Cat Ingrown Claw

Any of a cat’s toenail can become an ingrown, but it is the dew-claw that usually become the ingrown nail. The dew-claw is the nail found in a higher position in a cat’s leg. Cats usually wear their claws as they walk around outside including sometimes the dew-claw.

But indoor cats do not have this pleasure, making them more prone to ingrown claws. Also, cats with long fur are vulnerable to this situation because the length of their fur hides the ingrown from sight.


Causes of Ingrown Claws

Ingrown occur when nails aren’t kept in check. When the nails are not trimmed often, they grow long and can have the tendency to curl back – growing into the flesh. This is what makes it painful. The nail can also become damaged or split. It becomes a problem since it causes discomfort to our cats.

  • 1. Pad inflammation and bleeding
  • 2. Licks at the affected area quite a lot
  • 3. Your cat will limp on the affected claw
  • 4. They may hold it up and refuse to walk it down

How to Treat and Prevent Ingrown in Cats?

The best thing we can do for our cats is to have their nails regularly trimmed. Watch out for the dew-claw and make sure to always monitor its growth. The key to preventing an ingrown is to not let it grow at all. But if in any case, the ingrown is inevitable, here are some suggestions on how to treat it!

  • Have your pet sit still – Your cat may not appreciate you touching the ingrown nail as it can get extremely painful. Thus the first thing that you should do is to keep your pet from moving around. Ask help from someone else especially if your cat is of the larger breeds. Having your cat sit still can help avoid unnecessary pain during the procedure and protect itself from possible self-inflicted harm
  • Keep its attention away from the nail – Steer your cat’s attention away from what you are going to do. This will help in having your pet to sit still as you do the trimming of the ingrown. There are a lot of cat toys that will keep your cat occupied while the trimming happens.
  • Constantly check for your cat’s reactions – If you are to trim the ingrown, make sure to look at your pet every now and then to see if your cat is in any pain or not. Adjust accordingly for any signs of pain and discomfort.
  • Put a cone or a muzzle as needed – If your cat has a tendency to bite down, then putting a cone around its neck or a muzzle in the mouth could help, so as to prevent your cat from biting down on you instead. Do not worry, biting is only a redirection of the aggression they are feeling.
  • Use the appropriate clipping tool – While there is nothing wrong in using human toenail clippers, it could become painful for our cats. There are specialized clipping tools made just for them, so that their claws can be easily trimmed with no pain.
  • Sanitize well – Doing so before and after the procedure will prevent infections and complications from developing in the affected area. Clean bleeding paws if necessary.
  • Make sure to be gentle – You might ask, how gentle is gentle? Well, just make your pet more comfortable. Do not force your cat. Wait until it is a bit more relaxed, then you can try to reel lit in for a good trimming session. A frantic cat will only inflict pain and hurt to itself.
  • If you are unable to handle the ingrown nail yourself, you can always opt for a more professional help. Simply ask your vet for an appointment and have it removed there.

Round Up 

A cat ingrown claw may seem to be just a simple minor condition, but something this small can actually cause terrible pain. As cat parents, let us not underestimate conditions such as these because we never know what complications it may bring about to our cats.

Rebecca Welters

Yes, I am that weird cat lady with 200 cats and live in the darkest corner of the city where no one dares to go! Joking! But I am a cat lover and have 2 Ragdoll cats called Toby, he's 3 years old and Dory, she's 8 years old. I'm 36 years old and live in the quiet town of Washington.

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