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How to bandage a cat paw


How to bandage a cat paw

Paw

A cat's paw (or foot, or claw) is a pad located on the cat's

front foot, at the base of the claws. In contrast, a cat's

toe is located on the back foot, at the base of the claws.

The purpose of the cat's paw is to provide a firm

surface for the cat to use as a stepping surface. As a result,

it is typically much harder than a cat's toe.

Cats are born with a soft, fleshy, fur-covered paw. However,

cats also possess claws. When a cat is born with claws,

they will not grow until the paw matures enough for the cat

to use it as a stepping surface. It is not uncommon for a

cat to continue to grow claws through the age of eight. In

addition, cats with thick, furred paws tend to have more

claws.

The length of the cat's claws can be anywhere from

the length of a finger to the length of a human arm, and

the thickness of a cat's claws can range from as thick as a

finger to the thickness of a pencil. A cat's claws tend

to retract and grow when it feels the need to.

How cats use their paws

When a cat uses its paw as a stepping surface, it will use

it by gripping it firmly with one of the claws and pushing

it agnst an object with the other claw. The paw will

then be used to either propel the cat or push it forward.

How to bandage a cat's paw

Step 1

Place the cat on its back, with its paw in a relaxed

position.

Step 2

Holding the paw between your hands, look at the pad,

and use your thumb to press down on the pad, until you

feel the pad begin to flatten.

Step 3

Spread the paw open to the full length of its claws.

Step 4

If the paw is longer than the full length of the claws,

you may want to place your hands around the middle of the

paw and use your thumb to press the middle of the paw

flat.

Step 5

Place a sterile pad over the top of the paw, and roll

the paw and pad down the cat's leg until you reach the

tl.

Step 6

When you are finished, gently remove your hands from

the paw, and place the paw back down on the floor, making

sure the pad is on the top.

Step 7

Place your thumb and index finger of your other hand

over the pad to hold it in place.

Step 8

If the pad begins to move as you move your hand,

move the paw back down. If you feel the paw move out

of place as you move your hand, place the paw back down

as described in step 6.

Step 9

If the paw has begun to close, roll the paw and pad

down the cat's leg, until you reach the tl.

Step 10

When you reach the tl, place your hand on the tl,

and gently roll the paw and tl down the cat's leg.

Step 11

Place your hand on the paw agn, and hold it in place

with your hand.

Step 12

If the pad begins to move agn as you move your

hand, gently roll the paw back down. If you feel the paw

move out of place as you move your hand, place the paw

back down as described in step 6.

Step 13

If the paw continues to close, use the bandage to

roll down the paw until you reach the tl.

Step 14

When you have reached the tl, place your hand on the

tl agn, and gently roll the paw and tl down the cat's

leg.

Step 15

Repeat steps 7 - 14 until the paw is completely

bandaged, making sure to stop as soon as the paw

begins to close agn.

Step 16

When you are finished, gently remove your hand from

the paw, and place the paw back down on the floor, making

sure the pad is on the top.

Step 17

Press the bandaged paw into a bowl of warm, soapy

water. If the paw begins to slip out of the water, use

the bandage to press the paw back into the water.

Step 18

Gently remove the bandage, and rinse the paw in cold

water.

Step 19

Wash the bandage off your hands in the sink.

Step 20

Let the paw dry completely, and place it back in its

original position on the floor, making sure the pad is

on the top.

Note: You may want to place a towel under your cat's paw to protect the floor.

Step 21

Replace the bandage. If you have a cat that likes to

remove the bandage, place a towel under the paw before

attempting to replace the bandage.

Tips

It is important to be very gentle when bandaging a

cat's paw, as the paw is much more sensitive than a

cat's toe. If you are not very gentle, you can damage

the paw.

If the paw is longer than the full length of the claws,

use your thumb and index finger of one hand to gently

pull the paw flat. Be careful not to stretch the paw.

If you notice that the paw is beginning to close,

place the paw back down on the floor.

If you are bandaging a cat for the first time, the paw

may close several times, after it is bandaged. However,

if the paw continues to close, this is normal and will

usually go away in a few hours.

The cat's paw may begin to close while the paw is in

the water, and


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