February 16, 2014

Overview: Using Kitty Caps Nail Covers


If you read my about me section, then you know that I am the proud mom to 2 kitty cats. One is older, and I have had her for years, and her scratching days are well past her. However a few months ago I adopted a younger cat who felt the need to scratch everything she wanted. I am a very humane person, and I don't believe in de-clawing at all. So I started doing some online research about how to get my cat to stop scratching. While doing so, I stumbled upon many people who had pictures of their cats with colorful claws. For fun, I decided to check it out, and read that they were actually nail caps for cats claws. Most people seemed very pleased with them, so on my trip to Petsmart, I decided to pick some up. They were easy to find in store, right in the cat section near the toys. Lucky for me they were on sale, originally $14.99, but on offer for $11.00. They were available in 4 sizes depending on your cat(s) weight. My cat is 2 years old, and weighs about 6 pounds or so. She fell into the Small category. The set I got had pink/white caps and clear with purple sparkle caps, perfect for my little princess! I purchased them and went home to give it a try. The kit comes with 40 total caps (20 of each color), 2 nail glues, 2 applicator tips for the glue, and a instruction booklet. You can either put caps on all 4 paws (front and back) or just the front 2 paws (which is what I did). They are suppose to fall off naturally as your cats nails grow and shed, usually within 4-8 weeks.

I highly suggest that if you have a squirmy cat, have someone help you with this process. Before you start, have scissors on hand, snip the glue tip off, and place the applicator tip over it. Grab out the nail caps you wish to use. As I mentioned above, if your cat is hard to hold by yourself, have someone assist you in this. Have them hold your cat in a position where the cat is comfortable. Also if possible, have the cat distracted while you work on the claws.  If you are able to hold your cat yourself, take your time and try to keep them as calm as possible. The less squirming the better the results. I put my cat on my couch, on her side, and I had her paws facing me. I kept her calm by just patting her first, and within minutes she was fully relaxed and I could begin applying the nail caps.
Taking your nail glue, squeeze just enough glue inside to fill the cap up half way. It is important not to over fill the tip with glue. It could get messy if you do! A little glue goes a long way. Once the glue is in, take your cats nail, and gently push it out so you have access to the entire nail. Slide the nail cap over the nail, and cover the cats nail. Be sure to leave room at the top of your cats nail so it can still retract. Gently gently gently squeeze the nail cap on the side with a light pressure to assure that the nail is set on. Repeat the process on all nails. It is crucial to make sure the cat doesn't squirm around too much, or run off. Give the paws at least 5 minutes to dry before letting your cat run free again.

Your cat may walk weird for the first few minutes once they are on, and they may also try and bite at the caps. I would get my cats attention with a string and keep her mind off the caps. Within 30 minutes she was completely normal, and had no issue with the caps being on her nails at all. She was running, playing, and even trying to scratch.
She has been wearing them for a while, and I have to say I am highly impressed. They work wonderfully. She can scratch things without causing damage, however I still get after her when she does as I am trying to break this behavior, and not just let it continue. Playing with her is also even better now, no more worries of being scratched by accident. Also, her nails just look too darn cute now! It looks like she has a lil manicure going!

So far I have only had to re-glue 1 nail back on. No other issues at all. I highly recommend checking out these out, and trying them on your cat(s).

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