will vets put nail caps on cats

Putting them on

Many cats are paw-shy. They don’t like their paws being touched, unless they were properly conditioned at a young age, or have gone through a desensitisation and counter-conditioned process. To put cat nail caps on properly, many suggest taking the cat to a vet or groomer.

Myth #1 – Nails Are Prohibited From Retracting

Undoubtedly untrue! When a cat’s nails grow and then grow back, the nail is not growing up into the actual paw. A cat’s ability to retract and relax its nails keeps its nails from coming into contact with the ground while it walks. The cat’s paws and nails can move in the same natural ways with and without nail caps on. As long as the nail caps are applied correctly, which includes being the appropriate size for the cat’s nail, trimming the nail before application, and using just enough glue to adhere, the nails can be comfortably extended and retracted.

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

A veterinarian developed the Soft Paws brand to be gentle and non-toxic for both dogs and cats. The cat’s paws or nail beds shouldn’t ever sustain damage or discomfort when the nail caps are placed properly. Correct application includes:

  • selecting a nail cap size and shape that fits each cat’s nails comfortably
  • Applying just enough glue to hold things together, without going overboard. The cat’s hair, nail bed, or surrounding skin around the claws should all be free of glue.
  • Leaving space between the cat’s nail bed and the nail cap, and cutting the nail just past the top of the “hook,” rather than as short as usual

Myth #4 – They Don’t Last Long

When nail caps are applied for the first time, some cats may bite or pick at the caps in an attempt to get attention. This is typical behavior, and most cats will stop interacting with them after a few weeks or applications. Like with many behaviors, rewarding your cat with treats, games, and cuddles will help divert their attention from picking at their nail caps and keep them calm while you trim their nails and apply nail caps.


How much does it cost to put caps on cat nails?

You can typically get a pack of forty (plus the adhesive) for under $15 on Amazon. You can put them on your cat yourself — no need to visit a groomer. Each cap should stay on the nail for about six weeks, and then fall off with the natural growth of the nail.

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.

Is it OK to put nail caps 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.

Will Petsmart put on cat nail caps?

Express services featuring uninterrupted salon services that limit the amount of time your pet spends in the salon. Select locations offer grooming & bathing services for cats like nail trim, nail caps application, ear cleaning & sanitary trim. We use the exclusive state-of-the-art Hydrosurge BathPro 9.0.