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Soft Claws: Nail Caps For Cats

Updated on May 30, 2010

What Are Soft Claws?

Developed by a veterinarian, Soft Claws are vinyl nail caps that look like a hollow claw and are glued onto your cat's existing claws. They cover the claw tips so no damage occurs when your cat scratches.

Soft Claws are widely regarded as the safe and humane solution to cat scratching in the home and are highly recommend as an alternative to declawing because it doesn't harm the cat in any manner, and in most cases, the cat doesn't even notice them!

Choosing The Right Sizes

Soft Claws offer several sizes to make sure they are both secure and comfortable for your cat.

  • Kitten: Soft Claws will fit most kittens by the time they reach the age of 12-16 weeks. Kittens up to about 5 months of age and 5 pounds body weight generally fit into the kitten size. It is best not to trim kitten's nails before application because their nails are so small.
  • Small: Approximately 6 months of age. Approximately 6-8 pounds. Some kittens at 5 months may need the small size if they are growing fast or are large-breed cats. Small-boned adult cats often wear the small size. If your cat seems smaller than an average full-grown cat, choose small.
  • Medium: Approximately 9-13 pounds. Most adult average size cats wear medium.
  • Large: Approximately 14 pounds and up. Very large-boned and large-breed cats wear large. Maine Coons, for example, are very large cats and generally wear large.

Soft Claws Kits

Protect your home against destructive scratching by applying Soft Claws Nail Caps to your pets nails. These comfortable and effective nail caps are easy to apply and up to last 6 weeks!

Feline Soft Claw Nail Caps Kit includes 40 natural colored nail caps for 2 individual applications, 2 adhesive tubes, 6 applicator tips and instructions.

Soft Claws also come in a variety of sizes so your cat or kitten will have a purrrrfect fit and in an assortment of fun colors!

I love using the colored claws because it looks like she just got a feline manicure! If you're not interested in using colors, there's also a clear option for the most discrete feline.

Soft Claws Come In Many Colors

Soft Claws Demonstration

How To Apply Soft Claws

Soft Claws are surprisingly quick and easy to apply to your cat's paws.

  1. Clean your cat's nails prior to applying Soft Claws.
  2. Trim the tip of your cat's claw, being careful not to trim off too much. 
  3. Fill one-third of the Soft Claw with the included glue. Avoid overfilling the cap or the glue will attach to your cat's fur, making application difficult.
  4. Gently pull your cat's fur back to expose his claw and then apply the Soft Claw by placing it firmly over the claw. 
  5. Repeat this process for all of your cat's claws. 
  6. Monitor your cat carefully to ensure that he is adjusting well to the Soft Claws. It is possible that You may have to reattach some Soft Claws if your cat chews or scratches before the glue has dried.

Soft Claws protect your cat and your furniture!
Soft Claws protect your cat and your furniture!

Soft Claw Testimonials

"What a great product and I wish I had known about them sooner, I could have saved a lot of my furniture!" ~ JenJen, California

"I love the nail caps! I usually pet and play with my cat for about 5 minutes after to distract them while the glue dries. I can find the clear ones in the stores, but the colored ones let you know immediately when one comes off." ~ Psyche, North Carolina

"I think declawing in inhumane. That did not keep me from being dissatisfied when my cats scratched up my furniture. I've been using these covers for about 4 months now and think they are great. My cats are very cooperative when I put them on and don't notice them after they've been on for 10 minutes. I recommend these for all cat owners." ~ Kathryn, Ohio

"I was surprised at how easy these are to put on, they stay on, and they save my furniture. I took my cat to the vet with them on and now the vet carries them to offer as a humane alternative to declawing." ~ Allison, Michigan


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    • pauligirl profile image

      pauligirl 6 years ago from Southern California

      Those are some pretty nails!

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      Lily 7 years ago

      We saved our cat for being declawed with these soft nails. They are amazing! Our cat loves the pink and purple ones! So stylish!

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      Terry Chestnutt 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Terrific info. Very welcome. It is good to hear they are easy to put on. Just the thing for my cat, whom I refuse to have declawed.

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      oscillationatend 7 years ago from a recovering narcissist.

      Awesome. K@ri's cat has back claws that she likes to use at the most inopportune time. I may have to look into this!

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      Derek D 7 years ago from United States

      I have a cat that likes to use my cocktail table as a scratching post.

      What an ingenious idea. Stylish as well :)

      Great Hub Lauralolita !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Valuable info for cat owners.................