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loads of blood on my carpet

post #1 of 13
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My cat came in last night after fighting with his nail hanging off, he then came in and ate his food, drank water and didn't seem to car (it's no longer a baige carpet, now red). This morning he seems a little distracted and quiet. There was a lot of blood and the nail is still there. Should I try to remove the nail, will it heel up or grow another and push the old one out??
The vet won't tell me what to do without looking at him (which costs £22 just to see him).
Could something like this get infected??
This can't be an uncommon thing?
Thanks in advance
post #2 of 13
It can definitely get infected. He should see the vet asap.
post #3 of 13
PLease get him to the vet and don't try to remove the nail yourself! This could very easily get infected!!!!
post #4 of 13
Sounds as though your cat is used to being let outside. In the first place, please keep your cat safe (this means strictly indoors). Also, if he's fighting, I'm assuming that he's not neutered. Do take him to the vet as soon as possible to get that claw looked at, and please consider having him neutered as well. This will prevent more unwanted litters of kittens.
post #5 of 13
Yes, a paw on a cat is very likely to get infected, often resulting in death if untreated, or an amputation if not treated immediately. Lots of bacteria on the ground, not to mention in the litter box.
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 
He is only just about a year old and he has been neutered he is very much an outdoor cat but only in the day he is never out all night seeing as he has been used to going out for a while it would be very difficult to change him to an indoor cat it would just not be possible and would make my cat very unhappy. however i def agree with him staying in more!
vets appointment has been made for the morning just thought i would ask you guys first as dont want to be paying vets bill that may not be required!
thanks for your help
post #7 of 13
good luck and keep us posted!!!!!
post #8 of 13
Actually, keeping a cat indoors, especially a neutered one, isn't all that difficult. They might fuss at first, but they get over it, and I've never met a cat who understood when I tried to explain about dogs, cars, and cruel people.
post #9 of 13
Folks, the OP is in England and they let their cats outside. Some shelters will not even adopt out to them if they say they are keeping the cat inside only.
post #10 of 13
Is that the same country that has outlawed declawing?

I guess cultures differ, after all. And cars and dogs and cruel people don't kill cats there.
post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by Yosemite View Post
Folks, the OP is in England and they let their cats outside. Some shelters will not even adopt out to them if they say they are keeping the cat inside only.
I lived in the UK for a year and all the families I knew had very loved kitties, but all of them were allowed out in the 'garden' at will. They were all fine, yes more risks, but that's how life is!

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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Is that the same country that has outlawed declawing?.


I guess cultures differ, after all. And cars and dogs and cruel people don't kill cats there
Yes declawing is illegal. I'd rather have that law then cats not being allowed outside if given the choice. Really that last comment was not necessary

But what's important is that the OP is taking their cat to the vet and I'm sure they will be fine!


Keep us posted gadget
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by mrblanche View Post
Is that the same country that has outlawed declawing?

I guess cultures differ, after all. And cars and dogs and cruel people don't kill cats there.
Sorry, but I've got to say this sarcastic comment was uncalled for... This is not the OPs fault...
post #13 of 13
Don't take it as sarcastic. It was ironic (a big difference). I am always amazed at the difference in cultures. As a shelter worker, I can't imagine a shelter having a problem with keeping cats indoors. In fact, many of our cats are just the opposite; we require those adopting them to keep them indoors.

And I wish declawing was outlawed here, too.
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