I inflicted a minor injury on Cammie this week. I cut one of her claws too short.
I brought her into the bathroom - upon which action she knew something she wouldn’t like was about to take place - and started trimming her claws. She didn’t approve of this in the slightest, but allowed me to proceed - slowly. I would have to stop every couple of claws and reassure her. But at one of the claws, she jerked her foot at the moment I clipped and I cut too much off.
Cammie let out a cry and I knew I’d done something wrong. The claw bled freely for a few minutes, then the flow diminished and stopped. I comforted the princess as much as possible and, great-hearted creature that she is, she forgave me my misstep and spent about twenty minutes purring on my chest.
The next morning, the claw was bleeding again. I determined to take Cammie to the veterinarian hospital if her toe was in the same condition a couple of hours later. I returned home at mid-morning to find that the blood had ceased to flow. I suspect that she had opened up the wound during the very early morning, perhaps while cleaning it. I consulted with others who know much more about cats than I and decided that though Cammie was probably feeling pain, it was not serious enough an injury to take her to a doctor.
I know that trimming claws too short occurs now and then, but I was anxious about infection or possible permanent mutilation of the claw. My mind is more at ease about these possibilities now, though I still try to convey to Cammie how regretful I am for my action.
The princess will probably be even more wary of having her claws cut in the future. But, to her credit, she allowed me to examine the damaged digit without too much fuss; its claw was not abbreviated as much as I had feared. I suspect I will be able to continue to trim her nails in due course. She is a blustery, crotchety lady at times, but when it comes down to it, she is forgiving and trusting. And she may know that that particular claw won’t need cutting for a long while anyway.