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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 01:52 AM Thread Starter
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claws showing when retracted

Is it normal for claws to stick out this far when they're retracted? One of Celia's claws has always protruded a little, but I don't remember seeing one claw on each foot sticking out like this, or this far. Just wondering if this is common.

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Hi Spirite!
Those claws look like they're on Celia's back feet?
To me, a bit of a trimming is in order!
My kitties get their back claws trimmed, as well as their front ones, especially since the boys, when they wrestle, like to 'rabbit' kick each other!
Also one of the things I've noticed, is when cats get to be seniors, their claws can start thickening, and getting more brittle...
So even more important, to keep them trimmed!
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Mine do (well, I mean my cat's claws stick out.) I also take it as a hint they need a trim.
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Most of mine have one or two claws that don't retract as much as the others but they do look long. This does become more pronounced with age.
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Both my cats have a couple claws that never retract.
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Thanks everyone. Aha. I was wondering if it had something to do with age. Wow, I've never even attempted to do the back claws... Do your vets routinely do all of the claws? I think mine have only done the front ones. From now on, I'll ask to have all of her claws trimmed when we go in.

Actually, we're going to the vet tomorrow anyway, so she'll get a manicure and a pedicure.
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How old is Celia?

My 17-year-old lady has the same thing... on ALL her back claws ;} All of them stick out; I've asked my vet about it (because it freaked me out) and she said it's totally normal for older kitties, and it's harmless.

I trim Wintressia's back claws even though she's outdoors during the day - otherwise they start to grow all croggled and start to touch her pawpads :/

p.s., Win's claws have also started to look ... really scrofulous, for lack of a better term They're yellowish, thick, and overall look pretty gross. They're also very brittle. I asked my vet about these aspects as well and she said, again, it's normal in older cats. So if you see Celia's claws start to look a bit more aged or brittle, it's likely nothing to worry about :}


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Yep, definitely normal. I have to trim my overweight senior's back nails because they get a bit too long otherwise.

Thankfully my kittens are still young and active enough to deal with their back paws themselves.

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Thanks for your responses. It makes sense - it's the same with humans: nails thicken and yellow as we age.

So I have gross-looking claws to look forward to... (and gross-looking nails, for me)

LakotaWolf, Celia is about 15.5 years old, so she's getting on in years. And she's never been good about personal hygiene (eyes are always gunky, butt is never clean), so I'll just add claw care to the list of things I have to help her with.
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Spirite,
My Grandma Callie, who's 16 now, has very thick, but brittle claws, I keep all of hers trimmed, so she doesn't snag up on anything, and hurt herself...

It also sounds like a 'potty patch' trim, would help Miss Celia's rear end cleanliness!!
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