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Is it true that when you don't trim a cat's claws, they will eventually grow back into the foot the other way, or is this a myth? Is there any reason to trim the claws, other than to keep them short to eliminate unwanted scratching of humans, furniture, other cats?
Trimming my kitties claws is such a pain because they don't like it and squirm. I have to do a few at a time and even then I have to catch them in the right mood. I would rather just not do it as often, since they mostly use their scratching post to claw on. I just wondered if it would have any negative effects on them?
 

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Sounds like a myth to me, but I can't say for sure.

If you don't mind the sharp claws, I'm sure they'll be fine as long as your cats have a way of naturally filing them down... and it sounds like they do.
 

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If your cats claws are not trimmed, they can and will grow excessively long. Causing the cat to try and remove the claws themselves. I've had this happen, I would know. Also, when their claws get to long, it makes it most uncomfortable to walk and will get in their way.
 

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Should I be trimming the back claws also? I have only done front, because I heard that was all you had to do. Getting their back claws done is impossible, they have never let me do that.
 

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When a cat's claws are allowed to get too long, they constantly get hung up in rugs, blankets, and such. Personally, none of my cats like to have their claws trimmed, so, I take mine to the vets for claw trimming as it is usually a 2-person job. It doesn't cost too much, and besides, they can run and play without having me to get up and release their paws from blankets and rugs.
 

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I do trim my cats back claws as well b/c sometimes they use me as a launching pad and it hurts! I havent gotten around to clipping the past few weeks and trust me, my cats hate it too especially Twinkie. I get them done while he is sleepy and he is such a wiggle worm. Sometimes if I dont do it for a long time it will get soooo long, if you cant do it, then take it to the vet or like Petco, it's pretty cheap too. Good luck! :wink:
 

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I can ususally get 3 or 4 nails done per week on each cat. More if I am really watching to catch them sleepy. But I never do the back because they won't let me touch their back legs at all. Maybe I'll see if I can work my way up by getting them to not freak out when I touch their back paws first?
I'd rather not have to take them to a vet to get nails trimmed but will if I really need to.
 

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I trim all four paws too. My cat (for some unknown reason) enjoys it and falls asleep while I trim his nails! ODD! :shock:
 
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