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Q: Can a cat trim her own nails ?

December 19, 2008 | By Karen W. | 10 answers | Expired: 1934 days ago

Karen W.

Hello, everybody. I have noticed, over the past few days, that Mitzi has been chewing on her paws. This morning, I noticed that there were pieces of nails, by her scratching post. Just like when I clip my nails, and some go onto the floor. She really needs her nails trimmed, but the tool that I sent for, hasn't come yet. Can a cat " trim " her own nails, either by chewing them off, or taking them off with use of her scratching post ?.

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Chris M.
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Dec 24, 2008

Cats trim their nails by scratching. The pieces you're finding are probably the sheaths which shed periodically. I trim the front nails on my cats and they are less likely to want to scratch where they aren't supposed to!

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Fran B.
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Dec 25, 2008

Outside cats can do this easily by climbing trees and running around . It truly keeps their nails worn. However with indoor cats I have a tough time keeping them short. I have to take one of my cats and have the vet do it. She is a real terror with the nail trimming process.

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Kelly
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Jan 02, 2009

Like the others have said, what you're seeing laying around is the outer sheath of the nail. When they scratch they occasionally loosen & remove the transparent sheath that covers the claw. Long, sharp claws can become uncomfotable for your cat & if they get too long, curve under, or begin to snag on things & often times the cat will start chewing on them. Its better to keep them trimmed because chewing can split & fray the nail. I had one rescue that came to me who never had her claws trimmed so she had begun to chew them. When I looked at her claws the ends were frayed out like little pompoms & it right down to the quick. Stress can also cause this behavior but since she hasn't had her nails trimmed in a while my guess is she's doing it because they're too long.

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