Originally Posted by emmylou
You don't have to do it. If the claws aren't bothering you and the cat is a good scratching-post user, there's no reason to.
Generally owners clip the claws because of issues like furniture damage or getting scratched. Since you're not having those, there's no medical or health reason. Most people don't clip a cat's back claws, for instance.
I disagree. Bijou has gotten his claws caught on my husband's amp and could not get the claw free without help. If we had not been there at that precise moment I have no doubt that he would have panicked and pulled hard enough to damage his claw very badly. Our cats do not scratch our furniture and never had, do have and use scratching posts, but do STILL need to have their claws clipped.
Originally Posted by Arlyn
I hate to disagree with the above posters, but IMO it is a must to keep indoor only cats' claws trimmed.
I've witnessed first hand the damage a cat can do to themselves when overly long claws get caught on something and the cat panics.
As I said above, Bijou got his claw stuck and it was scary for both of us. One time he had both dew claws bleeding so we assumed he got them stuck somewhere and had pulled really hard to get free.
Last week during my voluntary work at the shelter, one of the caged cats kept getting her claws caught in the blanket on the bottom of her cage. I took her out and clipped her claws for her and it made a huge difference for her.
There is also the issue of the claws possibly growing into their paw pads.
IMHO, it is one of the things we can do for our cats that will make their lives easier. It also makes it nicer for me when Bijou stands up on my leg for loving and his claws don't sink into my thigh.