Q: Can a cat trim her own nails ?
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 ?.
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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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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