Problem: @#$% cat is scratching up the furniture
Solution: Put vinyl caps on the claws. Problem solved.
What it is:
The product is known by various names like "Soft Claws" and "Soft Paws." They are simply little caps that you glue onto your cat's claws. They need to be replaced every month or so. They cost $12-$19 for 40 caps and are available on Amazon, eBay and elsewhere.
I'm going to say right now that this is not a product for the faint of heart. While you're sticking that protective cap on the first claw, your cat has 17 other claws and those claws are going to be expressing your cat's thoughts more vividly than words could ever do. Oh, and cats don't like having their claws messed with.
So they keep the cat from scratching stuff. What if my stuff is already scratched up, can the caps do anything about that?
Strictly speaking, no. However, you can find the caps in assortment of pink candy stripes and girly sparkles, so you can at least have a bit of a laugh.
What if I don't want to humiliate my cat?
If your cat prefers a understated look, you can get flat, plain colors that you won't even be able to see. There's a huge variety available at Soft Claws, although their prices are higher than elsewhere. But if you want to make your cat awesome, get him the green caps that glow in the dark.
Who is this good for?
Don't buy these unless you are able to clip your cat's claws. You need to clip the claws before putting the caps on, and if you aren't able to clip the claws, you definitely cannot put on the caps.
- They're better and cheaper than declawing. "Declawing" doesn't accurately describe what happens. It's not just the cat's claws, but the entire end joint that it removed. It's like having all your fingers chopped off at the first joint. Declawing also costs money and is outlawed in some areas.
- They protect your stuff
- They protect your skin
- They're cheaper than declawing
- They look cute
- You'll need to fill each cap with a CrazyGlue-type adhesive, then get it on the cat's claw and hold it there for a couple seconds.
- The first couple times you put them on, your cat will likely not rest until he's removed at least some of them.
- You'll have to replace the caps every few weeks or so. 40 caps are supposed to last around six months.
- Absolutely do not try to do all 18 claws in one shot.
- Fill one or two caps with adhesive, then go put them on the cat. Just do a couple at a time.
- If your cat acts like it hurts when you put the cap on, it could be the adhesive. Try using nail glue from the drugstore. Make sure you aren't cutting the claws too close, since this might cause sensitivity.
- To remove a claw cap, simply pull it off