It's not a rude question at all!
Softpaws are little vinyl caps that you glue on over your cat's natural claws after trimming off the claw tips. They keep my determined scratchers from damaging the furniture. They should only be used on indoor cats that don't need their claws for protection or climbing. Much better than declawing, because it's temporary and doesn't hurt the cats.www.softpaws.com
I've had pretty good luck with them. If you want to use them, you'll need to be able to handle your furbabies' paws. Some vets will put them on for you, though. The first few times I used them the cats just pulled them right off again, but then they got used to them. The trick for me has been to distract the cats by playing with them or feeding them for a few minutes after the caps are applied, then they forget about them. Now they last about 6 weeks per application. Also, I started out using the clear caps so I would know how much glue to use, then switched to the colors. Now the crew is stylin'
Also, if you like cute cat pictures, check out the photo gallery on the softpaws website.