How To Prevent And Treat Your Sphynx Cat’s Gunky Toes

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How To Prevent And Treat Your Sphynx Cat’s Gunky Toes

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The Sphynx cat’s unique appearance is often accompanied by a dark brown, or even black, residue around the nail beds. Believe it or not, this is actually something all cats have, not just hairless ones. This post is all about how to prevent and treat your Sphynx Cat’s gunky toes.

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Why Do Sphynx Cats Have Gunky Toes?

All felines have sweat glands located between their toes. While a “hairy” cat’s fur would normally hide this residue, the Sphynx cat’s lack of fur means that it is visible to the naked eye. It can also be argued that fur acts as a barrier to dirt and litter gunk, which protects the cat nails a little bit more thank completely naked cats.

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How To Clean The Gunk Out From Your Sphynx Cat’s Gunky Toes

As part of the Sphynx cat’s daily grooming routine, it is important to clean around their nails. This can be done by using a damp q-tip to gently wipe away any gunky sweat, which has a tendency to darken when exposed to oxygen. In order to ensure that the cat is as clean as possible, it is advised to use a separate q-tip for each nail and to remember to clean the dewclaw.

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Tending to Your Sphynx Cat’s Claws: Should You Trim Them?

Just like all felines, Sphynx cats need their claws trimmed for their own safety, regardless of whether they stay indoors or outdoors. If their claws get too long, they can get stuck in fabric or other soft surfaces. In the event they try to get unstuck, they could pull their paw too hard; that could lead to a severe injury and they may even lose the ability to retract their claw altogether. This rule applies to kittens too!

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