Anyone tried the claw caps from Foster/Smith?

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Anyone tried the claw caps from Foster/Smith?

Post by Susan All » Wed, 15 Nov 1995 04:00:00



Hi!

In my new copy of the Drs. Foster & Smith catalog, I noticed a very
interesting item - claw caps!!

It seems to me a very humane alternative to the declawing dilemma faced
by many *indoor* cat owners (never declaw an outdoor kitty!).

The caps are sized according to a size chart in the catalog (measure your
kitty's claws against it - have fun doing that! :), an adhesive is
included, which is placed inside the cap and then the cap is slipped
over the extended claw.  When the claw retracts, your kitty ends up with
safe-for-you-and-the-furniture claws.  She/he can still scratch his/her
self effectively without breaking his/her skin open, can still play,
etc., but the caps keep the claws from being so sharp!

They come in colors, too!  How fashionable! :)

Has anyone tried them?? I'm considering getting them for my kitty, who
has a penchant for sharpening on the furniture (I've bought almost
all the scratching posts on the market - no luck - she prefers the
couch!), and for pulling the *** padding out from under our area rugs.
I don't want to declaw her - I think that's cruel and unusual punishment
for something a cat has no control over.

Hope to see some opinions here!

Susan

 
 
 

Anyone tried the claw caps from Foster/Smith?

Post by Jo Ann Hil » Fri, 17 Nov 1995 04:00:00


I have not tried the claw caps, although I have seen them advertised.  
Why don't you just trim your cat's claws?  I know it sounds like a
nightmare, but is not nearly as bad as you might think (keep treats on
hand for appropriate ***!).  You only need to do the front ones,
since they don't claw things with the back feet other than when
climbing, beating up a toy, etc.  Just get a little pair of pet scissors
-- or even "people" nail clippers will do -- and trim the sharp point
off.  Be careful not to cut into the pink part.  The dulled claws then
are no threat to you, your furniture, rugs, etc.  This is what I do with
my cat, who has gotten so accustomed to the t*** that she looks
forward to it (knowing many treats are forthcoming).  She "kneads" on
the furniture, carpet, etc., but snags nary a thread.  It's
cheap-easy-humane and effective.
 
 
 

Anyone tried the claw caps from Foster/Smith?

Post by chri » Sun, 19 Nov 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>I have not tried the claw caps, although I have seen them advertised.  
>Why don't you just trim your cat's claws?  I know it sounds like a
>nightmare, but is not nearly as bad as you might think (keep treats on
>hand for appropriate ***!).  You only need to do the front ones,
>since they don't claw things with the back feet other than when
>climbing, beating up a toy, etc.  Just get a little pair of pet scissors

You are VERY lucky, between our cats, we have 1 who just complains
about being held (the kitten), 1, who unfortunately, does not have her
front claws, but we DO occasionally trim her rear ones (at 14+lbs, you
don't want ANYTHING sharp digging into your body when you become
furniture <G>), and 2 who DO NOT LIKE IT ONE BIT WHATSOEVER and who
attempt ANYTHING to stop you (claw, kick, bite, rant, rave, scream
etc, etc <G>).  These two would greatly benifit from these covers, as
their razo...I mean claws seem to resharpen almost evernight <G>.
 
 
 

Anyone tried the claw caps from Foster/Smith?

Post by Ken and Kell » Sat, 25 Nov 1995 04:00:00


We use them. They work well, or not so well, depending on the cat. One of our cats will devote
himself to gnawing them off, to the eclusion of everything else. Another leaves them completely
alone. They last 3-6 weeks, and periodically you will find little nail caps around the floor
(they don't all come off at once, of course).

Ken

 
 
 

Anyone tried the claw caps from Foster/Smith?

Post by Susan All » Tue, 05 Dec 1995 04:00:00



Quote:


>>I have not tried the claw caps, although I have seen them advertised.  
>>Why don't you just trim your cat's claws?  I know it sounds like a
>>nightmare, but is not nearly as bad as you might think (keep treats on
>>hand for appropriate ***!).  You only need to do the front ones,
>>since they don't claw things with the back feet other than when
>>climbing, beating up a toy, etc.  Just get a little pair of pet
scissors

>You are VERY lucky, between our cats, we have 1 who just complains
>about being held (the kitten), 1, who unfortunately, does not have her
>front claws, but we DO occasionally trim her rear ones (at 14+lbs, you
>don't want ANYTHING sharp digging into your body when you become
>furniture <G>), and 2 who DO NOT LIKE IT ONE BIT WHATSOEVER and who
>attempt ANYTHING to stop you (claw, kick, bite, rant, rave, scream
>etc, etc <G>).  These two would greatly benifit from these covers, as
>their razo...I mean claws seem to resharpen almost evernight <G>.

(author of original "claw caps" post responds:)

I *do* clip her claws - every two weeks - and as the above kittyperson
mentions - it's a NIGHTMARE!!  She hisses, growls, digs her claws into
me if I don't have a good grip on her feet, and will occasionally BITE
me! AND SHE BREAKS THE SKIN WHEN SHE DOES IT!!  I think the claw caps
are the best way to go for me - and her, as she ends up absolutely
hating me for at least two days after I clip her claws.  Granted, I may
still have to clip them, but at least it will keep her from clawing me,
my furniture, my pantyhose!!

Susan

 
 
 

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Post by Priscilla Ball » Wed, 06 Dec 1995 04:00:00


: I *do* clip her claws - every two weeks - and as the above kittyperson
: mentions - it's a NIGHTMARE!!  She hisses, growls, digs her claws into
: me if I don't have a good grip on her feet, and will occasionally BITE
: me! AND SHE BREAKS THE SKIN WHEN SHE DOES IT!!  I think the claw caps
: are the best way to go for me - and her, as she ends up absolutely
: hating me for at least two days after I clip her claws.  Granted, I may
: still have to clip them, but at least it will keep her from clawing me,
: my furniture, my pantyhose!!

Isn't getting the claw caps on just as difficult as clipping the claws?  My
Ariel puts getting his claws clipped in the same category as neutering without
anaesthesia.  You'd think I was killing the boy!  So, they just don't get
clipped most of the time.

I've heard rumors, but no details, of claw caps.  How do they work?  How do
they go on?  To reiterate... isn't it just as hard to put them on as to clip
the claws?

Priscilla (who bears many a scar from countering Ariel's will)