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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-23-2004, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Her claws seem unusually "thick"

I was clipping Pfeffa's nails the other day and noticed that on one of her front feet her claws are really thick looking - they're big - much bigger than her other foot - not particularly long, though. Other than their thickness, they look normal.

She seemed to resist my prodding as I poked about to look at them, so I'm thinking they might be especially sensitive.

The cats are scheduled for a vet visit next week, and I'll ask about it then, but in the meantime - does anyone have any thoughts on what's going on with them?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 02:15 PM
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I have a cat with odd nails. He seems to get this waxy buildup around the sheathes and the ones that aren't waxy are weird in other ways, sometimes they do appear much thicker than other claws. He also gets weird growths on his toe pads. The nail covering oddities do seem sensitive for him, while the toe pad growths are not). If I try to 'shuck' off the weird claw stuff he cries so I just clip off the sharp points quickly and leave it go.

I did take him to the vet one time for an emergency look at this early on (we were leaving on vacation and his thumb claw looked really strange). They just clipped it off and showed me that it was the outside husk that was weird, the claw was fine.

I do think it's wise to ask your vet though.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-24-2004, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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Huh. That sounds really weird - did they tell you what caused his claws to form that waxy buildup?

I'm so nervous that I'll hurt her poor little feet if I attempt to trim them, but she's "sticking" to the carpet when she walks and it's very sad. So I may have to make an attempt this weekend, just to snip the very tips, if possible.

Will definitely bring this up with the vet.
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