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Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: December 11, 2018 07:52PM
It hasn’t been like this originally, and I didn’t see it the last time I trimmed her claws three months or so ago. She’s not limping, licking it or giving it extra attention. No sensitivity in the area; I was even able to trim the more normal ‘nail’ portion without fuss. Thoughts?


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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: richorlin
Date: December 11, 2018 08:16PM
Don't ask us...ask your vet.



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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 11, 2018 08:44PM
Hard to say from this angle... but could it be the "sheath" of that claw that got shed, but is still hanging on?

Keep an eye on it for a few days... if it falls off, it was probably that.
If it doesn't, take better pics and send 'em to Kitty's vet.



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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 11, 2018 09:35PM
Will she let you give it a gently tug?
As Paul said, it might be the sheath that came off then caught caught in her fur.
If it is the sheath, it should pull off easily.





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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: $tevie
Date: December 11, 2018 10:20PM
Another vote for the top portion being the sheath. My cat has lost two of them in the last month, but he's also 18 1/2 years old so I thought maybe it was an old man thing.



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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: December 12, 2018 12:08AM
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rgG
Will she let you give it a gently tug?
As Paul said, it might be the sheath that came off then caught caught in her fur.
If it is the sheath, it should pull off easily.

It'll be easy to tell if it's not a shed sheath... 'cause, you know, she'll make you bleed for pulling on it... shiner smiley



Paul F.
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A sword never kills anybody; it is a tool in the killer's hand. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca c. 5 BC - 65 AD
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Good is the enemy of Excellent. Talent is not necessary for Excellence.
Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Eureka, CA
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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: December 12, 2018 06:23AM
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Paul F.
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rgG
Will she let you give it a gently tug?
As Paul said, it might be the sheath that came off then caught caught in her fur.
If it is the sheath, it should pull off easily.

It'll be easy to tell if it's not a shed sheath... 'cause, you know, she'll make you bleed for pulling on it... :shiner

Yes. Yes she will.

I’m going to give it a closer exam this morning. Initial gentle tugging on both yielded neither release nor stitches.

A vet consult is in the offing, just thought I’d run it past the MRF Hive Mind in the meantime.
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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 12, 2018 06:55AM
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Blankity Blank
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Paul F.
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rgG
Will she let you give it a gently tug?
As Paul said, it might be the sheath that came off then caught caught in her fur.
If it is the sheath, it should pull off easily.

It'll be easy to tell if it's not a shed sheath... 'cause, you know, she'll make you bleed for pulling on it... :shiner

Yes. Yes she will.

I’m going to give it a closer exam this morning. Initial gentle tugging on both yielded neither release nor stitches.

A vet consult is in the offing, just thought I’d run it past the MRF Hive Mind in the meantime.

Let us know what the vet says.





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: Bixby
Date: December 12, 2018 07:05AM
One of my cats has those outgrowths from a couple of her pads, though not as severe. I forget what they're called, but my vet said they're harmless.
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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: Janit
Date: December 12, 2018 07:22AM
Horned paws:
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Cutaneous horns:
[veterinarycalendar.dvm360.com]

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Cutaneous horns

Cutaneous horns are composed of keratin overgrowth. They may affect one or multiple footpads. Often thin and horn-like (hence the name), they may appear like second "nails" close to the nails on the digital pads. If not on a weight bearing surface, these lesions usually do not cause lameness. If on the plantar surfaces of the pads, they may cause discomfort in walking.

Cutaneous horns may be spontaneous, and this is often the case on the footpads. Horns are also associated with papillomavirus infection, FeLV, and squamous cell carcinoma. Diagnosis of the condition is usually based on the appearance of the lesions. Affected cats should be tested for FeLV because this is an easy rule-out diagnosis. Single horns associated with scaly skin lesions should be biopsied to rule out SCC.

If the horns are not causing lameness the lesions are often ignored. The horny growth can removed by trimming, however, the horns will often recur. Horns causing discomfort should be removed and, if it is possible to do so without causing a large pad defect, the base of the lesion should be excised to prevent re-growth.



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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: December 12, 2018 08:21AM
Thanks Bixby and Janit, that seems about right. I’ll see what the final word is from the vet is.
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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: rgG
Date: December 12, 2018 04:22PM
Thanks for posting that info. I had no idea about those.





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Re: Cat owners, has anyone ever seen a claw (toe?) like this? (Not gross)
Posted by: $tevie
Date: December 12, 2018 09:23PM
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rgG
Thanks for posting that info. I had no idea about those.
Ditto!



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