Post # 1
So DH and I want to adopt a kitten. But we do have a few concerns, one of them being we have brand new furniture and we’re worried that the kitten would destroy it. We’re 100% against declawing, but I did some research and found something called Soft Paws? Do these work? Do they hurt the cat? Are there any other alternatives to avoid scratched up furniture?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@hopefloats: I’ve heard about the soft paws, but haven’t used them – I can’t imagine trying to get them on my cat myself! I’ve recommended sprays to other posters, haven’t used them myself but worth a try.
Really I think that if you have enough places for the cat to scratch and continually redirect them to said place you will be fine. Our cat is NOT declawed and only scratches on his kitty pole 🙂
Post # 4
Firstly, don’t declaw your cat. It’s extremely cruel. If things get realy bad, you’ll just have to clip their claws regularly.
Soft paws are supposed to work, but they need to be constantly reapplied as the claws grow, and they can be expensive. You can keep your new cat away from certain areas of the house by spraying those areas with with citrus based scents. You can also stop them scratching certain things by covering areas which they might like to scratch with double sided sticky tape. They don’t like the sticky, tacky feeling against their paws, so they won’t touch those areas. Once they have been suitably deterred, remove the tape. Problem solved!
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016
My friend put soft paws on her kitten and had great results with them. She stopped because it got expensive (she was 18 at the time), but really liked them and the kitten didn’t seem to notice them once they were on.
You can also get big sticky pad type things to put on the front and side of your couches to deter the kitten from scratching. Eventually they’ll be annoyed with the stickyness and won’t bother trying.
Sprays seem to work really well too (stuff that you spray on furnature and just a regular bottle to spray near the kitten as ‘punishment’).
My cat actually never scratched anything when she was younger. We made sure we had lots of scratching posts around and she always went to them and not the furnature (: If your kitten isn’t using the post, try out different types of materials. My cat only likes twine or seagrass and REFUSES to use carpet posts haha 😉
Post # 6
Thank you for not considering declawing! Soft Paws are amazing! I’ve used them on my cat personally. They are completely non toxic so if they are eaten there is no harm done. You can have a vet or have Pet Smart groomers put them on. I’m a former groomer so I just put them on myself. I highly suggest them. We only had a problem with my kitty as a kitten. Once he got older he finally started using his cat scraters (has about a billion of them!) and we havent had a problem since.
Post # 7
My cat won’t wear soft paws. She chews them off.
I know declawing is akin to admitting Nazism on the Internet, but my friend had her kitten declawed and he’s FINE. Her previous two cats were declawed as well (one they had it done to; the other was adopted like that) and they were fine, too.
That being said, my parents have had four cats, none of whom have been declawed. None of them destroyed anything by clawing it…that would be my charming cat who does that.
Post # 8
I haven’t tried soft paws, but I heard that they aren’t good for kitties because it keeps their claws out. Since they naturally have their claw in, the soft paws are very uncomfortable. That’s just what I’ve heard though.
I would try the double sided tape and plenty of scratching things. We have one by each couch and chairs, and our kitty doesn’t scratch the furniture anymore. As long as you have enough things that kitty can scratch, there shouldn’t be a big problem with her destroying the furniture.
Post # 9
Another option, if you’re seriously concerned about a cat scratching stuff, is to adopt a cat that is already declawed.
Post # 10
@hopefloats: Soft paws are great once you get them on. If you have a tough time with it, consider taking them to a vet and asking the vet to do it. They work very well to avoid scratches on both people and furniture and if you start them at a young age they’ll accept them. The ones I used didn’t seem to cause problems with retracting claws.
Putting sticky sheets or double sided tape on stuff you don’t want them to touch until they learn better is good, they hate that. And give them lots of stuff they ARE allowed to scratch.
Lots of people with nice furniture have cats and keep the furniture nice…
I’d worry more about the shedding! Ha.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
My cat will be a year in early may. He came to us at about 4 months he scratches only posts, and his cat tree. So not all cats are destructive. He’s a very good boy, but he did love climbing the Christmas Tree.
Post # 12
I am a crazy cat lady and have three cats currently, all three of them I got as kittens so I’ve been through the crazy kitten phase multiple times. I have never had scratching problems with any of them and I have heard bad things about soft paws.
Kittens usually make trouble when bored so one of the best ways to cure boredom is to get your kitten a playmate (adopt 2 at once) but that can be a big committment so other options are to have plenty of scratching posts around in different textures especially around furniture that you want to protect. My cats love sisal and cardboard so we have something in almost every room (about $10 per each).
Play with your kitten at least 15 mins a day but I really suggest longer than that so they don’t get bored/feel neglected and make trouble.
Also, hissing at kittens, noseboops, and spray bottles (i personally don’t like them but they are a good option) can work to deter kittens away from bad behaviors.
Also, I highly recommend asking other crazy cat people on http://www.catster.com/forums/ if you have any questions!
Post # 13
My cat hated softpaws. Actually, I have a huge scar on my wrist from when my cat clawed me trying to get away from me while I was putting the softpaws on. The problem is that he’s not a lap cat and HATES to be held, so grabbing him and holding him to clip his nails and put the softpaws on was an impossible nightmare. But, he eventually “grew out” of scratching. Honestly, he used to scratch a whole lot more and then stopped? IDK what the change was.. we also moved houses and bought a new couch, so maybe that’s why? lol
Post # 14
I tried Soft Paws on my cat when I adopted him, but he just chewed them off. Most cats like sisal scratching posts over carpet, and some cats like horizontal surface for scratching. You can rub the post with cat nip to get them interested. My two cats have only ever scratched their post.
Post # 15
@hopefloats: I put the claw caps on both of my cats. They tried to chew them off, and when they succeeded, a layer of nail came off attached to the inside of the little plastic cap. That’s also how they fall off after a while (with some nail still attached), but I suppose that might be fine. It seemed to me like after a couple applications, my cats had a couple problem claws that looked frayed, chipped, and weak, but it might be different with a kitten that’s growing quickly. There’s no reason not to try them, just keep a good eye on the condition of the claws between applications. And try to avoid gluing their “finger” fur to the claw, which is easy to screw up if you apply too much glue.
ETA: aside from the few chewed-off caps, they held up well and definitely helped the scratching problem.
Post # 16
Declawing is basically like cutting off your cats fingers. It is painful and unsafe. Thank you for not declawing. I have read really good things about soft paws and I know that your vet could show you how to apply them. If you have aenough toys that they can scratch- like a scratching post- you can train your cats to only scratch certain things.