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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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Bitting nails...

My baby Bella is 10 months old. I choose not to declaw any of my cats, but now Bella bites her nails and splits the tops. Is this hurting her? Should I declaw her now or is it to late? I try to keep her nails trimmed but she bite them anyway?? Please help!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 02:11 PM
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nooo no dont declaw her.
Pebbles bites her nails, she does split them but they never seem to cause her pain. She walks fine and her nails are perfectly fine. I think it might just be a habit thing, like us. (btw she is 15 and done it all her life)
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 02:37 PM
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It is perfectly normal for cats to bite their nails. All my 5 cats do it all the time. It is the cat's way of cleaning them.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 02:53 PM
 
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Some cats bite their nails, God only knows why. The split ends can cause some problems when they use those nails to take care of an itch, but clipping the nails every two weeks prevents those problems.

PLEASE, when you think of declawing, also think of this information immediately:
http://declaw.lisaviolet.com/
and inside that information, this article from Dr. Jean:
http://declaw.lisaviolet.com/declawdrjean2.html
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
 
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OK good! I don't want to declaw my kitties, I was just wondering if that would be better for her... but thanks to your responses it sounds normal. Her paws don't seem to hurt her, she doesn't use extra caution when playing or anything. I was just worried she was hurting herself. Now I don't have to worry! Thanks so much guys!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 04:12 PM
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OK good! I don't want to declaw my kitties
thumbs up! good to hear =)

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 06:14 PM
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The "splitting" that you see may just be normal shedding of the nail sheath.
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