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bunnyluvr12 December 3rd, 2008 05:41 PM

Kitty has split claws....
Our kitty (less than 1 year old) has claws that are sort of split all the way down and it can cause bleeding if it gets bad; what causes this and what can we do about it? :cat:

ownedbycats December 4th, 2008 11:31 AM

A cat's claws have what is called a quick in the middle (basically a blood vessel) when the claw gets cut or split too close to the quick, it starts to bleed. As to what caused the claw to split, the one cause I know is when the cat uses their claws very intensely, like hauling themselves straight up a tree or telephone pole for several feet as fast as they can. Or trying to claw something that isn't meant to be clawed like cement. But normal sharpening doesn't usually cause split claws. There are probably other causes, maybe someone else will be able to help you with what they might be

jiorji December 4th, 2008 11:44 PM

is it actually split or is the top layer just peeling off? because i trim my cat's nails and they renew themselves and the top layer eventually falls off but for a while it looks like the claw was split in half. No bleeding though

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