As a cat owner, you might have seen your feline friends bite their claws many times. I am sure you are so curious about that, right? I used to be in your situation, and I decided to find out the truth. Surprisingly, I learned many interesting things about that. And I would like to share them with you in this post. Let’s explore together! 

In this post today, you will be provided with very useful information about two categories of claw-biting in cats as well as some valuable methods to prevent such behavior. We hope you will enjoy it! 

The category of claw-biting in cats

Usually, claw-biting is a normal behavior in cats. You absolutely see it lots of times. Nevertheless, it is sometimes abnormal and may be a signal of health problems in your feline friends. So, how can we differentiate between normal and abnormal nail-biting? 

  1. Normal claw-biting 

Dr. Carlo Siracusa, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, supposes that claw-biting or chewing occurs when cats groom or clean their paws and nails.

This is a common behavior when your felines want to get rid of litter, dirt, or some other debris. In addition, if their claws are broken or shed, they will have no choice but to biting the nails to get rid of such hanging pieces. Also, he says that the paw pads have a very necessary role in the process of cleaning.

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Even though claw-biting is normal, you may not see it regularly. Don’t feel so strange or worried about that. Your feline friends do that, but just in private places. According to Dr. Siracusa, some cats prefer private areas when biting their claws as they feel more comfortable. Of course, some of you will tell me that your felines just have such behavior in front of you. So, what can we conclude here? Actually, it depends on the types of cats. Some feel comfortable to bite their claws in private places, and some are in contrast which means they can do that in anyplace they like. 

Dr. Siracusa also provides us with another useful piece of information. Felines are rather good at maintaining their claws without too much chewing if there are opportunities for them to scratch. As a result, he suggests equipping several scratching posts or pieces of carpet or other different materials so that cats can scratch those things instead of biting their claws. I believe it is a helpful tip to prevent your cats from claw-biting. 

  1. Abnormal claw-biting

As Dr. Nicolas Dodman, an expert and professor at Tufts University, supposes, nail-biting in cats can fall into excessive and obsessive in some cases. He indicates there are many reasons for such a problem, but the two major ones include injury and anxiety.

According to Dr. Dodman, many different factors can cause your feline friends anxious. Such causes may be other animals in your house, the environment’s challenges, or an unhappy feeling of being alone. So, how can we help our friends to deal with that? The first and foremost thing you need to do is ensuring your cats get enough exercise every day. In case this method does not work for your felines, you can try this one – mood-stabilizing medication. When applying the medication, you should remember that you cannot see any improvements unless carried out in a couple of months. So, be patient if you choose the mood-stabilizing medication. 

About the infections or injuries, he says that bacterial infection may cause your cats to pick at their paws or bite their nails. Also, if the felines contact with some chemicals that contain irritating effects, they will get infections. One more notable thing is that cutting their claws too short will cause infections as there are no more blood vessels to protect your friends. So, we can see that cutting cats’ claws are okay, but don’t make them too short. 

Ways to prevent claw-biting in cats 

Of course, there are lots of methods that have been found to stop cats from biting their claws. You might have referred to them in many different sources. So, here I just share with you some major ways that I think are effective. My friends and I have applied them, and they did work. 

The first method is carrying out a thorough examination to determine what causes claw-biting in your cats. I suppose this is necessary because we need to know the causes before finding the methods to solve it. 

The second way is setting up a routine for your cats, for instance, specific playtime or feeding. Also, make sure to remain such a routine. 

The third way is minimizing their anxiety. Based on the above-mentioned causes of stress in felines, I believe you can limit them and create a peaceful and comfortable feeling for your cats. 

The final method is taking a mood-stabilizing medication, as I have indicated above. 

These methods are quite easy to carry out. Let’s give it a try and let me know the results. I hope it will be good news. 

Summary 

The post has given you the major details about claw-biting in cats, including its category and some ways to prevent it. What do you think about my post, guys? I hope it is useful and helpful to you. Even though it is quite short, I believe it contains enough information for you to get a general understanding. If you have any feedback, please feel free to comment below or contact me. I am always willing to respond to your queries. 

Thanks so much for reading my post, and let’s share it with your friends for their reference. Have a nice day, my friends!

Sources: 

https://www.petmd.com/cat/behavior/nail-biting-cats

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