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my 15 yrs old female indoor cats back nails are turning black

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my 15 yrs old female indoor cats back nails are turning black . she uses a litter box ,but it's not that. thanks
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Is she an indoor only cat?

Is there discharge around the nail bed?

Is she licking the paws excessively?

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

she an indoor only cat


some discharge around the nail bed


she isn't licking her paws excessively?



Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 6 years ago.
Hi there,

That is what I was figuring.

A nail bed / naid bacterial or fungal infection is likely.

This would be a case where evaluation of the discharge from the nailbed would be recommended *under the microscope* to determine if local medications (such as a foot bath) are needed or more systemic (antibiotics or antifungals) would be helpful to resolve this issue.
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