Dirty claw or something more serious?

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Nadia N.:
Well, here I am again, with yet another possible problem with my Kotyo. I think he has decided that in order to keep me on my toes he should present me with a new problem every month.
I was trimming Kotyo's claws today, for the first time in a month. I noticed that one claw has some kind of hard brownish gunk on it. It seems to be stuck to the claw, and when the claw retracts back into the claw bed, the gunk retracts with it. The claw bed itself seems a normal light pink color. Here's a picture:
http://picasaweb.google.com/nnakova/Misc#5458154349254019730

He doesn't seem to be paying special attention to that claw - no licking or biting it. He doesn't limp on that paw. However, when I tried to gently scrape at the brown stuff, he did protest and bit me very gently (just to get me to stop it). The brown stuff seems hard - almost like it's bits of old claw sheath that never flaked off. But there also seems to be some fur stuck to it, and maybe dirt...
Has anyone seen anything like that on their cat's claws? The closest I could find by googling was this:
http://www.pandecats.com/x/dirty-nails.shtml , but the picture of that cat's claw doesn't look exactly like Kotyo's claw, so I'm not sure if it's the same thing.
It's after 5pm here and the vet offices are already closed, so I can't take him until tomorrow. I would prefer to avoid taking him, actually, because I don't want to stress him out. It's only been a month since his blood test which made him really freak out. On the other hand, if this is something serious I don't want it to get worse...

Nadia (and Kotyo)

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cybercat:
[nq:1]It's after 5pm here and the vet offices are already closed, so I can't take him until tomorrow. I would ... him really freak out. On the other hand, if this is something serious I don't want it to get worse...[/nq]
Let us know what the vet says. It obviously hurts him.
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MLB:
[nq:1]Well, here I am again, with yet another possible problem with my Kotyo. I think he has decided that in ... out. On the other hand, if this is something serious I don't want it to get worse... Nadia (and Kotyo)[/nq]
Have you tried soaking it? Perhaps you could wrap a wet wash cloth around his paw while you hold him. Might be worth a try. MLB
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Rene:
Our youngest cat has some of the exact same "gunk" on the claws on her back feet. My thought is that there's a tendency for gunk to accumulate on the back claws since they can't scratch those nails off like they can the fronts.
If you're ambitious, I suppose you can bath Kotyo to remove it like that article suggests. I've chosen to just leave it be on our girl. It doesn't bother her, hasn't gotten worse or caused any other problems. If this is a concern for you, a quick call to the vet might ease your mind.
Rene
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Nadia N.:
[nq:1]Have you tried soaking it? Perhaps you could wrap a wet wash cloth around his paw while you hold him. Might be worth a try. MLB[/nq]
I thought about it, but I don't want to mess with his paw without knowing what the problem is. I don't want to make it worse. We'll see what the vet says tomorrow.
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Nadia N.:
[nq:2]It's after 5pm here and the vet offices are already ... is something serious I don't want it to get worse...[/nq]
[nq:1]Let us know what the vet says. It obviously hurts him.[/nq]
Yes, it's him pulling away when I tried to scrape at the claw that has me worried. So off to the vet we'll go. I'll report back tomorrow. If Kotyo doesn't kill me for taking him to the vet again so soon, that is :-)

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Nadia N.:
[nq:1]Our youngest cat has some of the exact same "gunk" on the claws on her back feet. My thought is ... other problems. If this is a concern for you, a quick call to the vet might ease your mind. Rene[/nq]
Thanks Rene. It makes me feel better to know that it's probably just gunk.

This is on his right front claw though, not on a back claw. And he's never had anything like it in the almost 9 years I've had him. He normally takes very good care of his claws, washes them every day, chews on them and pulls off the old claw sheaths. So, for my peace of mind, we're going to the vet tomorrow, just in case.
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jmc:
Suddenly, without warning, Nadia N. exclaimed (4/9/2010 11:28 AM):
[nq:1]Well, here I am again, with yet another possible problem with my Kotyo. I think he has decided that in ... out. On the other hand, if this is something serious I don't want it to get worse... Nadia (and Kotyo)[/nq]
Cats can get nailbed infections, but when Meep got one she spent a lot of time messing with that claw. Didn't look anything like your cat's either - nail was a funny color and nailbed was inflamed.

Hopefully it's just gunk, and he's protesting 'cause it's stuck good and just hurts trying to get it off. Please let us know what the vet says.

jmc
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jmc:
Suddenly, without warning, Nadia N. exclaimed (4/9/2010 11:28 AM):
[nq:1]Well, here I am again, with yet another possible problem with my Kotyo. I think he has decided that in ... out. On the other hand, if this is something serious I don't want it to get worse... Nadia (and Kotyo)[/nq]
Cats can get nailbed infections, but when Meep got one she spent a lot of time messing with that claw. Didn't look anything like your cat's either - nail was a funny color and nailbed was inflamed.

Hopefully it's just gunk, and he's protesting 'cause it's stuck good and just hurts trying to get it off. Please let us know what the vet says.

jmc
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