Nail splitting and falling happens to every cat. As your cat’s nail grows beyond the blood supply, the surrounding layer starts cracking to make room for the new nail and once the process is over this layer is naturally discarded.
Many owners want to clip their cat’s claws, but blunt clippers and a bad clipping technique can also result in broken or split nails. When choosing the right clippers, remember that the sharpness of the blade is crucial.
Cats use scratching posts or even furniture to trim their nails. Unfortunately, as they get older, they become less mobile and weaker, meaning that they are less able to take care of their nails, too.
Chronic nail-biting in cats can be triggered by health issues, most commonly by ringworm, a fungal infection, which causes skin irritation and dandruff.
A broken or injured limb can make it difficult for your cat to scratch their nails on their cat tree, as well as a medical condition that kept them in a lethargic state for a certain period, which left their nails untrimmed.
A cat might also have a nail disorder. The nature of a nail disease can be the result of a traumatic injury, or a fungal, bacterial, or viral infection.