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The Worst Feeling Ever [Aug. 31st, 2007|08:49 am]
Lanette
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Remember how I posted about both cats having soft paws? Before moving last week I checked Ashley's soft paws. They weren't falling off like expected and were a bit long, but she seemed ok and I was hoping they would fall off so I could replace them, but she's really hard to get her nails clipped and I couldn't get them off, so I was going to give it a few weeks since she was already freaked out about packing and moving. Besides, I can't do it by myself and Craig wasn't there.

Since we've moved to the new house she's been sulky and mean because of Midnight and I didn't want to upset her more as they are just adjusting. Last night, finally, I got her on my lap and Midnight was up by my head. I was petting her and finally she relaxed enough that I could check her nails. OH MY GOD! I've never felt so awful in my life. In one week her soft paws grew into her paw on 2 nails to the point her paw was bloody!! I panicked, wrapped her in a towel, and Craig helped me cut the way overgrown soft paws off. I just started crying and felt nauseated all night. I'm not putting the soft paws on her again. Screw it. They can tear up the furniture. If they can do that in one and a half weeks from the last time I checked them? I feel like the worst pet owner ever. Much of the soft paws wasn't just about the furniture, but to make sure the cats couldn't really hurt eachother. Well, now they aren't hurting each other, so no more of them. I just feel so bad that I accidentally hurt my cat. It's sickening. She seems better today and I'm keeping an eye on her. If they start looking bad at all we are going to the vet.
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[User Picture]From: vivaine666
2007-08-31 04:08 pm (UTC)
No WONDER she was being so crotchety! My poor kitty niece. I'm sure she will be fine. And although she probably didn't like the process, I'm sure that she's grateful to have those things off and is glad you removed them.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 04:11 pm (UTC)
She seems better already this morning. She still is grouchy as ever and not a fan of Midnight. I thought the reason she wasn't walking around as much was because she was mad about the move and Midnight. It's hard to tell because of the crazy changes she's been through lately.
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[User Picture]From: divarenee
2007-08-31 04:26 pm (UTC)
Poor kitty!

I don't understand though, how did they grow into her paws?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 04:52 pm (UTC)
Well, cats are supposed to shed their claws naturally, so the soft paws SHOULD come off on their own, but Ashley is really old. Anyhow, hers didn't shed. I tried to pull on them lightly to get them off, but they didn't budge and I didn't want to hurt her. I figured I would have to cut them off, but didn't want to until after she first met Midnight so she couldn't hurt him. I checked them, and though they looked long, they were ok right before we moved.

They grew SO long that they ingrew into her paw in less than 2 weeks and I just found out yesterday. They ingrew as in made almost a full circle! I don't think this would happen on a young cat because their nails shed naturally.
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[User Picture]From: divarenee
2007-08-31 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ouch! So you think the soft paws prevented her nails from shedding?

I'm lucky, one of ours is declawed and the other is docile enough that he lets me trim them periodically, but he doesn't take to the furniture rgardless (it's more a question of him snagging my clothes when he jumps into my lap.)
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what prevented them from shedding, but the soft paws sit on top of the nails, so that makes them longer than they would naturally be. It is normal for older cats to not shed their nails as often, and she is 16, so really old. She will scratch up all of the furniture, but now that I know her nails don't shed normally and she could get hurt, I won't be putting anything on her claws and I'll just be trimming them instead.
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[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-08-31 07:51 pm (UTC)

Do they have a scratching post?

We spend about $150 every six months to buy a large-scale cat "condo" where they can scratch their nails to their hearts' content. And, we put sticky tape on the furniture to discourage inappropriate nail sharpening.

The condo works great for them to remove their old nails, and we try to get something that matches the carpet, so we don't see the carpet shreds.

I'm sorry for Ashley, but don't beat yourself up too badly. You didn't know, and you'd never intentionally hurt your kitty kid.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 07:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Do they have a scratching post?

Many many posts for Ashley including by the furniture she likes to scratch, and I've tried the double sided tape which ruined my last furniture as it never came off. Anyhow, she prefers to scratch the furniture anyhow over any scratching post/system I've tried, and at this point it's like more than 10. I've tried the cat nip, ect. The soft paws worked, but in her case since her nails don't shed naturally often enough it hurt her, so I give up. She'll still have her unused scratching posts and shred the couches too.
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[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-08-31 07:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Do they have a scratching post?

Well, some cats are just plain onery. I have had a few like that.

Try not to beat yourself up too badly. I didn't catch the tumor on Emma's leg for months, and neither did the vet who saw her last month.

You caught it when you did, and you took care of it when you found it.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 07:59 pm (UTC)

Re: Do they have a scratching post?

My furniture isn't more important to me than my cats. That's the choice I made when I got a cat. I'd like to have both my cats and nice furniture, but ultimately, when it comes down to it, the cats matter more.
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[User Picture]From: kanderson321
2007-08-31 09:19 pm (UTC)

Re: Do they have a scratching post?

I hope I'm not coming across as being critical. I'm not trying to be critical, not by any means.

I just didn't see any mention of scratching posts, so I thought I'd ask.

I apologize if I'm not being clear. I'll just have to chalk it up to posting while in pain.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 09:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Do they have a scratching post?

Oh, sorry, I didn't think you were being critical. I never mention them because she never uses them even though they exist. She never has.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgirl
2007-08-31 04:39 pm (UTC)
you should probably just take her to the vet anyway, just in case - it is so easy for kitty feet to get infected, what with being in the litter box and all.

believe me, i know - it took us 1 1/2 months to get rid of an infection my malachi got from her surgery incisions.

i'm so glad you caught this sooner than later.

and yes, soft paws are the devil - they will never touch my kitties.

*comfort*
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 04:51 pm (UTC)
I am keeping my eye on her. At this point, for an old cat, she's been through so much in the last few weeks. I did put out a post looking for referrals to a good vet in the area.
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[User Picture]From: graphxgrrl
2007-08-31 05:15 pm (UTC)
My parents take their cat to a place in Issaquah actually, as there are no "cat only" vets in Maple Valley. My mom mention once that there's a place in Four Corners that has different doors for cats and dogs so might have half a practice more focused on cat health.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2007-08-31 05:27 pm (UTC)
I felt totally burned by my last "cats only" vet, so I actually prefer a normal vet who will be more moderate in giving care. The last "vets" specialized in one special feline disease and tried everything they could to prove that every single cat the saw had it so that they could treat it at expensive prices even if the cat was healthy. They were convinced that eventually every cat gets it if they live long enough, but it makes cats THIN, and Ashley so is not thin. I'm afraid to get into another rip off situation. I want my cat to get treated, not for them to look for problems that aren't a problem really for her.
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