That is a good point. I guess I'm also just reevaluating having a splitter on there at all. This has made me wary of the structural soundness of having an aero part just bolted onto the clam. I'll think about it.You could just redrill new holes since your clam and splitter are now both damaged and reinstall to prevent any further clam damage as you drive.
Cat hair?! That's a new one! Plenty of that lying around... I've used flox before, but I suppose almost any fiber would work. HahahaYou can also before reinstalling feather out each of the holes and take csm and epoxy to fill or even long kitty hair do one side place wax paper over it and lay it down on flat surface and do the same on other side. When cured sand and either paint or leave as is. Nobody will see.