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Extra claw? on cat's toe

DPL
September 4th, 2005, 04:13 AM
Hey all,
Today I noticed that my 12yr old female DSH tabby, Ashley was holding up one front paw when sitting.
I took a look at her foot and found about a 3mm long "claw" on the end of one of her toes, under the normal claw.
Nothing else looked wrong with her foot, so I assume this is why she's favouring it.
After a few minutes of Google-ing, at this site,
http://www.messybeast.com/poly-cats.html
it looks similar to the lower claw in the left photo a bit more than 3/4 down the page.

As today is Saturday of a long weekend, it'll be a few days until our vet can look.
Just curious if anyone else has seen anything similar??

Thanks in advance
DPL
Victoria BC

BMDLuver
September 4th, 2005, 09:55 AM
It's fairly common and I've known three cats like that. You need to just slowly trim that claw so that it stops getting in the way of her walking. I would have the vet check it out to make sure no infection plus they can probably trim a little closer than you'd be able to. The cat I had like that I had that toe removed while he was under for neutering at the vet's recommendation. As your cat is 12, I would imagine that diligent trimming will be the key. :)