Q. My cat has very thin brittle nails that split & break easily. He is otherwise healthy and has the same diet as his brother who has healthy thick nails

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A. There is probably an underlying disorder that would need to be investigated. If all the nails are equally affected infections (Bacteria or fungus), immune system (immune-mediated) diseases, and metabolic diseases (Excessive levels of growth hormone) are possible. Congenital disorder as well is possible if the nails have always been like that since he was born.

A skin scraping may be taken to determine what type of a skin condition your cat is experiencing, and a bacterial or fungal culture may also be taken for further analysis.

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