Cats and Ingrown Nails

infected nail
Ingrown cat nail

As a cat owner, it’s essential to be vigilant in managing your furry companion’s nail growth. Regular nail trims are necessary to maintain your pet’s health and well-being.

In the wild, felines have access to activities like tree climbing, which naturally keeps their nails at a healthy length. However, our domesticated cats lack such opportunities. Without sufficient exercise to naturally wear down their nails, it’s crucial to provide them with regular access to scratching posts and to monitor their nail growth to prevent overgrowth.

Moreover, overgrown nails in cats can lead to ingrown nails, where the nails curl around and grow back toward the paw pad, puncturing it. These sharp tips can cause extreme pain, discomfort, and often infection for your pet. Notably, ingrown nails are most common on dewclaws but can occur on any nail.

Ingrown nail sings

There are some signs to keep an eye out for in your pet are:

• Swelling and inflammation of the pad, toe and foot
• Chewing, biting or licking at the toe
• Sensitivity when the foot is touched
• Limping or favoring the foot
• Bleeding from the foot’s pad
• Reduced activity
• Nail visibly grown around and embedded in the pad
• Curved nail
Please take this concern seriously and book an appointment with your local veterinarian as soon as possible. The injury needs to be addressed immediately to ensure the comfort and health of your cat is maintained. If left untreated, it can be very detrimental to your furry little feline, even causing lameness in severe cases.
If your cat is uncomfortable during nail trimming at home, please do visit your local veterinarian as they can perform the nail trim for you with trained staff – the main goal is to keep the nails at a healthy length so that no problems or injuries arise.