View Full Version : Anyone tried soft claws nail caps?
12-14-2005, 12:01 AM
Our cat has a bad habit of scratching the couches, so we picked up some soft claws at PetSmart. She's pretty tolerant so we didn't have much trouble putting them on, but now 3 days later, most of them have come off. They seem to work well (when they're on!) but now I'm concerned they're just not going to work. Has anybody had luck with these? The box said they should stay on for 6-8 weeks.... I'd be happy if they'd stay on for 2-4, lol!
12-14-2005, 12:28 AM
Hey... We tried the soft paws as well, and you do have to reapply them often. Sort of like how humans have to constantly repaint their fingernails.
We found the 2 best solutions for our couch problem.
2.) Invest in a nice kitty condo that has a sleeping area on top. Our cat loves this http://www.catsplay.com/sisal_sleeper.php3. Start by placing it next to her usual scratching behavior (beside the couch). Slowly start moving it away from the couch and next to a window or favorite sleeping area. Our cat loves looking out the window, and sleeps in it all the time. Cats love to scratch and stretch when they first wake up, so if they are already sleeping where they can scratch chances are she will use the kitty condo as her new territory marker. :) Soon your kitty will grow to prefer the condo over your couch.. but just in case keep the sticky paws on until she adjusts.
12-14-2005, 08:22 AM
I was told by someone that uses SoftPaws that they stay on longer if you have your vet apply them. I think they use stronger glue.
12-14-2005, 04:21 PM
I used Soft Paws for a long time, and never really had a problem with them falling off prematurely. It was difficult, however, to get enough glue into them. Maybe if you tried getting some more glue into the Softpaw, and cutting the cat's nail a bit more before application?
12-16-2005, 04:28 PM
We had our vet apply soft paws to our cat once. The cat hated getting them put on, so we'll never do it again, but they actually stayed on for several weeks despite our cat trying to chew them off. The vet trimmed the nails very short (we never trim them that short) and then applied the soft paws. I think trimming the nails as much as you can is the key.
01-09-2006, 07:24 PM
I'm jumping in a little late, but wanted to share my experience. We use Soft Paws with 2 of our cats. At first they seemed to fall off quickly, but the longer they have been wearing them the longer they seem to stay on. Does that make sense? Each cat usually has a couple fall off every week or so, and I replace the ones that have fallen off about once a week. They work really well for us.
04-13-2010, 05:48 PM
I just ordered a pack for Tessie. We have new furniture coming in a couple weeks and I'm hoping we can prevent her from damaging it.
ANy other experiences?
04-13-2010, 06:27 PM
We've been using them on both of our cats for about 4 years now and love them! I agree with Sabriel above, it seems like the longer they've been wearing them, the longer they stay on. I think they get used to them and stop "messing" with them as much. We've also been using nail glue (for humans) instead of the glue provided. We've gotten a few glue duds that weren't sticky at all and actually find the nail glue easier to squeeze into the soft paws.
How often you have to replace them also can depend on your cat's nails. One of our cats has nails that shed the outer layer and the soft paw every few weeks. The other cat doesn't, so we actually have to cut them off when they get too long.
I'm not sure where you ordered them from, but we've found the best prices on eBay.
04-14-2010, 09:49 AM
We have four cats. Outr two older cats tolerate them well and they work for them. Our two younger cats - not so much. They don't last 24 hours with our young male. So, it really is very cat specific.
04-15-2010, 10:18 AM
We've used Soft Paws for our two cats in the past. They work great, but are always a PITA to put them on since the cats act like we're torturing them. We stopped using them when one of them grew into one cats foot pad (I felt terrible for not noticing!).
04-22-2010, 05:09 PM
We put the Softpaws on Tessie Monday night. She did okay with the application, though she did fuss a bit. As of today she still has all 10 on and she still seems to love us so I think we did okay. Here she is showing them off:
05-03-2010, 01:16 PM
Our Softpaw update
She lost 3. 2 of those were her thumb nails. When I checked the nail length I noticed they were a bit long so I trimmed them down and reapplied fresh ones. That was Tuesday and she still has all 10 as of today.
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