are cat nail caps safe

Are nail caps safe for cats? According to Mary Molloy, animal behavior counselor and founder of Nirvana Tails in NYC—yes, absolutely. “[The caps] do not prevent the cat from retracting his claw, and if properly applied, they do not cause any pain or damage to the claw bed,” she reports.

Myth #5 – They’re A Permanent Solution

Cat nails can grow naturally even under nail caps. This indicates that the nails are continuing to grow normally even with the nail caps on, and they may eventually grow longer than is comfortable. Nail caps should not be left on the nails for more than 6 to 8 weeks, even if your cat ignores them after the first application. At this stage, use nail trimmers to remove the remaining caps, and then clean and trim your nails before applying a fresh set of nail caps. This keeps the nails healthy and long while continuing to protect them from scratches.

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Cat nail caps are becoming more and more popular, although opinions on the subject are mixed online. They were developed by one of the most well-known companies that sells this product to prevent cats from destroying furniture. These days, cheap versions are easily found on well-known discount websites as a gimmicky fashion accessory that enables cat parents to get manicures that match those of their pets.

are cat nail caps safe

We hope that this article will provide you with the tools to make an informed decision amidst the abundance of contradicting information regarding the safety of cat nail caps.

What Nature Tells Us About Cat Scratching

Cats scratch for a variety of reasons in their natural behavior.

  • Maintain it’s claws
  • in order for them to properly groom by using their nails as a comb
  • To leave a scent to mark it’s territory
  • To stretch their bodies
  • To express excitement, joy

Scratching should be expected by first time cat owners. It’s a natural quality of these independent animals. Your cat can be trained to use a scratching post instead of furniture as a scratching surface.

Because wood has the ideal texture, outdoor cats typically spend the majority of their scratching time outside. Think about using a ProtectaPet system, such as a Catio, Enclosure, or Fence Top Barrier, to let your indoor cat explore outside safely.


Do vets recommend cat nail caps?

Many veterinarians do recommend cat claw caps as a humane and effective way to prevent cats from scratching and causing damage to furniture and other surfaces.

How long does it take for cat nail caps to fall off?

Once the nail caps are applied, they remain in place for approximately 4-6 weeks. They will fall off with the natural growth of your cat’s nails. We recommend that you check your cat’s nails periodically because usually just one or two fall off at a time, and these can easily be reapplied.

What are cat nail caps made of?

Kitty Caps are made from a safe and nontoxic natural vinyl resin. They’re safe, easy to apply, and stop all snags and scratches. After application, your pet’s claws can extend and retract without any disturbance. Kitty Caps will fall off as your cats nails grow and shed, generally 4-8 weeks after application.

Is it cruel to clip a cat’s claws?

No! It’s an important part of caring for your cat. If a cat’s claws are not trimmed on a regular basis, they can curl in on themselves and grow into the foot pad, causing intense pain. Untrimmed nails can also pose a hazard to people and furniture, both of which can be injured by long claws.