Soft Claws® for cats and dogs
Why do pet parents attach colored nail caps to their pets' claws? Why not just paint them with a non-toxic polish? Because apparently, pet nail caps protect furniture and floors from your pets' scratches.
Not only do these nail caps protect your home, your clothes and, sometimes, your body, but they can protect pets from harm to each other (say, while they play or rough house), and to themselves if they have wounds or sores that itch.
There are dozens of companies on Amazon that sell artificial pet nails and most of their products are very well-reviewed, but the original nail caps were created here in the U.S. by inventor and veterinarian Dr. Toby Wexler in order to humanely address the problems caused by pets scratching furniture, floors, and other belongings of their owners. (And I thought the caps were created just to make our pets look prettier!)
Wexler's product, called Soft Claws® or Soft Paws® - they are confusingly the same product with different names - have been manufactured in the U.S. since 1998. They come in cat claws and dog claws and in sizes by weight. They also come in many, many colors from bright solids to glittery, sparkled metallics, and they last for 4-6 weeks, depending on how fast your pet's claws or nails grow and how she tolerates them. You get 40 nail caps, which should last you for 4 - 6 months if you change the Soft Claws as your pet's nails grow. Most pet owners only place Soft Claws on their pets' front paws, but that will depend on which paws are destructive! (Some cats scratch with all four paws.)
Soft Claws Gold Sparkle
Soft Claws could not be easier to apply to your pet's nails. They come with an adhesive that's totally safe for pets (and you) that is also used in a variety of veterinary applications. You just cover the underside of the Soft Claws with the enclosed adhesive and attach them to your dog or cat's claws. Most cats will continue their scratching activities; they just won't damage what they're scratching because the nails are more gentle. You should still encourage your cats to use scratching toys.
The directions are right on the packaging (see below). You may notice that the Soft Claws for Cats has a CLS, or cleat lock system, which reinforces the grip ability of the adhesive. Everything you need to decorate your pets' paws - the Claws, adhesive, and applicators - is in the package.
Soft Claws Gold Sparkle
(Let me take the 'couldn't be easier' back and suggest that if your cat or dog is very 'laid back' the Soft Paws application 'couldn't be easier.' ) If you would like to get more confident before attempting this feat on your cat, review this excellent video on how to apply Soft Paws to your cat (successfully), made by Lazy Paw Animal Hospitals.
Soft Claws for dogs also look very elegant. Dogs don't scratch your furniture as much as cats, but their nails can scratch your floors and your clothing....
Soft Claws for dogs
The dog Soft Claws also come 40 per pack and, as with the cat Soft Claws, you want place them on your dog's paws soon after his nails are clipped. The rough edges of his nails will help the Claws adhere. One customer does warn of using too much adhesive, suggesting that two or three drops of it will be enough, even though it might take a bit longer to adhere.
Soft Claws for dogs (clear)
DO NOT USE ARTIFICIAL NAILS ON AN OUTDOOR OR INDOOR/OUTDOOR CAT NOR ON A DOG WHO SPENDS MOST OF HIS TIME OUTDOORS.
Not all cats and dogs will accept the Soft Claws on their claws or nails, but here are two products I highly recommend whether you use the Soft Paws or not: a great 'cat bag,' and a highly reviewed small pet nail trimmer.
If your cat is really antsy, I recommend using the Cat In The Bag Carrier while you clip her claws and/or apply artificial nails. This Carrier will settle her down and keep you from getting hurt.
There might be other times when this bag will be useful, like when bringing her to the vet or when trying to brush her teeth. (See full product review here.)
This particular Nail Clipper/Claw Trimmer has a very high number of positive reviews and, not being familiar with any particular trimmer myself (as I chickened out a long time ago and bring my pets to the groomer for nail trimming), I am proposing this one, the Professional Pet Nail Clippers and Claw Trimmer for cats and small dogs. You can purchase it in green or blue and in either a curved blade or a straight blade. For cats, a curved blade is preferable; for dogs, use a straight blade. This is said to be very comfortable for pet parents to use.
DO NOT TRIM YOUR CAT'S NAILS IF S/HE IS AN OUTDOOR CAT OR AN INDOOR/OUTDOOR CAT.
Even if you apply Cat Claws to your cat's claws, you still need to make sure your cat has plenty permissible scratching surfaces, like scratching posts, condos, and specialized cardboard. Scratching is a necessary activity for cats!
That's the buzz for today!