How to Clean a Cat's Paw

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Things You'll Need

  • Damp washcloth

  • Tweezers

  • Towel

  • Antiseptic


If your cat has any deep or bleeding cuts, call your veterinarian. You should also contact your veterinarian if your cat has material in his paws that is stuck or infecting him to quickly treat the problem safely.

A few methods are available directly at home for cleaning a cat's paw.

Cats are known for being finicky about their grooming, but there are times when you need to step in and help. Whether your cat found his way into a puddle of mud or you are trying to clean his paws during a bath, the task requires only a few household items and a bit of patience with your cat. You can clean your cat's paws as often as once a day to help keep bacteria and other material away.

Step 1

Gather the materials you will need, including a damp washcloth, a towel for securing your cat while cleaning him, and a pair of household tweezers. You can also gather a pet-friendly antiseptic if you suspect your cat has an injury or scratches on or near his paws.

Step 2

Secure your cat into a towel with his two front paws exposed for cleaning. Calm him if he is agitated by petting him for a few minutes or giving him a healthy cat treat.

Step 3

Use the damp washcloth to gently wipe the surfaces of your cat's front paws, one at a time. Gently rub between the paws to remove dirt and any lodged material, such as cat litter or food. Slide the bottom end of the towel up to clean each your cat's back paws, still securing your cat within the towel.

Step 4

Check your cat's paws to see if there is a splinter or other material lodged in his paws. If so, gently use your tweezers to remove it. Apply an antiseptic to the area to prevent infection and help heal the wound.

Step 5

Inspect your cat's paws for any scrapes or injuries that need treatment as well. Apply an antiseptic to any cuts or scrapes.