Why is my cat shedding its claws?

This is perfectly natural. Cats "shed" their claws just like they do their fur. The cat is not really losing the entire claw - it's the outermost layer of the claw. Cat claws grow from the inside out - so when it is getting too big, the outer layer must come off. This usually happens when a cat is scratching - the activity will cause what looks like a little sheath to the claw to fall off. They often look exactly like a cat's claw, but they're hollow on the interior. You'll find them around the house sometimes - it's OK and this is not a health problem.


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