As many of you may already know, we have 4 cats who we love dearly. That also means 4 times the claws and scratching fiends. ;) Luckily, we have not had many problems with the cats scratching things they shouldn’t (though one does like to scratch on the stairs now and then unfortunately), probably mostly thanks to clipping their claws regularly and having cat trees and other cat scratching items throughout the house. We have had an issue before, though, when one of the cats scratched another cats eyes when playing, or when they scratch us when they don’t mean to, or put holes in our shirts when we need to hold them.
However, clipping one or more times a week can be quite stressful for both us and the cats. I do not support declawing cats, unless it is for a health benefit to the cat or owner – you can read more about my view at Kwerky Kats. So, when I heard about Soft Claws (sometimes referred to as Soft Paws), a product that is non-toxic and much more humane than declawing, I was eager to try them out. Think of Soft Claws as being like a fake nail, just for cats and with the benefit of keeping your cat from being a living breathing shredder.
The Soft Claws are very easy to use and put on. You simply open the glue, apply the applicator and then fill the nail tips with glue. The most difficult part at first is knowing exactly how much glue to put in. On the first application, we used a minimal amount of glue when applying the tips to our spazziest cat. A few days later, she had gotten about half of them off, so we applied more caps to the bare claws, only using more glue this time, and they are still there a couple weeks later. Heads up: the glue should be stored in the fridge after opening.
Applying the cat claw caps are relatively easy, just make sure you get the correct size caps. I got the medium size for the females and the large size for our males as they are rather large cats. The biggest help is to have someone fill the caps with glue while the other person holds the cat and applies them. Just make sure that you “pinch” the cat’s claw so that it fully extends and then gently tap it on. If your cat doesn’t like to be held like most of mine, I find the best position is to hold the cat against one of your sides while sitting. I was afraid it would be impossible to hold my cats for the 5 minutes to make sure the glue dried, but I just pet them and offered some treats and they were fine.
The cats did obviously go for their claws as soon as they were let go and tried to get them off, but with the additional glue, they were unable to do so and seemed to no longer notice them or try to get them off a couple days later. I knew that when they were still able to catch toys with their claws and were stretching, scratching and climbing on their cat tree as normal, along with “making biscuits”, that the Soft Claws were going to be a great solution for us for some time to come.
It is very difficult to get clear pictures of my cats for they don’t stay in one position too long and seem to magically know when I’m trying to take pictures even if they appear to be in a deep sleep. But, I did manage to get this one picture of Charlie sporting her blue glittery claws. Chewie was turned into Santa Paws with alternating green and red claws and the boyfriend wanted to give Marvin, our short-haired solid black cat, all red claws which looks quite amusing, especially when he’s playing. We opted to not put them on our other cat yet because she has had some allergy issues that have irritated some of her claw beds. I have to say that while I am not the type of person to dress up my pets, the claw caps look so cute and I love that they come in a variety of colors so you can choose your favorites or go with holiday themes.
Final Takeaway: Soft Claws will be an item we continue to use on all of our cats thanks to the fact that they are non-toxic and allow our cats to live normal happy lives without having to worry about negative outcomes from sharp claws. This is honestly one product I couldn’t find anything negative about!
About Soft Claws (as per their website): Soft Claws, also known as Soft Paws, were invented by Dr. Toby Wexler and have been on the market since 1990. Each Soft Claws kit contains 40 nail caps, 2 tubes of adhesive, applicator tips and instructions to apply the caps with sizes available in Kitten, Small, Medium and Large. Each application lasts approximately 4-6 weeks and contains enough caps for 4 front paw applications. While the caps can be placed on the hind paws as well, the caps should not be placed on outdoor cats as it can hinder their ability to climb.
The caps also come in a variety for dogs. Soft Claws can also be used on ferrets, rabbits and iguanas. Soft Claws nail caps (made from vinyl) and glue are non-toxic and should pass through the digestive system with no issues if swallowed.
Win It: One lucky reader will win their own Soft Claws kit! Winner will have their choice of cat or dog variety in the size and color of choice. Open to US/Can only. Enter at the Soft Claws Giveaway page. Giveaway ends 12/21/12.
I received 4 packs of Soft Claws in order to facilitate my honest review. No other compensation was received. All words and opinions are my own. Soft Claws is sponsoring the prize for the giveaway and Money Savvy Michelle is not responsible for any prizes or shipments.