An important part of the grooming process is to trim your cat’s nails. They should be trimmed about once a month. It’s a great idea to take care of this at the start of a grooming session, as the shorter your cat’s nails are, the more likely you will be able to make it through the entire session without being scratched.
To start trimming, have your cat sit in your lap. While firmly holding him in place, gently press down on his paw so the nail comes out. Using a pair of cat nail clippers, cut off the tip of each claw, just outside the edge of the pinkish part where the nerves are located. If you accidentally cut into the quick, the nail will bleed. When this happens, apply light, direct pressure to stop the bleeding. This will likely upset your cat, so the rest of the grooming procedure may have to wait until another day when your cat has calmed down.