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I made an order to SOFT CLAWS uk, don´t buy from them. I tried to contact them to know the whereabouts of my order, they dont answer any of their 3 e-mail addresses or mainline telephone Nº. On sending a text message they say they´ll get back in an hour but just don´t bother.In order to post this review I had to give them a star ..what a laugh !
Okay... just earllier today I reviewed cat food, now I'm reviewing Soft Claws. There's a theme happening today.
When I first bought these, they were branded "Soft Paws". Now, "Soft Paws" are the dog version, and the cat ones are "Soft Claws". Whatever the name, they are much the same thing - little plastic caps that you glue on to your pet's claws to prevent accidental (or deliberate) scratching around the house.
The first thing to be aware of is that these are NOT appropriate for outdoor cats. They won't be able to climb trees, and therefore may not be able to escape if chased by a dog. They're also at a disadvantage if they get into a fight with another cat - so they're only good for strictly indoor-only cats. My cats have always been indoor-only cats, with outdoors time provided on an occasional and supervised basis. We've never had a major problem with them scratching furniture until the older cat realised that furniture scratching got VERY prompt attention from us! After that, she scratched furniture when she was hungry, or when she was annoyed with us for any reason. She was four before she started doing this - I blamed it on the addition of an attention-seeking kitten to the household. But anyway.
Applying these sounds straightforward. Squeeze a little bit of glue into the cap, then apply to claw. They grow out with the claw & are shed with the claw sheath every 6-8 weeks or so. In actual fact, it is pretty much as easy as it sounds... provided you're very confident handling your cat! If you trim their claws without a problem, you'll likely find this similarly easy to manage. If you don't dare touch your cat's feet for fear of getting shredded, don't bother with Soft Claws.
My cats don't wear these all the time, despite the fact that I promised our landlord they would when doing our rental application. They do very effectively prevent scratching damage... unless there's already holes large enough for them to get their Soft Claws into, in which case they will happily make the holes larger. I've found that they are quite effective at curbing scratching behaviour and preventing them from getting into the habit of scratching. For example, when I applied the Soft Claws just before we got a new sofa, their first experience of the sofa was that scratching was completely unsatisfying, and they didn't bother it again for months. Even furniture that had previously been a popular target became less interesting after the culprit had worn Soft Claws for a month.
Once applied, the nail caps really don't bother the cats. They fuss at them for a little while immediately after application - you need to hold the cat still for 30 seconds or so after sticking the caps on so that the glue can set. The only time they are worried by the Soft Claws is if we put too much glue in the caps - it will squeeze out & stick to their fur & the skin at the base of the nail. It hasn't caused them any actual damage, just irritates them a little.
A pack of Soft Claws can be purchased through Amazon for £16.95, and contains 40 nail caps. This is enough for 4 applications (you don't do the back claws, only the front ones), with each application lasting up to eight weeks - depending on how fast your cat's claws grow and what stage of growth they're at when you apply the caps. They come in an assortment of colours, and in three different sizes. Most cats will take a medium size, and the company website offers advice on choosing a size. The caps can be trimmed shorter if they seem a little too big for your cat.
Soft Claws were developed as an alternative to declawing indoor cats. I've found them to be effective in discouraging furniture scratching and preventing damage from scratching behaviour. I've marked them down a star because I sometimes find that the shape of the nail cap is wrong for my cat - while the length of the cap is right, it sometimes seems to be too narrow at the opening, so I can't push it fully down on his claw. I've only had this problem with one of my cats, and have found it's improved a little by not cutting his claws very short so there's plenty of length for the cap to adhere to.