My paw was really sore! I was going to go off and sulk, and make Mom think about what she just did!
Of course, I couldn’t hold my grudge for very long. I could tell how upset Mom was with herself for doing what she did, and after a few minutes, I climbed in her lap and let her pet me, and eventually, I went to sleep. All’s forgiven. I can’t stay mad at Mom.
I’m always very careful to only take off the very tip of Ruby’s nails. She has very long quicks, so I’m very much aware that it doesn’t take much to cut too far down the nail. As anyone who has ever accidentally cut off too much knows, it’s the worst feeling to know that you just did something to hurt your cat.
A cut quick rarely leads to any lingering problems, but quicks can bleed a lot, so if you don’t apply pressure and/or something to stop the bleeding, it can look a lot worse than it is. The best thing to use to stop the bleeding quickly is styptic powder, applied with a little bit of pressure. If you don’t have that on hand, you can also apply cornstarch. A black tea bag works well, too (it needs to be tea with caffeine, decaffeinated or herbal tea won’t work for this purpose.) I had none of these on hand, but since Ruby, surprisingly, let me put pressure on her nail with just a wadded up tissue, I was able to stop the bleeding pretty quickly. But even if you can’t manage to do any of these things, the bleeding will usually stop on its own.