Basic Care III
6. The nails
We should learn to trim the claws ourselves without having to go to the vet as it will be less stressful for the cat. Cutting them with certain frequency will avoid possible scratches and we will avoid the temptation to sharpen them constantly with some furniture or sofa of the house (if we cut the claws and we installed some scraper so that he can scratch, this will not happen)
We can also find another problem if your nails grow too large: they can get stuck in the leg pads and consequently cause an infection.
To cut them we can use special scissors that we can find in any clinic, specialized store or through the Internet.
We must only cut the tip of the nails, paying special attention not to touch with the scissors the pink part that we will see in the light of the nail, which is where the blood vessels are (if this happens or touches this pink part, do not be alarmed, soon that small bleeding will be cut).
With a little pressure on your fingers, we will remove the nail so that we can see it better and cut it easier.
If the cat gets nervous, it is better to wait for it to calm down (many times the ideal is to do it when the cat is calm, almost asleep)
7. Water and the drinking fountain
Another important aspect in the care and maintenance of our Persian, is their feeding. It goes without saying that we must give him a good feed (preferably of high quality, since these will be of greater quality) and that he must always have at his disposal the same way that he will always have fresh water available.
One of the problems we encounter with the water is that the cat will “waterlogging” when drinking inside the conventional drinking fountains, putting its paws inside the water and wetting all the hair on the collar that has taken us so long to wash-comb.
Consequently, one of the disadvantages of leaving the hair of the collar wet is that the hair will oxidize and become a dark and ugly color (especially in light colors), besides facilitating the knots and tangles.
To avoid this it is very common to use the so called rabbit drinkers (the “ball” ones) that make the cat drink only the necessary amount and not get wet. At the beginning it is normal that he doesn’t know how to drink, but we can help him by bringing his nose closer to the water outlet and “making him see” how it works (we can also put a little bit of malt or multivitamins, something he likes a lot, in the water outlet so that he can lick it and discover the way to make water come out of that new jalopy)
Many people encounter problems when installing these types of drinkers. We propose a very easy method to install: By means of the support that the bicycles have to deposit the water bottle (we can get it in most of the sport stores) which we will screw to the wall at the appropriate height and there we will deposit the drinker.
If we do not want or can not make a hole in the wall, we can make a support of those adhesive used in the kitchen to hang rags, bread bags, etc … (in any hardware store) the latter we stick to the wall and it hooked the support of the bottle.
Another type of drinker that is usually used is similar to those used in bird shops or farms. It has a small bucket at the bottom and the water tank at the top.
This last one is also good for those cats that are not able to get used to the rabbit drinker.