(Closed) Soft Paws

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I think the soft paws are awesome. We used them on our cat when she was small. She doesn’t scratch up things as much now that she is older. They fall off when the nail grows or if you don’t get enough glue on them when you put them on. Before you put them on, you need to clip their nails to get the best fit. Our cat was very good letting us put them on her. You may have to wrap your cat in a towel, so you don’t get scratched. Our cat would play with the ones that fell off, but to my knowledge, she never swallowed any of them. They are pretty small, so in the off chance that either of your cats swallowed one, they would probably come out pretty easy. We usually had to replace one or two a week because her nails grew fairly fast. Oh, and at first, she would chew them off, but once she got used to them, she stopped doing that, and also when you first put them on and they go to scratch something, it is a little sad and funny becuase they get this weird look on their face that says “What’s up with this? Why can’t I scratch?”

All that being said, we love them and Sami, our cat, loves to get them on now and they come in many different colors. We like the pink ones and the purple ones. If you order some, make sure you weigh your cats to make sure you get the correct size. If they are borderline on a size, get a size up.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I’m curious on this too because I bought them for my cat but she doesn’t like to let us touch her feet so I’m not sure HOW to get them on her!  They are still in the package.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MightySapphire: Start playing with her feet. She should eventually get used to touching them. That is what we do. We also only put them on her front paws. Whenever she sits in my lap, I am always messing with her feet, so she is always used to it. You may have to just put a couple on, then giver her a break, then do a couple more. After you do it a few times, she should get used to it.

I also give Sami treats when I do hers. She now expects a treat if she behaves, so it is to her benefit that she behaves.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

My kitty is 7 years old and polydactyl.  I think her extra thumbs might hurt, and that’s why she won’t let us touch her feet…I’ve tried constantly touching her feet, but she “bites” (not hard, just like a slow controlled warning saying Mommy, NO.).

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I considered getting soft paws but to me, it wasn’t worth the money. My cat loves her scratching post. In Australia, they don’t declaw cats. Honestly, if you have a cat you have to expect the cat to scratch furniture. Just get a nice throw to cover any furniture that might get ruined and make sure they have tons of scratching posts and other things to keep them occupied.

I would also be concerned about what would happen if the cat swallowed one of the soft paws fake nails…

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve used them before and they were awesome. I would never declaw a cat, but used to have a rather furniture loving one and soft paws really did work wonders. Plus, he could sit on me all day long and not tear my legs up. They never seemed to bother him and were pretty easy to get on. Sometimes we would just do a foot at a time and take a break in between, but he got used to them quickly. I think they are well worth it in comparison to declawing. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

We tried it but realized trimming my cat’s nails weekly worked better for us. We never got past the stage where she chewed them off, but they definitely seem to work for other cats.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

Just got the “EmeryCat” in the mail.  Put it out to see how it would be received.  As usual, my cat mocked my desire to curb her habits!  She smelled it, walked on it, then went over to her OLD scratching boards by the trash and scratched THOSE.  It was like she was saying “I’m not trimming down my own nails, you’re going to do it yourself, you’re going to like it, and I’m going to enjoy biting and scratching you every time you try!”  *sigh*  Looks like the old burrito technique will have to be enough for now…(burrito technique=wrapping her in a towel so she can’t move her legs and pulling them out one leg at a time to clip her nails, meanwhile trying to avoid her teeth.)

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

We can only hope!  She still makes that meowing sound that makes my heart break though!

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