Cuddles, the last tom kitten from Loudmaouth's last litter, has a bit of an issue with one of his front claws. He has been getting litter stuck around his claws, and now one sheath is always red, and it's starting to make just a little puss at the edge of the fleshy Sheath. Every morning I have to get up and hold him with my legs while I extend his claws and clean them. I have been soaking his nail in water and gently peeling the nastiness away, then putting a drop of Hydrogen Peroxide, then rinsing with room temp running water until everything is clean. Then I use a cotton swab to apply just a touch of neosporin (plain, not with pain reliever). He is getting to the point where he really dislikes me, but he HAS to have that paw cleaned out. It doesn't seem to actually bother him, but it worries me. I still have his pain meds from when he was neutered a few weeks back. Should I give him some? I CANNOT afford to go to a vet for this right now: I spent more on cat food than on groceries this week. So does anyone have any other advice they can give me? I use the H202 because it should still clean and disinfect, and doesn't seem to cause him pain. (he has more of an issue with the water and the neo) I don't know if it's ok to leave on, which is why I have been rinsing it. It's starting to look better, but I don't know what to do to help keep this from happening.
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8/7/09 at 12:12am