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NON-retracting Claws

June 30th, 2007, 09:29 AM
Hi! My older, but much beloved, 14 year old cat no longer seems to retract his claws. I can hear him catching on the carpet as he walks. Is this a normal older cat behavior?

Thanks for all input!

June 30th, 2007, 09:43 AM
My Crunchie has the same problem; I just cut them once a month to help her from sticking to the carpet. Outcats use tress to file down their nails but indoor cats are not always successful infiling them down.
Is your cat an indoor cat? I find that a baby nail cutter works best.

June 30th, 2007, 11:11 AM
He goes in and out at will through our "win-door" cat door, but doesn't walk about on concrete or anything. Usually just hangs out on the deck, sunning himself.

How old is your cat?


July 1st, 2007, 01:17 PM
Crunchie is ~15 years old. It took her awhile to like the nail cutting ritual, but she now understands that she can run alot faster without getting her claws stuck in the carpet.