I have been the 24/7/365 caregiver for a very sick relative for the last 6 months and have been away from home for all but a few hours per week. It has been nearly 2 years of almost 24/7 caregiving and I have had my hands full - not an excuse but an explanation for what is to follow and why I did not see this earlier.
My 14 year old kitty has been showing signs of tenderness in her front paws, I didn't see anything on/in her pads and attributed it to old age/arthritis.
This morning I was home and noticed her favoring her front feet, I took a good look and OMG! Her paw pads are receeding and there looks to be long, curved nails protruding from her paws as if her nails have grown out and inward. She was never declawed. Our vet's office is closed until Monday - emergency services only. I have researched online and can not find anything relative to what I am seeing.
I feel like a dang jerk for not noticing or paying attention earlier but even as I type this I am late to get back to my relative's home for a nurse visit and consult, must go pick up meds and groceries and do PT with my relative.
Does anyone have an idea as to what I am seeing? My poor kitty. I had no clue and now that I have examined her little paws, I am in a panic to ease her pain/discomfort until Monday when the vet office opens.
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I have clipped my cat's claws for years. You just have to be careful not to trim them to far back. If you can hold your cat, just push the claw out from the top of the paw and look for the center part. Do not clip to close to that part. Your cat will thank U...
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You should be able to get her clipped at a PetSmart of Petco Grooming center, if you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself.
I don't understand why she hasn't been working on them herself....so you have a scatching post for her?
As mentioned, you can trim a little of the nails, so that they aren't hitting the pads....until you can get to the Vet.....where you may want to see about having her declawed, if the Vet recommends it.
Don't beat yourself up about this....stuff happens.....and we do the best we can with what we have.....
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Our elderly feline had her claws grow long & around into her pads; she wasn't being active enough in her 19th year to keep the claws naturally trimmed.
I first pulled the claw out of the pad and then used human fingernail clippers to trim the tip of the claw away. Fang usually wasn't receptive to human assistance, but the pain must have weakened her spite.
She willingly accepted the assistance, and happily trotted away after the trimming was complete!
I am soooooooo relieved to read that this is not the horror show that I thought. I am telling you all, I thought it was necrotoic tissue with cartilage exposed until I had time later today to research the skeletal structure of a cat paw. I thought her paws were being eaten by disease and felt faint but had to rush to get my human loved one from the floor after a slide out of bed. I was in a panic.
Papappy, yes of course she has a scratching post which she never uses and two flights of carpeted stairs which she likes to use very much. I find her little toenails all over the house. They must be back claws only.
I would only consider de-clawing to save her life. This particular issue was running through my head today as I was thinking this was a case of MISSING tissue - shudder. But, I do not know if I would do it even then. She is old and it is entirely too horrific to do that to the kitty I love so much.
I did that once to a beloved pet cat. Never, ever, ever again.
Now, the trick is to get her to wear she will let us clip the nails. She is all of 8 lbs and rules the roost around here. She keeps the Lab on his toes but the Dane - she terrifies. For DH she will do anything, for me not so much. She is a Daddy's Girl. So, I am going to vounteer him for the job. I'll hold her, he can do the nails.
Thank you all so very much you will never know how relieved I am after reading your posts.
Cat nails are actually peeled, not so much "sharpened" as we think they are. When they get really thick and overgrown like that, I cut them as far out as possible and then the layers will come apart with a little massaging. Once they are peeled down to a proper claw shape, remove the hook or sharp end. Don't try to get close to the quick as you might with a dog, it makes a mess of it, it sort of peels and splits all over.
If she's food driven, keep some treats nearby and offer them at regular intervals. Bribery does help. I'd have the person she likes hold her rather than the other way around, but will leave that to you to work out.
Hi, I don't imagine you have time to give kitty a bath but if you did, those nails would soften up and clip much more easily. In fact they would also peel, as Susan described. As a matter of fact, I just might take her to a pet groomer and get her the whole spa treatment.
Also, I just want to offer my understanding and appreciation for the care you are giving your family member, bless you for that. We had my mom with us for just short of four years and she died in December at age 93. Although it was difficult for us at times, I am so glad we were able to do it. Don't forget to take care of yourself, too.
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