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Suddenly, without warning, Nadia N. exclaimed (4/9/2010 11:28 AM):
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)

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
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)

Try some peroxide on it. If it is protein based it will foam up. It will also get really clean,too. Could be dried serus fluid from an irritation that is oozing. Peroxide is painless. Just have some water near to rinse it off.
Paul
Try some peroxide on it. If it is protein based it will foam up. It will also get really clean,too. Could be dried serus fluid from an irritation that is oozing. Peroxide is painless. Just have some water near to rinse it off. Paul

Thanks Paul. You were spot on about the peroxide. When I took Kotyo to the vet today, he just scrubbed the claw with some gauze with peroxide on it, and the brown gunk came off. The vet said it was dead skin and that cats normally clean it off themselves when they groom their claws.
Even though this turned out to be nothing, I am very glad that I took Kotyo to this vet. I have been looking for a new vet since last month, and I started asking this vet questions about his experience with CRF (Kotyo's blood tests in March showed elevated creatinine). I was very impressed with him - he said that a single blood test is not enough for a diagnosis, that we need to have blood and urine taken at the same time, check for protein in the urine, check his blood pressure...

He knows about the IRIS stages of CRF. I have spent the last month reading up on CRF, what tests should be done, etc, and this vet said pretty much the same things that I have been reading about at www.felinecrf.org and the Yahoo CRF group. And, as an added bonus, he speaks English! My Spanish is good enough to deal with the vets here, but having an English-speaking vet is a big plus - it means he can read all the newest CRF research published in English as soon as it is published, and if I find some information online about a specific treatment or test, I can print it out and show it to him, and he'll be able to read it without me trying to translate it into Spanish.
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. It is so good to find a vet who really knows his stuff. With his help, I think Kotyo and I are going to have a lot of good years together, especially since we caught the kidney problems at a very early stage.
Nadia (and Kotyo)

Little Monster pictures: Sweety pictures: Kotyo and Sweety together:
I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. It is so good to find a vet who really knows ... to have a lot of good years together, especially since we caught the kidney problems at a very early stage.

Kudos to you, and many happy healthy years for both of you.