Why does my cat bite his nails?

Our question this week was:

Dr. Debra – my cat chews on his nails. I can’t believe it and have never heard of this before. Is this because they are too long?


Beverly H.


Hi – thanks for your email. You wrote asking why your cat bites his cats. The expression “nail biting experience” goes hand-in-glove with anxiety and conflict. The same connection seems to hold true for cats, too.

An article that might be helpful to you is Nail Biting in Cats.

Best of luck!

Dr. Debra

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