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Q: Why is my cat biting her nails and how do I get her to stop?

November 9, 2008 | By adrienne l. | 6 answers | Expired: 2194 days ago

adrienne l.

My cat's claws aren't overly long as I trim them every now and then. However, lately she's been biting them and pulling at them with her teeth on a regular basis. It drives me nuts. I'm wondering why she does it and is there a way to keep her from doing it?

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Nov 09, 2008

Cats do this as part of grooming and nail care. They clean them that way and also remove dead sheaths. I know it sounds horrible when they are doing it, but there is no cause for concern, unless she is focusing on one toe, and if there is blood or swelling.

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deb
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deb

Nov 09, 2008

My cats also did that, I agree with Ellen, it is just normal grooming process for the cats.

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Brigette R.
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Nov 09, 2008

Ellen is exactly right. Cats' nails grow in length and in layers. Over time the outer layer starts to fall off and this can create discomfort for the cat as it starts to shed so he/she bites the outer layer to pull it off.

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