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What does everyone think of the pet paw covers?

post #1 of 13
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I just put the clear ones for kittens on my Oreo (about 10-12 weeks old.... I think, does that sound right?) anyway- I love them because now I am able to not worry about her sharpening her claws on all the wrong places (even though I bought and showed her all the right places) but she hates them (constantly picking at them and not playing with her favorite toy) I just put them on so I may be exaggerating....

has anyone else tried them and liked them?
post #2 of 13
I've never even considered them. We just trim their claws about once a week or so.
post #3 of 13
Yosemite, does clipping once a week really take care of it? The only time my kittens seem to "snag" something is when they are trying to jump up onto the couch.You can hear their claws scraping the couch. I have such a couch that you can't see any marks,but that is one of the reasons why I posted about the soft claws for my kittens for when I get the leather couch in the spring...I'm afraid that when they jump up onto the couch,they will scratch or tear the leather.

I guess for the poster,I wouldn't use the claws unless your cat is distroying things. It might take a little while for her/him to get used to the claws. But it is doable. Give it a couple days and see. I'm afraid that my kits wouldn't like it and try to bite them off or they'd fall off way to soon and I'd have to buy stock in "soft claws" company.
post #4 of 13
when i first heard about soft paws i thought it's something that could be worn and taken off easily, and planning to have my kitten wear it for her first bath. but once i read that you actually have to glue the soft paws on their claws..i thought it's jsut too scary...and give up the idea...
post #5 of 13
What is so scary about that? It is just like fake nails on people.
post #6 of 13
I just take Zoey to the groomer every few weeks..
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jen
What is so scary about that? It is just like fake nails on people.
I agree that it is like fake nails on people - any what condition are people's nails in after the fake ones are taken off? Not very good IMO. I don't know about the cat's nails but human nails are usually not very healthy after using fake nails.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by smokiethecat
Yosemite, does clipping once a week really take care of it? The only time my kittens seem to "snag" something is when they are trying to jump up onto the couch.You can hear their claws scraping the couch. I have such a couch that you can't see any marks,but that is one of the reasons why I posted about the soft claws for my kittens for when I get the leather couch in the spring...I'm afraid that when they jump up onto the couch,they will scratch or tear the leather.
We have a cat tree for our cats and they never touch the furniture or even the rug. We start clipping their nails when they are babies and we first get them so it's never been a problem. We usually start by playing with their paws and gently stroking them so they get used to having their paws touched. In fact I can sit with either of them and just stroke their paws and kiss their little feet and they don't pull away because they are used to it.

I'm sure between now and the spring you can train them to use only a cat tree/scratching post.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by Yosemite
We start clipping their nails when they are babies and we first get them so it's never been a problem. We usually start by playing with their paws and gently stroking them so they get used to having their paws touched.
Yes that's a good point. Although you can start at any age with success, it's definitely much easier to trim most cats’ nails if it was something introduced and done consistently from when they were kittens. We always tell owners to begin doing so as soon as possible (even if it's just the tips) to get them used to it.

I have personally never used soft paws as nail trims generally do the trick. I have heard mixed reviews, so let us know how it turns out.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Jen
What is so scary about that? It is just like fake nails on people.
Except a cat's claws are an integral part of the fingers. It would be more like wearing really tight gloves and not having any idea what is on your hands or why they are there. I think that's the biggest thing with cats - Soft Paws are probably not really uncomfortable, but they probably do feel pretty "weird" and the cat doesn't understand why it feels weird so he's going to be a little freaked out about it.
post #11 of 13
I would think it would be like fake nails, but mostly on the white of our fingernails. After all, much of the kitties nail is not covered by the soft paws. I bought some, but gave them away. I don't think they are unhealthy...and it seems like the kitty would get used to it.

I was thinking about getting more for my formerly feral Blue. She is lovey dovey now, but likes to poke through my clothes with her claws. She never claws bare skin, but climbs my legs like I'm a tree! (I feel like Jabba the Hun from Star Wars...I'm just so HUGE she doesn't realize it is all me!)
post #12 of 13
i put soft paws on chloe because her nails grow EXTREMELY fast (it only takes a week for them to grow long enough to start curling under) she was scratching on everything due to this.

she didnt like her nail caps for about 10 minutes and then paid them no mind. it saved the furniture (and my legs)

as a nail tech, i can tell you, soft paws are NOTHING like fake nails for people.
post #13 of 13
I also put them on my Chloe and LOVE them. Before that her darn claws were like needles. The first time my roommate held her while I put them on. We were only going to do a few at a time as suggested, but she did so good we went ahead and did them all. She has never over-licked or even chewed on them (that I've seen) and her biggest problem afterwards was jumping up to get on my bed. She was still to little and my bed too big so after watching her attempt to make the jump a few times (and I confess, I laughed because she looked so confused as to why she had been able to make the jump before and couldn't do it now!) I put a step-stool by the bed. She's now grown past the need for the stool. When I've had to replace the caps I've even been able to do it by myself - just need to have everything ready to go and make it quick. I also trim her back claws, otherwise I become a bloody pin-cusion when she jumps in my lap.
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