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Furniture Quest

Very interesting. Nice to know there's a real purpose other than tearing up furniture. :)

Valerie

Very interesting content here! I knew all this but it's explained so well and so clearly it just makes sense all over again.

Haylee Poe

Well described. Goodjob my man. He was a very patient cat too for you to be tugging on his nails as you were.

taime

A well worded description of the concept with most appropriate diagrams and pics. Thank you, and your sense of humour is also very pleasing. With an extra few descriptions of genetic and evolutionary insight, this is definitely textbook material.

Dan Street

Dittos to the complimentary comments posted May 05, 2011 at 07:44 PM! To quote: "A well worded description of the concept with most appropriate diagrams and pics. Thank you, and your sense of humour is also very pleasing. With an extra few descriptions of genetic and evolutionary insight, this is definitely textbook material."

Ingrid Kvalvik

OMG, that pile from one trimming? Forgive me but I'm trying to get my head around that one. How long after Bob became an inside cat did you wait before you did the trim? I hope that you get alerts when you get a new comment and that you'll get back to me. My older cat (13, indoor ONLY) has mysteriously quit sharpening her claws I think. First thing I noticed was that she was getting her nails caught on the bedspread A LOT. Occasional occurrences are normal. But I'm talking like every step or every other step. I haven't seen her sharpen for some time (month) yet a few claws are sharp so maybe she's become a closet shredder. I've never tried to stop her from doing it on anything so she's not gun shy. I said some of them because they are different lengths. A couple are actually so long that they are curling under and where that's headed is obvious. Any thoughts?

Doc

Hello, Ingrid,

I'm not sure how long Bob had been indoors before they realized he had a problem.

Your note about different lengths suggests that your cat needs a nail trim right away. It is hard to say how often the nails will need attention. When they look long or thick, things are not working normally.

Typically the front claws are a bit longer and more curved than the back claws. However the claws on the back paws should all be about the same size, and all the front claws should be about the same size.

The claws that "don't match" are having a problem.

I have a couple of patients like Bob, only the others don't have every nail affected like he does. I trim their claws even with the foot-pad, then pick off the extra sheaths with my fingernails. So far none of them have required sedation, but they do protest some. They really seem to resent the picking at the excess sheaths.

Time for a toe-nail trim.

Maggie

My beloved Nala is twenty years old now and doesn't scratch any more. I trim her claws but I need a detailed description on how to pick off the old sheaths. She is too old to be safely sedated .

Doc

Hello, Maggie,

I just use my fingernails and start at the outer edge underneath the claw and pick at it. Once you get a couple of the outer sheaths off, you'll see a more normal-looking claw underneath.

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