Cats are known for their piercing claws and continual scratching. For decades, declawing was considered a routine procedure, but in recent years, it has fallen out of favor. Animal health experts and veterinarians now believe declawing to be unnecessarily dangerous and inhumane to cats, and many clinics refuse to do the procedure at all.
However, clawing and destructive scratching is still an issue for pet owners, so there have been significant developments in creating alternatives to medical declawing.
Humane Alternatives to Declawing
Undesirable scratching is one of the prime reasons for surrendering cats to shelters, but there are less aggressive alternatives to declawing or abandonment. Soft Claws, developed by a veterinarian, ranks high on the list of humane alternatives.
Soft Claws comes in a re-sealable plastic container, which includes 40 nail caps, two tubes of adhesive and instructions for application. If your cat is used to having his nails trimmed, applying Soft Claws is a breeze:
- Trim your cat's nail tips as usual
- Fill the nail caps one-third full with adhesive
- Slide the nail caps onto the nails, one by one.
- Wait a minute or so to allow adhesive to set, then let your cat go.
Until you feel completely proficient with the process, you might want to just do one nail at a time to start off. If you or your cat are too timid, many veterinarians or retailers will handle the application for you, for a small fee, or even for free if you purchase the Soft Claws from them.
Soft Claws come in Kitten, Small, Medium, and Large sizes, and in Natural, Purple, Pink, Blue, and Red colors, and are available online, in local pet stores and from veterinarians. If you are seeking relief from destructive or painful scratching by a cat, I highly recommend Soft Claws.
Getting Your Cat Used to Soft Claws
If your cat is not used to having his nails trimmed, getting Soft Claws on can be more challenging.
Veterinarians will often still do the procedure, but in some cases, your cat will need to be sedated.
You can make the process much safer and easier on your pet by working with him at home. Before trying to put the caps on, spend several days and weeks just getting him used to having his paws handled. When he is calm, touch each paw for a few seconds, letting him get used to the sensation. When he is comfortable with that, touch each nail and wiggle it gently. Then you can work up to trimming them and sliding on the caps. Go slowly, use liberal amounts of cat nip and be patient. With time and practice, your cat will get used to the process and you will be able to put on the Soft Claws caps without any problem. The effort is worth saving your cat from the discomfort of declawing.