Trim Those Nails
Catch your pet when she's relaxed, to give her paws a pedicure. Make sure when trimming her nails to avoid cutting the quick, which is the pink area within each nail that contains nerves and blood vessels. If she experiences pain, she's not likely to let you trim her nails again.
Not only will shorter nails help prevent you and your furniture from getting scratched, you'll also be able to inspect her feet for problems like swelling, cracked pads or matted fur. Worried about getting scratched? Ask your vet for safety advice. If you're trimming your cat's nails, try the toweling technique to wrap your kitty up like a burrito so she can't escape.
Trimming your dog's nails? Watch carefully for signs of distress, such as panting, drooling, trembling, whining, freezing, cowering, tail-tucking, growling, or snapping. For your own safety, do not force nail trimming on your dog.