Foster/Smith claw caps

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Foster/Smith claw caps

Post by Gates » Mon, 20 Nov 1995 04:00:00



      This is hard to describe without being able to illustrate, but the
way that cats sharpen their claws is by sloughing off the top layer.
Imagine those Russian dolls that open at the middle, and with each one
there is a smaller one inside, until  you get to the very smallest one.
That smallest one represents the quick of your cat's claw, where new claw
material is being made. Then there are successive layers of old claw
material that flake off when they get too dull, exposing the next, newer
layer. In other words, the new claw material is generated on the inside at
the quick, and slowly makes its way to the top layer.
         ANYWAY, my point is that I can't believe those claw caps wouldn't
get sloughed off with the cat's top layer of claw in a few weeks. And if
they didn't, I wonder if it might impair the sloughing off process and
therefore damage his paw, sort of like an ingrown nail.  I don't really
know anything about it, but these are my impressions.
         Did that description make any sense?        Gaelen
 
 
 

Foster/Smith claw caps

Post by Anne B L » Wed, 22 Nov 1995 04:00:00


     I just go the new Foster/smith catalogue and apparently these claw caps
are designed to be sloughed off with the cats nail in 4-6 weeks. The kit you
buy from them is a six month supply and costs $20. Sorry, i have no experience
with this product.

Anne Lee


 
 
 

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Post by Dan Blumenfe » Wed, 22 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>      This is hard to describe without being able to illustrate, but the
>way that cats sharpen their claws is by sloughing off the top layer.
>Imagine those Russian dolls that open at the middle, and with each one
>there is a smaller one inside, until  you get to the very smallest one.
>That smallest one represents the quick of your cat's claw, where new claw
>material is being made. Then there are successive layers of old claw
>material that flake off when they get too dull, exposing the next, newer
>layer. In other words, the new claw material is generated on the inside at
>the quick, and slowly makes its way to the top layer.
>         ANYWAY, my point is that I can't believe those claw caps wouldn't
>get sloughed off with the cat's top layer of claw in a few weeks. And if
>they didn't, I wonder if it might impair the sloughing off process and
>therefore damage his paw, sort of like an ingrown nail.  I don't really
>know anything about it, but these are my impressions.
>         Did that description make any sense?        Gaelen

I think that the idea with the cat claw caps is that they do fall off
after a few weeks or so, and they need to be replaced.  If the cat
somehow manages to chew off one of the caps and swallows it, the
plastic is supposedly non-toxic... essentially it is inert, and the
cat will poop it out.  I personally have never tried the claw caps,
as my cat is pretty good about not scratching in places that are
"off-limits".

- Dan

 
 
 

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Post by Cheshire C » Wed, 22 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Yes, these claw covers do slough off in a few weeks, but that is why you
need to reapply them when necessary. I've also found that you need to be
careful not to cut the claws too short before applying them. I have a
tendency to do that.

Otherwise I think they are a great idea. I've used them on Rainbow for a
number of months now.

--
Andrea
aka Cheshire Cat

 
 
 

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Post by Rebecca McQuit » Fri, 24 Nov 1995 04:00:00



Quote:

>Yes, these claw covers do slough off in a few weeks, but that is why you
>need to reapply them when necessary. I've also found that you need to be
>careful not to cut the claws too short before applying them. I have a
>tendency to do that.

>Otherwise I think they are a great idea. I've used them on Rainbow for a
>number of months now.

Hi Andrea,

I need to get these before Christmas (my mother understandably
doesn't want Bob and Charcoal messing up her nice furniture).
Maybe you can answer a question for me.  I'm sitting here with
my handy-dandy Foster & Smith catalogue, with its cute little
chart of cat claw sizes.  But which claw on the cat do I
compare to the chart?  The biggest?  The smallest?  A medium
sized claw?  

The benefit of your experience (or anyone's) would be greatly
appreciated.

Rebecca (who's not sure she can sign Bob and Charcoal's names
to this one--especially since they will get a b*th after they
get plastic claws!)

 
 
 

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Post by Cheshire C » Thu, 30 Nov 1995 04:00:00


Actually I hadn't thought about that when I first ordered them! I guess I
was lucky. However, I think Rainbow's claws are pretty normal sized for a
cat yet she wears the small size. I'll bet they'll trade them if they are
the wrong size. Also F&S are pretty fast with their orders. Shouldn't take
too long in either case.

Good Luck!

--
Andrea
aka Cheshire Cat