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Why is my cat's claw black and misshapen (pictures included?)

My cats claw has been discolored (black) for almost two years. It's doesn't seem as though it's going to fall off, and, you can see a normal colored nail growing from the same claw.

You can see an image of the claw here: http://cl.ly/1R3F2z1z381v2F2f3W0L (click on it to zoom in).

Any ideas why this might be and what I should do? I'm hesitant to try and remove it myself or cut it.
874521 tn?1424120397
first of all welcome, I am glad to see you also posted this question to our expert Dr. Redford he should give you a reply shortly....
meanwhile I found a site that gives very limited information on a disease called onychomycosis...a fungal infection of the nail that causes it to turn black...I am only 'assuming' that this may be the cause. please don't attempt to remove the nail yourself, IMO it requires a Vet to properly do this for you so as not to damage the new nail and foot pad.
good luckā™„

http://www.petplace.com/cats/structure-and-function-of-the-claw-and-footpad-in-cats/page1.aspx
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