06 May 2012

Senior Cat Claws

Senior cats' claws thicken due to decreased activity. They scratch less which makes it difficult for them to shed their claws properly.
Dirt and fur trapped underneath their claws plus the increased thickness makes it less retractable just like Cinders' Dew Claw ('thumb' claw) here.

Unless the claws are trimmed, walking will become difficult. Untrimmed claws may grow into the pads causing pain.

36 comments:

magiceye said...

interesting

Maneki Neko said...

Excellent advice. Thanks!

Linens and Royals said...

I immediately checked my cats claws, so far all is o.k. They wear their clawas down while demolishing my furniture while I look on thinking they are so cute.

Old Kitty said...

Hugs to Cinders! Hope she feels better after a trim!! Yay! Take care
x

Tia and Millie said...

Thank you so much for stopping over for my gotcha day!

Marg said...

Gosh, we sure didn't know that. I will have to check all the old folks's nails. Thanks for the info.

Catherine said...

I was wondering why Banjo's claws were so thick. He's older, and he's an indoor cat. I do keep them trimmed though so that's good.

Thanks for the information!
xo Catherine

Katie Isabella said...

That is very interesting. Mine are fine in texture and needle sharp. Mom waited 7 weeks for this last trim and by then, I was sticking to the carpet. I enjoy not having to stick everywhere I go. My sisfur Admiral was a senior and hers were cut at the Vet's too. So she never got a chance to over grow since she was there so much due to her two illnesses. xoxox

Brian said...

I did not know that and that was good info!

The Island Cats said...

We didn't know that either. Our mom had a cat before us whose claw did grow a little into the pad which resulted in a v-e-t visit.

Sylvia K said...

What great information! Thanks for sharing it!

Hannah and Lucy said...

We didn't realise that - none of our "before" cats have had this problem - is it because they go outside here?
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

FURKIDSMOM said...

We didn't know that! We all had clippy claws done the other night!!


The Florida Furkids and Lexi

Gattina said...

That's true, I remember when Lisa was getting old (she made it up to 19 years) I had to cut her claws they were so long !

Sharon Wagner said...

Ouch!

Kay L. Davies said...

Ooh, EJ, just the thought of the claw growing into the pad of the cat's foot makes me cringe. How dreadful. Very helpful information here, even though we now have a dog instead of cats.
K

m.q said...

we'll make sure our claws are well trimmed..purss

BoBo Salem
Meow Meow Family

Boo-Bah AKA Iris said...

I worry about this with my Peanut. He will not let anyone touch his nails. Not even the vet can do it.

Max the Quilt Cat said...

What a great tidbit... Thanks for the info.

pawhugs, Max

ABBY said...

Wow that is just like humans!!
Very interesting.
purrs
>^,,^<
♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥

Arti said...

Never knew this. Hope you have a nice week:)

Vilt og vakkert said...

Mjau, mjau
Hope your claw soon will be recovered, so you can run and walk normally!

Mjaugreetings from Sia

Marie said...

I did not know this but it's good information to know about -- especially as our one kitty MacKayla the Empress is getting older (not that we say such a thing around her :-)

Visiting from Cats on Tuesday

meowmeowmans said...

Thank you for letting us know. Sammy's claws are senior and thick, so we try to rime them on a regular basis.

Au and Target said...

I started trimming AU's claws about a year ago. I cut them when he starts sticking to the bed sheets and the sofa but I'm careful to shape them so they still have their sharp curvy-ness.

Great post!

We love LUNA said...

It's terrible!Poor little friend!
I imagine how difficult it is to walk around.
Luna

Amin said...

Helllo! Helpful advice!

Barbara said...

We've notice this with Mrs P, I got the vet to trim her claws last time we were there as they were catching on the rug when she walked!

zongrik said...

that does look painful. does that happen to dogs too?

hector and the hawk

zongrik said...

that does look painful. does that happen to dogs too?

hector and the hawk

i beati said...

mighty interesting

Amin said...

Have a wonderful days!

catsynth said...

Great advice. Poor Cinders. Glad she is getting groomed to avoid the claws growing into pads - sounds painful.

Luna is an indoor cat, and still does quite a bit of scratching activity (mostly in sanctioned locations), but perhaps I should keep a lookout for this?

Purrfect Haven said...

lovely to visit and always helpful to learn about cat care. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

Arti said...

Hope you have a fabulous Sunday. Take Care.

Cindy said...

Rosie gets those and we struggle to clip them and sometimes have to take her to the vet to clip them.