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Old 12-16-2012, 11:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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One of my cats has a problem with his claws, or rather I have a problem with them as if he every walks on me or anyone else his claws poke through your clothes and his claws get stuck in them. He also gets his claws stuck on bedsheets & other items. There is a scratching post of rope and also a a couple of cardboard scratching blocks. My other cat doesn't have any problems with his claws.
do I need to buy a clipper and trim back his claws? I didn't think cats needed claw trimming but I'm about to do that since at this point I can't even hold him unless I keep his feet away from me.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Most cats do need their claws trimmed. It's painful to us, and can be dangerous for them. They can get their claws caught in screen doors and windows, among other things. If you've never done it before, you can take your cat to a groomer or your vet and have them show you how. It's MUCH easier with two people. I can only get my girls' front claws.

Also, in extreme instances, their claws can curl and grow into their paws.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Also, in extreme instances, their claws can curl and grow into their paws.
This almost happened to one of my cats when I got lazy about trimming. I noticed that her paw looked funny and when I tried to spread her paw out, one claw seemed like it was stuck to the paw pad. I took her to the vet who said if it had gone just a couple more days, it would have been ingrown and fixing that would have been a much bigger deal than just keeping her claws trimmed.

I've only ever been able to do the front claws too.

The nail sheath will shed naturally when a cat scratches, but the claw usually gets too long before then.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks for the info, i'll get the claws trimmed.
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Old 12-17-2012, 07:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Most cats do need their claws trimmed. It's painful to us, and can be dangerous for them. They can get their claws caught in screen doors and windows, among other things. If you've never done it before, you can take your cat to a groomer or your vet and have them show you how. It's MUCH easier with two people. I can only get my girls' front claws.

Also, in extreme instances, their claws can curl and grow into their paws.
My buddy's cats was almost at this stage, luckily I went to his home for thanksgiving and he is going to get their claws trimmed. Definitely sounds like you need to have his claws trimmed. I check my kitties every couple of days and catch any long ones that are starting to grow.
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Old 12-17-2012, 04:19 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How old is your cat? As cats age, especially, some cats can't completely retract their claws any more.
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