July 2011 Issue

The Importance of Claw Care

Claws that are allowed to grow too long can pose a health threat to a cat and its owner, as well. Here’s why.

The typical cat will spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping and as much as 50 percent of its waking hours meticulously grooming itself. In addition to persistently licking its coat in order to keep it clean and free of dirt and parasites, the animal will pay special attention to its claws, which serve it well as invaluable tools and, when the need arises, as formidable weapons. "A cat in the wild uses its claws for a wide variety of purposes," says William Miller, VMD, medical director at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

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