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Can Cats Get Ingrown Nails? — 7 Comments

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  2. Many years ago we had a cat come into the clinic where I was working with, according to Mom, inability to walk. I took the cat back to the surgery and with the aid of a fellow tech discovered the cat had the newfangled nail covers over her nails and the whole thing grew into the cat’s pads-all nails on all four feet. We managed to cut and remove the mess and make sure we got all the pieces of the nail covers. Soaked the cat’s feet in an epsom salt bath for several minutes. I guess it felt good, as she didn’t want to take her feet out of the bath. Cleaned each pad with an antiseptic, gave her an antibiotic shot and brought her back to Mom. I asked Mom why she didn’t have the nail covers replaced and the cat’s nails trimmed. Her response was that she thought the nail covers would retard the nail growth. With great restraint I didn’t read her the riot act. To my surprise, Mom didn’t have the nail covers replaced and brought her kitty back regularly for a nail trim. My own cats are badly abused domestic and 4 are deaf ferals. They use the many scratching pads and posts and occasionally the rugs. It’s taken many years for some to accept my touching their feet and there are those who would have a fit if I even looked at their feet.

  3. P.S. Michael, I considered trimming my cats’ nail but it was too deep. I can’t (well, I can) believe the shelter adopted him out like that (these guys just don’t care anymore).
    Post P.S. For any newbies, do not give a cat any people medicine especially aspirin which is deadly to them.

    • Thanks Albert. When I cut the offending ingrown claw of my late lady cat I had to take a deep breath beforehand! I knew it would be tricky and tough for her. As usual after it was done she was back to normal in no time.

  4. YES! I adopted a cat from a shelter that had an ingrown nail which had to be removed at the vet. I know how painful the slightest nail problems I have had, and though cats act to hide their pain, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Very painful, and so are dental issues. The last cat I took in for complete dental work, the vet said that a couple of his teeth must have been excruciating, but he never let on. Both of my cats were definitely happier AFTER the surgeries, and that’s what counts.

  5. Very good article, Michael. Ingrown nails in cats are more common than you would think. The treatment is exactly as you stated. Prevention is the key.

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