My Cat has what looks like a split nail thats a bit bloody and kind of smells....

Ive noticed that my cat had blood on her paw and when i looked closer i noticed that her nail seemed almost split with it permanently pointed upwards like she got it caught on something. She's constantly licking it and keepin it clean but theres a slight smell to it. It almost seems as tho the nail cound be pulled off since its split right to the tip but i dont want to just in case. It doesnt seem to be interfering in her everyday life but she wont scratch her ear with that paw. There's no limp tho, so what should i do?

Asked by Member 631533 on May 10th 2008 in Other Health & Wellness
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You should take her to the vet. Torn nails can be very painful and can get infected really easily. They will likely pull the nail off if it can be and start her on some antibiotics. If the area is smelly it's likely already infected which means antibiotics would most definitely be necessary.

Hunter answered on 5/10/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer

Sweet Pea

Your cat needs antibodicts - now! This is to keep the infection that she has from spreading through the rest of her body and maybe killing her. Take her to a vet. Often time people think that a vet is tooooooo high and often times they are right. Let your fingers do the walking in the yellow pages and find a vet you can afford.

THE VET IS THE BEST - but here are some tips you might be able to use before going to the vet - Cover the the bad nail area with a napkin or clean, soft cloth to stop the blood & puss from getting everywhere. Get a small bowl and fill it with flour. Remove the napkin then dip your cat's bleeding foot into the bowl, hold it for a few seconds. Take it out, carefully and gently wipe off the flour surrounding the nail in about 10 to 15 minutes. Use lukewarm water to wash off any remaining flour. Don't use cold water as it will make it sting.

The quick area is very painful and just because kitty isn't rolling in pain doesn't mean she's not.

Sweet Pea answered on 5/11/08. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer