Trimming thick cat claws
One of my cats has always had really hard thick claws. Now that he's getting older (he's 13) they are getting seriously thick, to the point that I can't trim them anymore with my regular claw trimmers. I normally use the ones shaped like scissors with a hole in the cutting edge.
Can anyone recommend a different type or style that's better suited to the thick claws? What about using ones designed for dogs?
On a related note - he has polydactyl toe deformities that make one claw on each front foot grow into the pad almost as soon as it emerges. In the last six months, it has cut into his pad four times (I check it daily, but it grows in so easily). I have resisted getting these two claws removed, because I am firmly in the anti-declaw camp, but now with the thickening of his claws, and the frequency of the injuries to the pad, I am wondering if I should reconsider. Can anyone recomend anything else I could try first? BTW - this cat is diabetic and has some neuropathy - he does not seem to feel the injury to his pad.
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