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Protective Gloves to handle cats

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Does anyone know where to find protective leather gloves that cover the entire arm? I'm about to start fostering for a rescue and they suggested it might be a good idea to have these for those 'upset' kitties who lash out.

Thanks!
post #2 of 11
We use gloves we purchased at Home Depot. They don't cover the whole arm, but go up past my elbows. They're thick leather workmen's gloves. Those should do the trick.



Laurie
post #3 of 11
Just remember....those gloves do not allow for "normal" range/function of hands/fingers. It's very easy to loose your grip on a kitty when wearing them.
post #4 of 11
That's true!!!! Good point!

Laurie
post #5 of 11
Or a welding supply store . Might have more choices size wise, etc.
post #6 of 11
gotta add 1 more, we carry gloves at the vets office and on more than one occassion a cat has biten through the glove and punctured skin. i've seen it happen at both offices i've worked at. i'm all for being prepared for nasty cats with a towel and a good firm grip on the scruff. somebody scruffs and somebody wraps so no bunny kicking can go on. Thick towels are great you can cover heads and settle them down some and when they aren't expecting it you go for the scruff quick and fast. hope this helps
post #7 of 11
I think if you are fostering and handling kitties I personally would just wear a pair of
surgical gloves underneath a pair of light wool gloves.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for all your suggestions. It's just me so I guess I'll have to be faster than the cat when it comes to wrapping and scruffing. I do have muzzles that also cover the eyes and I tried it on one of my cats that has attitude in regards to nail clippings. Even though his eyes were covered it did NOT calm him down and he was giving me a few choice 'words'. Glad I don't know catese.
post #9 of 11
Some animal supply companies sell kevlar feral gloves...

but yeah, they can totally bite through the leather ones. I use them as back-up with a towel. Angry ferals are scary!
post #10 of 11
ACES has a great line of Kevlar-lined gauntlets specifically designed for handling animals--particularly feral cats. I've purchased two pairs, and they're excellent! The glove portion of the gauntlet is Kevlar lined--this is material that, when formed into a helmet, will stop an AK-47 bullet (see the U.S. Army Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning--they have such a helmet from the Grenada Invasion). Ennyhoo, there is no cat (tigers, lions and the like excluded) that can bite through them, and cat bites are the real worry.

Cat bites are traveling germ circuses, they're dirtier than dog bites. You can't catch diseases other than rabies (rare in the US) from cat bites--the species barrier is generally too great but I've heard unconfirmed rumors of avian flu moving into feline populations, but I've seen first-hand how infected and painful they can be. But the ACES gauntlets are impenetrable--a domestic cat, no matter how feral, cannot bite through them.

The gauntlets reach to both elbow and shoulder lengths. The gauntlet extensions are not Kevlar-lined but but are made of heavy enough leather to defeat the cat's claws.

One can feel confident manually handling even the meanest, biggest wildest feral cat with those gauntlets.

Here's their link....
http://www.animal-care.com/
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thank you! This is exactly what I have been looking for. Now a really dumb question..when purchasing, is it for 1 glove or a pair of gloves?

Thanks again!

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ACES has a great line of Kevlar-lined gauntlets specifically designed for handling animals--particularly feral cats. I've purchased two pairs, and they're excellent! The glove portion of the gauntlet is Kevlar lined--this is material that, when formed into a helmet, will stop an AK-47 bullet (see the U.S. Army Infantry Museum at Ft. Benning--they have such a helmet from the Grenada Invasion). Ennyhoo, there is no cat (tigers, lions and the like excluded) that can bite through them, and cat bites are the real worry.

Cat bites are traveling germ circuses, they're dirtier than dog bites. You can't catch diseases other than rabies (rare in the US) from cat bites--the species barrier is generally too great but I've heard unconfirmed rumors of avian flu moving into feline populations, but I've seen first-hand how infected and painful they can be. But the ACES gauntlets are impenetrable--a domestic cat, no matter how feral, cannot bite through them.

The gauntlets reach to both elbow and shoulder lengths. The gauntlet extensions are not Kevlar-lined but but are made of heavy enough leather to defeat the cat's claws.

One can feel confident manually handling even the meanest, biggest wildest feral cat with those gauntlets.

Here's their link....
http://www.animal-care.com/
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