Dear Dr. Audrey,
My cat has two claws that won’t retract! I hear them clicking when he walks across the floor. Should I just keep them trimmed or should I be taking any other precaution to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself?
There’s nothing that can be done to make your cat’s nails retract, and I don’t think declawing is a good idea under these circumstances – there can be complications from this surgery and it is very painful. The best option is to just keep trimming them as you need to.
If he is scratching your floor or furnishings then you could put on some Soft Paws. These are soft rubber tips that are glued on a cat’s claws. They cause no pain, and prevent scratching. This may be something you and your cat just have to manage with a set of nail clippers when your boy’s nails get too long. Most cats tolerate a manicure very well, and it shouldn’t cause him too much stress.
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