Claw stuck in paw pad

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I noticed my female cat Ivory started limping a little bit and when she is sitting she doesnt put any pressure on her one paw. So my mom and I checked it out. Well it seems like her claw has either grown into her paw pad or it broke off part way and got stuck in the pad. I've made an appt. to go to vet doc today. I heard it was a pretty common thing in cats that have not been declawed. Ever experienced it? or taken your cat to the vet for it? Any ideas of cost? Will she have to be sedated? Any input anyone could give me will be great.
 

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Depending on if it will require surgery to remove the claw will determine if they will have to put her to sleep for the procedure. I've never heard of this happening. Its always a good practice to routinely keep the nails clipped. I usually clip my cats claws every other week. One of my girls has claws that grow fast and sharp so I have to keep up with her.
 

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My Molly came to us as a stray and one of her claws had grown so long it was into a pad and she was also limping. The vet just clipped it and had us keep an eye on it.
 

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Yours is a very good example of why its important to trim nails! Sometimes the nails grow so long, that they do grow into the pad.

Hope your baby is ok...never happened to me as I trim nails on a regular basis and check them.
 
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45

Yours is a very good example of why its important to trim nails! Sometimes the nails grow so long, that they do grow into the pad.

Hope your baby is ok...never happened to me as I trim nails on a regular basis and check them.
She is an outside kitty, so i didnt think it was necessary to trim nails. She always scratches her claws outside and inside on her scratching post.
 

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It is always a good idea to check their claws.
Molly was a polydactyl, so her extra claw always needed special attention.
 

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I have a cat where half her paws have nail type things growing out of them in the opposite direction. Like they are coming out of the pad curving up to the direction of where the real nail is. If that makes sense, it doesn't seem to ever hurt her at all.
 

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When I got my outside cat Josie she had her "thumb" nail grown so long that it had stuck into her paw pad. I just snipped it off halfway to the pad, and pulled the end out. It bled one little drop and healed up just fine.

Be sure to clip those thumb nails, too!
 

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Originally Posted by jendoeluvncats

She is an outside kitty, so i didnt think it was necessary to trim nails. She always scratches her claws outside and inside on her scratching post.
You should always keep an eye out anyway... scratching on indoor posts only sharpens those claws really, haha... I'd personally never have an outdoor or indoor/outdoor kitty, but if I were you, I'd be doing a quick once-over of your kitty probably daily to look for anything out of the ordinary.... you NEVER know what they could get themselves into outside and a little look could save you from bigger problems later
 

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It's not actually a common thing at all, except in old/sick cats who don't keep their claws groomed the way they should. Either way, it's easily prevented by routinely checking the claws and trimming them as needed. Certainly, this is far more humane than declawing!

As for the procedure, it's probably going to be very straightforward. She may or may not need to be lightly sedated for the procedure. They'll probably send her home in a few hours at most, with a prescription for antibiotics. It should be pretty simple overall.
 
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