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post #1 of 19
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Ok, guys...our two babes now have the Soft Claws on.

Question, though...did any of you that use/have used this product before have any trouble with them staying on at first? They've had them about a week now, but the first three days were spent re-adhering some that had come off (but I suspect it was more like TAKEN off). Is this a normal thing to go through? It could just be that I was learning how much adhesive to put inside the things, but I wonder if any of you have gone through the same experience...
post #2 of 19
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Originally Posted by maherwoman
Ok, guys...our two babes now have the Soft Claws on.

Question, though...did any of you that use/have used this product before have any trouble with them staying on at first? They've had them about a week now, but the first three days were spent re-adhering some that had come off (but I suspect it was more like TAKEN off). Is this a normal thing to go through? It could just be that I was learning how much adhesive to put inside the things, but I wonder if any of you have gone through the same experience...
I saw these but was afraid I would have trouble keeping them on Skittles.
post #3 of 19
When you first try using these, your cats will most likely try to get them off... chewing, scratching, the whole bit.... also, they will fall off as each nail sheds - so either of those could have been the case... also what I like to do after I apply them, is keep a hold on Oliver for a few minutes (not like a headlock.... but when I apply them I sit on my knees and put him in between my legs and arms around his front as I apply)... so after I put them on, I keep him between my legs loosely and rub on his head/neck, tell him he's a good boy, etc... basically I distract him from his paws so the glue has a few minutes to completely adhere... I've been using them for a year now and I do notice occasionally one or two will fall off not long after I apply them for whatever reason.... that's all I can really think of other than getting used to putting the right amount of glue in each cap.. you can always ask a vet tech to show you the proper application technique if you're still not too sure about it...
post #4 of 19
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Thank you very much, BuzbyJLC10. They seem to be staying on now, so I suspect it might have been a combination of them needing to get used to them and my getting the right amount of adhesive for each cap.

Another thing, we did start holding them for a few minutes after finishing after realizing that might be the problem. My husband holds the kitty, while I work at adhering the caps. Then one of us will hold the kitty for a few minutes, and then watch them for a few more after we let them down. They're very docile kitties...love to be held. So we don't have any problem holding them...they purrrrrr the whole time!
post #5 of 19
We used to give Devin soft paws; the first time most of them came off. Turns out they were a little too small for him so we had to "up" his size.

Now he doesnt get soft paws since his nails are trimmed every fortnight and he's used to the nail trimming by now to just stay still till José is done.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by maherwoman
Thank you very much, BuzbyJLC10. They seem to be staying on now, so I suspect it might have been a combination of them needing to get used to them and my getting the right amount of adhesive for each cap.

Another thing, we did start holding them for a few minutes after finishing after realizing that might be the problem. My husband holds the kitty, while I work at adhering the caps. Then one of us will hold the kitty for a few minutes, and then watch them for a few more after we let them down. They're very docile kitties...love to be held. So we don't have any problem holding them...they purrrrrr the whole time!
Glad you've got them working for you... you'll get it down pat pretty soon and they'll get use to it too - it is easier with 2 people, but I live alone when I'm at school, so I've got my technique, hehe... Oliver's usually pretty good about me applying them as well..... that is as long as he's not in one of his "moods", haha
post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Oliver's usually pretty good about me applying them as well..... that is as long as he's not in one of his "moods", haha
Too cute...

Love the picture you have of him as your siggy, btw!! Adorable!
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by maherwoman
Too cute...

Love the picture you have of him as your siggy, btw!! Adorable!
Hehe, thanks... that's my all time favorite picture of him - it's from Christmas 2004... he decided to use a pair of PSU sweatpants as a bed, lol... he's definitely good at taking ownership over things that aren't necessarily his
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Hehe, thanks... that's my all time favorite picture of him - it's from Christmas 2004... he decided to use a pair of PSU sweatpants as a bed, lol... he's definitely good at taking ownership over things that aren't necessarily his
That's so cute...the look on his face is classic!! He looks like he's saying, "MY sweatpants!!" Lol...
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by maherwoman
That's so cute...the look on his face is classic!! He looks like he's saying, "MY sweatpants!!" Lol...
Oh yes, he's great at the "MY (fill in the blank)" face.... very good - he definitely thinks he's king of all .... gee, do I spoil him too much?
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Oh yes, he's great at the "MY (fill in the blank)" face.... very good - he definitely thinks he's king of all .... gee, do I spoil him too much?
What a cutie!!

I don't think anyone can spoil a kitty too much!
post #12 of 19
you might need to try different sizes on your kitties if they're falling off too quickly. i found it's best to be sure u apply enough of the glue and press it on a few seconds to make sure it doesn't fall off easily. hopefully that should help you. best of luck
post #13 of 19
Ok..I have a dumb question..do the soft claws make their feet sore or anything? I seems to me that their claws beng constantly "unsheathed" would be very uncomfortable?? I've never used them or observed their use... I'm just curious?
post #14 of 19
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Oh, no they're not painful at all. They naturally shed a layer of nail about every four to six weeks, and the vinyl coating that is the Soft Claws just comes off with that. It's just a layer of vinyl that gets basically superglued on their nail itself. Nothing painful...
post #15 of 19
Claw movement is in no way affected by properly used soft paws, so your kitty wont be in any pain at all... it's kinda like humans wearing acrylic nails - they're glued on top of the real nail and you have to get them refilled/replaced as your nail grows...
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by BuzbyJLC10
Claw movement is in no way affected by properly used soft paws, so your kitty wont be in any pain at all... it's kinda like humans wearing acrylic nails - they're glued on top of the real nail and you have to get them refilled/replaced as your nail grows...
So the soft claws also retract into the nail sheath?? It just seemed to me that they couldn't retract them with them on! Thanks for setting me straight!!
post #17 of 19
If I knew Skittles would not kill me I would try these.
post #18 of 19
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
If I knew Skittles would not kill me I would try these.
Lol...I do have to admit, our cats LIKE to be held, and meowed rather menacingly as I was sliding them on their claws...but I think it was because we were messing with the hard work they'd done to make them nice and sharp. Sunny especially...she's very proud of the hard work she'd put into that, and REALLY takes offense to anything that changes ANYTHING about her...her scent, her appearence, you name it. She's really friendly (they both are) and not shy, just a bit of a primadonna about her looks.

It's easier if you have someone hold the kitty while you (or whoever the cat is most comfortable with) put the Soft Claws on. It's really not difficult, especially if the cat doesn't mind being held for a time. It's much easier than you would think, believe me!

Something that helped it to go quicker and easier for everyone involved was the fact that I trimmed their claws the day/night before, so all I had to do then was put the glue in each Soft Claw, and slide it on. Things were much easier that way.

Another thing, from the day we brought them home as kittens, we held/massaged/messed with their paws a lot so we could do things with them easier. It helped a lot in their letting us touch their paws and claws and such.
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by momof3rugratz
If I knew Skittles would not kill me I would try these.
I love your kitty's name, by the way...Skittles is such a cute name!
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