(Closed) Do you/have you used nail caps on cats?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
156 posts
Blushing bee

I use the caps on my cat because without them she scratches her face/lips and it gets infected.  Even the medicine from the vet doesn’t clear it up if she’s not capped, because I can’t leave the cone on her all the time (she refuses to eat with it on).

They stay on pretty well – just make sure to cut your cat’s nails before you put them on.  It does take two of us to put them on her, though.

Post # 3
5161 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Yeah, do NOT declaw. It is horrible.

I don’t use them as our cat is not a scratcher except on her post/cardboard, but my SIL uses these caps on her cat. They seem to work okay, as she has been using them for years without issue, but she says she does check her claws regularly as they can fall off, and sometimes her cat will chew them off. If your cat is squirrelly, or you are worried about getting them on right, many vets/vet assistants will do it for a low fee (I have seen the vets I go to advertise putting them on, or clients bringing in own caps to have put on). I imagine they could do a better job than I would – as is I have to cut my cat’s claws when she is sleeping so gluing these caps on…um, yeah, probably would end up with them glued to myself.

Cat’s also don’t generally like the feeling of tape/anything sticky (though, again, my cat loves batting around a ball of tape), so you can try double sided tape as well on the areas you want him to stop scratching….only removing tape when he seems to be out of the habit and putting it back up again if he starts up again.

Post # 4
9097 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

My almost 7 year old cat has caps. She generally doesn’t mind them and the caps fall off one by one after two weeks of applying them.

The caps are easy to put on and I’ve never glued one to myself. Trim the tip of the nail (I just use normal fingernail clippers, it gets nowhere near the quick so you don’t have to really worry), fill the cap halfway with glue (They generally come with little caps that funnel the superglue down a tiny tube into the cap) and slip it on. Hold for a few seconds and on to the next foot.

My cat gets treats afterwards so she associates it with good things, so it goes pretty quick.

Post # 5
1915 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - backyard in the woods

MissCountryGirl727:  I’ve tried the caps (a few different brands) and they didn’t work for our cat. He chewed them off and the glue caused his nails to split. That being said, declawing is still awful. We just dealt with the furniture carnage. No other suggestions, sorry:(

Post # 6
5161 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

Hyperventilate:  Yeah, we adopted our cat when she was a little older and I think has been traumatized by a previous owner when it comes to nail clipping. Even with treats, and lots of praise and gentleness, she does not like nail clipping. It is already a bit of a trick as she is long haired as well so the hair kind of hides her nails from view. I am just glad I don’t have to glue caps on her in addition to cutting her nails. It would take days to get all her nails cut and those caps glued on!

Post # 7
2123 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

MissCountryGirl727:  You still need to clip your cat’s claws, you can’t just give them a scratching post alone. I don’t really like the caps, but if they’re a necessity for your cat and yourself then I’d go as far as to recommend them. We have a small cattery and we regularly clip claws and they all have a scratch post. We do not use caps, never have done, never needed to. I’ve seen cats at clubs/shows with them and most people get pretty frustrated and think it’s cruel. It’s not a partitularly nice thing to have to do but if you’ve got to then you’ve got to. It sounds like dizzybee130 uses them for a very good reason! And I agree with you all about declawing. We don’t do it in the UK and I honestly think anyone who even considers it soulnd have their throat throttled.

Post # 8
40 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

I used them once… wasn’t great and wasn’t terrible either. I put it on two cats neither of which made it easy to get on but I got them on there. With one they stayed on the right amount of time and fell off naturally, but with my other cat they didn’t seem to come off I had to keep clipping them to encourage them to come off. I decided it wasn’t worth it in the end.  They do sell flat scratching boards that you can hang where he’s been scratching our move one of your scratching posts closer to that area.  And put some cat nip or cat nip spray on there too really make him wanna scratch on that one.

Post # 9
4242 posts
Honey bee

My cat is declawed, but I cringe at the thought of trying to put those on her if she had claws.

My friend uses them on her two cats with varied success- one lets her put them on and they work great, one turns into a manac so they just make sure to always clip his nails. I’d say they’re worth a shot! 

Post # 11
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

They made my cat sad, so I regretted it. It feels real good for them to have full use of their claws. 

That said, I’ve seen other cats online that love to have their caps put on and seem to look forward to manicure time! I think it just depends on the cat.

Like this one!

Post # 12
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

When I first got my rescue kitty, I bought the caps as a precautionary just in case I needed them. I learned really quickly that, at least in my case, they are unnecessary. If you stay on top of just trimming your cat’s nails so they aren’t sharp enough to do any damage that should mostly solve the issue. I’ve heard sometimes bacteria can actually get stuck under the caps and can cause infection. I’ve also heard that it can damage your cat’s actual nails

Post # 13
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Omaha, NE

I love nail caps! They are very easy to put on, only takes a few minutes, and they fall off naturally as your cat sheds their outer layers of their nails. They can also still perform the scratching motion on a post or wherever they scratched before, it does not deter actual scratching on innapropriate things, it just prevents the harmful effects.

I used them for a good 6 months or so along with training her not to scratch on the floor or couch and providing her with a post to scratch on instead. We actively disciplined the behavior and made sure she was getting proper attention and nail care, and that licked the problem. I never intended to use them forever, but while we were training her there was no way to watch her while I wasn’t home, so they were more cautionary. Declawing is SO horrible and inhumane! Training and nail caps for a little while is cheaper and easier than declawing and causes no harm to your beautiful kitty!

Post # 14
1274 posts
Bumble bee

You mention in your update that you have never seen a need to clip that kitty’s nails. I would suggest buying proper nail clippers for cat’s claws from a pet store and asking your vet the best method to do so before you try out the nail caps. You might not em!

Our two 6-year old cats start going (extra) nutty on things other than the cat tree and their scratch pads when their nails get long, we tend to clip them once every month or month and a half. 

I will mention that it’s easier to start when they are younger to get them into the habit that you will be picking them up and cutting their nails, but take some time to pet them and reassure them before you do it the first time and hopefully they’ll let you! 

Post # 15
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Don’t do anything to the cats claws ( declawing, claw caps etc.) It’s in their nature to use them.  Instead, have a spray bottle with water ready and whenever you see him clawing somewhere use that water bottle. Buy also a cat tree that he can use and clip the nails once every month.

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