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Do nail caps hurt cats?

Holly in Tavares, FL
Jan. 19, 2018

Because my cats claw so many things around the house, I'm considering nail caps. I don't want to hurt them, though. Do nail caps hurt cats?

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Hi there, Full disclosure, I represent Purrdy Paws, the oldest and largest nail cap manufacturer. I can answer some of the concerns listed here and you can check out our website for even more info : - Cats can still retract their claws as Purrdy Paws are developed by a veterinarian specifically to cat’s claw profile. - Nail Caps are best for indoor cats, as they will stop cats ability to climb and scratch, - Nail Caps will fall off naturally as the cat sheds their nails - Nail Caps may fall off early, especially if they are to big, or if the cat chews on them. Most cats don't especially if you keep them distracted for 15 minutes or so after applying. Some companies offer designs they claim will lock the cap in. Don't believe this, to glue any 2 objects together requires maximum surface to surface area for glue to work, so having a grid or a cleat in the cap weakens the bond significantly. - Purrdy Paws offers two types of adhesives, including an exclusive gel adhesive. Both are safe and non-toxic - Plus they are fun, we have over 40 colors, many common combos, and you can customize any order by choosing specific colors in multiples of 10. Match your cat with your favorite nail polish or sports team! We have lots more info, fun pics, and we can be contacted anytime with additional questions - hope this helps !

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Misti in Lawton, OK
Dec. 28, 2017

I use Soft Paws nail caps on my three cats and here is what I've learned by experience. Cats do chew at the claws during the training phase while they get used to having them on. The caps and glue by the brand I use has Never made them ill. As far as the allegations that the covers impede their natural habitat, those are false. Correctly fitting covers allow full retraction and extension of the claws. My cats still "scratch" but with the covers on there is zero damage and it feels akin to a tickle on your leg or skin when they knead. They climb, jump, and use the litter box the same as when they are without covers. The only drawback I've found is that you have to check their paws weekly until you know whether your cat sheds their nails properly or not. If not, then at the four to six week mark you have to clip the nails to encourage them to shed. I have one cat that has this issue and if I'm completely honest I should be clipping her nails that often without the caps as well to prevent her from getting extra long claws that interfere with her day to day activities. She doesn't chew them down on her own and snags on everything if she's not capped or clipped regularly.

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Nail caps are much better than declawing. There are a few negatives to nail caps actually; they trap the sweat that build up in their nails, they are unable to fully stretch and retract their claws, and it makes it harder for the cats to walk. Try giving the cat it's own specific furniture, such as; scratching posts, cat trees, and cat condos so they can scratch their own things. You could always try and clip their nails also so they aren't as sharp! Be CAREFUL when doing this because you don't want to cut too short and make them bleed, that is very dangerous for cats. Try looking up reviews on nail caps, as for I haven't used them on my cat before!

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User in Jackson, NJ
Sept. 3, 2016

No but be warned I tried them on my cats and they chewed them off right away. They do not stay on your cats either when their claws come off naturally. You could try something different such as adding more different types of scratching posts to the areas where they are clawing.

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User in La Crosse, WI
June 28, 2016

I heard they don't hurt at all, but I heard sometimes the cats will try to bite them off and when successful they swallow them and get sick from the glue : (

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They don't hurt cats, but the cat can get sick from the glue. Or they just fall off. My friend's cat had some and they fell off real quick. So that's up to you on if you want to invest in them or try some other options.

Hope this helps :)

Amanda C.

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