are claw covers safe for cats

Myth #2 – They Cause Damage To The Nail And Nail Bed

The Soft Paws brand was created by a veterinarian to be soft and non-toxic to both cats and dogs. When the nail caps are applied correctly, there should never be able damage or discomfort to the cat’s paws or nail beds.

How often do I need to get nail caps replaced?

Nail caps are supposed to last six weeks or so, and as the nails grow, they will naturally come off. But by the eighth week, you’ll have to get new ones if they don’t fall off. If you don’t, the caps will become uncomfortable. Recall not to use excessive amounts of glue, as this will make the removal process challenging.

Should the nail caps consistently come off, it’s probable that you’re utilizing the incorrect size. The caps won’t properly stick to your cat’s nails if they are too big.

And never forget to always trim and clean your cat’s nails before applying a fresh set of caps.

So…what exactly are nail caps?

Nail caps are small plastic covers that you glue over your cat’s nails to reduce the harm that sharp claws can cause. They last four to six weeks, are affordable, and can be applied at home.

These robust covers come in a variety of sizes and colors (typically neon) to accommodate your personal preferences.

Are there any downsides to using nail caps?

Similar to any novel item we test on our animals, nail caps may have drawbacks.

And just like any other pet product, opinions are divided. Here’s what naysayers have to say:

• “They’re ridiculous-looking. Some pet owners are worried that people who support nail caps are wearing them as gaudy fashion accessories. Some people will treat nail caps as a cutesy manicure for their cats instead of using them as a practical solution to clawing.

• “They make cats defenseless. ” This concern bears weight. Nail caps prevent a cat from being able to defend itself against other animals. This is the reason it’s crucial that indoor cats only wear nail caps.

• “They’re difficult to apply. It takes some getting used to applying nail caps correctly. It could be difficult to glue tiny plastic covers to your cat’s nails if he doesn’t like having his paws handled.

• “They may require sedation.” Patrick Mahaney, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Los Angeles shared with us another downside worth considering: “[There’s always] the potential need to sedate or anesthetize the cat so a degree of cooperation can be achieved.” If your cat is extra fidgety or nervous, this could be an area of concern.

There are many satisfied customers who have had success with nail caps in spite of these worries. It’s important to use them as intended and not just as a cat mani-pedi.


Is it okay to put nail covers on cats?

“[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. Your cat’s nails will continue to grow naturally, and he’ll still be able to stretch and retract his nails with the caps on.

What do vets think of cat claw caps?

They are a safe remedy for cats who love to sharpen their claws on furniture. Some cats will walk funny for a couple of minutes after putting them on because they feel a bit weird, but the caps are not painful and don’t damage the toe or nail.

Do cats dislike claw caps?

If they are too big or too small they will bother the cat. Also make sure you don’t push the nail cap all the way up where it touches the base of where the claw grows out of the paw. That will irritate and hurt the cat. Needless to say be careful of getting their fur on the claws glued to the caps.

Do groomers put cat claw caps on?

Select locations offer grooming & bathing services for cats like nail trim, nail caps application, ear cleaning & sanitary trim.