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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Sadie is sucking on her claws

Hi all,
Our adopted cat Sadie has become more and more comfortable with us in the last few months. Now she sleeps in our bed every night and cuddles on the couch. This is great, however an odd behavior has accompanied her comfort. She has begun sucking in her toenails when she gets very comfy. She curls up and purrs like crazy, sucking rhythmically on one or two nails. She does not appear to be irritating herself. No raw skin, no biting, but it's odd. I wonder if it's a comfort thing, like sucking her thumb.

Has anyone seen this before? Should I be concerned?
thanks.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 01:59 PM
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Re: Sadie is sucking on her claws

I've heard of this before - it's the same as kids sucking their thumbs

I would only worry if overtime she begins to wear away at the skin on her paws, so just keep an eye on her.

Also check her nails because I've seen cats suck or bite at their nails when they are too long.

That sounds super cute though - I think we need a picture!
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Sadie is sucking on her claws

Thanks. It IS cute! I'll work on getting a good picture.
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