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Q: lengthy cat nails?

April 27, 2009 | By Jillian | 13 answers | Expired: 1988 days ago

Jillian

i'm use to cats that go outside, filing their nails on pavement and trees, and i cut them accordingly to that. i've had my latest foster for over 6 months, shes special needs and i can't find the right home. one of her dew claws has grown into her paw and i feel horrible that i didn't trim it in time...i'm thinking i must've missed it during her last trim.
i was wondering, for a cat that never goes outside how often should you trim their nails? and do some cats nails grow faster than others?

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Katie M.
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May 11, 2009

I trim my cat's nails when I feel them getting sharp. It's usually around 2 weeks but sometimes longer or shorter depending on how often he sharpens them. I think it also just depends on the cat.

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Cheyenne D.
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May 06, 2009

I trim my cats' nails every 2-3 weeks, but their nails grow relativley fast

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Gabrielle
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Apr 29, 2009

I trimmed my cats nails with regular human clippers every few weeks or so or when i noticed that they were getting sharp. Also, make sure you a scratching post or something similar in your home.

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Phouka
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Apr 29, 2009

BTW....I trim my cats nails every 2-3 weeks depending .....one of 'em likes to kneed me at night so any sharp points get trimmed! and I always give them treats after....my bathroom counter works well...good lighting and since they both got raised there it is a safe place!!!

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Phouka
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Apr 29, 2009

If her dew claw is growing into her pad you might what to take her to the vet or your foster place. It could be a bit painful for you to trim it and depending on how far it has grown into her pad she may need some antibiotics....better safe than sorry :)

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Mitzi L.
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Apr 28, 2009

I have two in door only cats, 2 years of age. The normal frequency that I trim their nails is every four weeks.

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karla w.
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Apr 28, 2009

you should check the nails every month.

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Amber
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Apr 28, 2009

i dont go by time...when i notice that they feel sharper and pokier than usual when they knead on me, it's time for a trim. if you're worried about cutting to the quick, there's this great product called Quickfinder. it's a bit tricky to use, but it detects the quick so you don't cut too short. they cost about $30. i've never needed them for our cats, it's easy enough to tell where their qucks are, but for my dog, they've been great!

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Nikki M.
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Apr 28, 2009

I have 2 cats and one of them needs her nails clipped every week. I'm still looking for a clipper that will give a good clean cut.I have tried the cheap scissor kind and it leaves the nail chipped. I bought a new one and same problem. Forget pedicure. My cats hated it.Also tried the kind you put thier claw in. She has to much long fur around the nail

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Stevecat511
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Apr 28, 2009

I have always had indoor cats and have cut their nails every 2-3 weeks. I used to have a cat that had to have them done more frequently. So yes, I would say that some cats nails grow more rapidly that others.

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