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Title: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: mycatpaulie on March 27, 2012, 02:38:55 PM
Hi everyone, I have just started to trim my cats nails because taking him to the vet to get it done was stressful but I'm having a little problem.  When I trim his nails you know the little pieces that shed off, he trys to eat them.  As soon as I'm finished triming I try and play with him and his stracher so they come off without him eatting them but sometimes there is more left on is nail that he trys to lick off.  Does anyone know if this is harmful?  Is there a starcher that works best for any of you that will help pull of the extra pieces so he doesn't eat them, he doesn't like the sisel ones only the ones that look like really short outdoor stair carpet.  Please help if you can.




Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: lesliek on March 27, 2012, 03:25:27 PM
Mine like the alpine scratcher made of pressed cardboard. If the nail pieces aren't too big they should pass ok.


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: mycatpaulie on March 27, 2012, 03:35:45 PM
thank you for the reply. i am so worried but i found this....
http://www.our-happy-cat.com/why-does-my-cat-eat-his-nails-after-i-trim-them.html
do u think shes ok


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: alek0 on March 27, 2012, 05:31:38 PM
No reason to worry. Btw, mine also prefer cardboard scratchers, they totally ignored sisal ones, carpet ones so-so. But they just love cardboard scratchers.


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: mycatpaulie on March 28, 2012, 05:12:35 AM
Thank you so much for the replys.  I was so worried especially since the pieces that break off have sharp edges but I'm hoping they just digest in her stomach.  I think I might try new clippers maybe these ones aren't that good, they are new but just from pet smart.  I was looking at her nails today and one seems really short,it's almost to the quick but not totally, she had one caught in the carpet a few days ago so I'm quessing it kind of pulled it out, will this just grow back normal? Thanks again!


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: catbird on March 28, 2012, 05:22:47 AM
The short nail should grow back just fine.  Cats normally shed pieces of their nails when using a scratching surface--they are not just marking territory, but taking care of their nails.  I don't think you need to be concerned about the cat eating pieces, either--one of my cats trims her own nails by biting them!  She is almost 15 years old, has always done it, and has never had any problems from this.

In choosing a scratcher, try offering different angles as well as different surfaces (cardboard, sisal, etc.)  Some cats like to scratch vertically, while others scratch mainly horizontally.

Trimming cat nails does take some practice, and different people prefer different tools.  If the tool you have is causing a lot of splitting, you may want to try a different type.


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: mycatpaulie on March 28, 2012, 06:29:16 AM
Thank you for your help!  I was really worried because when his nails break off they are in that half moon shape so I was worried it might be a problem.  I think I am going to try different clippers and am going to wait until they are very long and just clip off the very tip next time.  The nail that is really short is also very thin, is that ok?  Thanks so much again for your help!  


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: mycatpaulie on March 29, 2012, 04:58:17 AM
Guys I don't know what to think today Paulie woke up and urinated twice alreayd and had two bowel movements one of which was very soft, this is what her symprtoms were before she had the block last time.  Should I call the vet?


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: lesliek on March 29, 2012, 05:19:41 AM
If the symptoms match & Paulie didn't eat any new foods that might have caused it, yes call the vet. I don't believe eating a piece of nail could be responsible for these symptoms, but blockage can be dangerous so don't wait too long to take him in.


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: bug on March 29, 2012, 06:30:42 AM
I'd take Paulie to the vet just to make sure there's no repeat issues going on there. my cat Mr. T does his own nails. When he cleans them, you can hear him snapping his nails with his teeth because he pulls on them so hard. When he lets go, you can hear a snapping sound. He takes care of the nail sheaths this way and has never had a problem.


Title: Re: Cat eats sheds of it's nail
Post by: catbird on March 29, 2012, 07:08:59 AM
I agree with Leslie; the nail pieces are not likely to have caused it, but if these are the blockage symptoms, it should be checked out.

Another thing besides food intolerance that could cause loose stools is stress, especially if the cat has had problems with giardia, worms, etc. in the past.  My daughter's cat is this way.

Sending hopes that it's just something minor.