Originally Posted by MissintheSouth
How dull do the Soft Claws keep their nails? We have been restricting our kitty search for adult declawed cats, but I would consider a clawed cat if these things really
I only worry about my leather couch...even if the kitty's toes are blunt, it could still scratch my leather right? Has anyone had experience with leather and a cat? I am sort of expecting the occasional scratch from take-off jumping off the couch, but I would be most upset if our MVF (most valued furniture) was ripped open or permanently damaged.
Any experience with Soft Claws (or Paws) and leather?
I have a $2000 brushed suade couch, and this was our main concern before agreeing to keep LuckyGirl. We could not have all of our brand new furniture destroyed. Soft claws are the BEST. I have them on both of my kits. Here's how it works: it's about $17-$20 for a pack, you get 40 nail caps, so that's 4 total applications. You have to get a pair of kitty nail trimmers, mine were $5 at Petsmart. It's best to do when your kitty is sleeping, cause most of them will just lay there then. You clip each front nail, just enough so it's not razor sharp. I do her back ones too, even though I don't soft claw the back. Now, if you have a good kitty they will sit there while you put them on, if you have LuckyGirl you will get this growling profanity in kitty talk through the whole thing...
After they are clipped I get out the glue and the 10 caps, put glue in one cap, snag her (cause by this time she has taken off), pin her under my armpit with her 1 paw out and extend her claw out, then slip the soft claw on it, and hold for 30 seconds. Then I let her go, give her 10 minutes or so to cool down....I also keep treats on me. They associate treats with getting their nails done, and know that after each nail they get a treat. But after they're on, they last a long time... The pack I bought in May, I still have maybe 15 nails left. And what happens is 1 will fall off, so you take 5 minutes, clip it, and put another one on. Then 2 weeks later another 1 will be off, so you put another one on. And that's it. Now the kitten is harder, his nails are soooo tiny that even with kitten size, they have to be cut down to fit his nails, and don't stay on as well cause they don't have alot of nail to hold onto. Also, his pinky nail is SO tiny that I cannot get a soft claw onto it.
Other things they work well for: no more clawing up screens, no more accidentally getting a claw stuck/snagged to my silk comforter, no more holes in my thigh when she hops up and loses her balance a little bit, no more little scratches on my hands when we have "rough play" time, no worry about her taking a swipe at my nephew (in case God forbid he does something to her in the 1 second I take my eyes off of him), no worrying about whether or not she'll scratch the kittens eyes out when he loves up to "her" daddy. And most importantly, they are simply adorable!!! If you go to the softclaws.com website, the even have black/white french manicured ones, too cute right???
Also, growing up my cat was declawed, and indoors only. She snuck out once, and came back limping 2 days later. I can't begin to explain how horrific she was attacked by something, her eye was gorged out, and she was bleeding, and dirty....she was never the same again. She was permanently blind in one eye, and her spirit was just broken. The slightest reach for something high and she would take off scared to death. Please don't declaw your animal, it's inhumane, and we are one of the few countries that even allow it anymore.... if she had her claws she could have had a chance to fight back. It was horrific to see her that way, and changed my view of declawing immediately.