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    Question about claws
    An_258182 posted:
    My cat's back claws have a little black line running through them, towards the bottom the black lines become thicker. The front ones do not, they are white. I have had my vet clip them and she wasn't very helpful with information. Is this normal? I am scared to clip them in case this isn't normal. My cat's vet acted like it was no big deal and cut them, but I am paranoid and don't want to hurt him. He is a tuxedo cat if this matters. I haven't had a cat since I was younger and back then they were declawed (I know not to have it done, I am fine with trimming them, just need advice!)
    rohvannyn responded:
    Sounds like just a color variation in the claw. Are you able to see where the blood vessel is, in the thick part of the claw? Just clip the tips, where the claw is thinner, and you should be fine. If you aren't sure, just clip a little at first till you get to know them better.
    lalumbaugh replied to rohvannyn's response:
    The base is mostly black and it thins out closer to the tip. I have cut off the very tips, but the claws are still long. I have been searching the internet for awhile now and haven't found anything. So I was hoping someone would know. I bought some styptic powder just in case, but wanted to make sure he wouldn't be hurt by this. I am going to start off cutting small amounts but figured it wouldn't hurt to ask around first
    rohvannyn replied to lalumbaugh's response:
    You can usually find diagrams that show the correct length to cut. Also, guage by how far the "quick" (blood supply) reaches in his front claws, and that will tell you how far to cut in the back. Good luck with your furry cactus!

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