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Author Topic: Possible alternative to an e-collar?  (Read 4878 times)
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« on: July 18, 2010, 07:15:09 PM »

Soft Claws for Cats

http://www.thecatandkittenstore.com/servlet/the-Soft-Claws-for-Cats/Categories

Thought this might be useful in cases where e-collars just won't work or don't. They have them for dogs also.
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 05:50:07 AM »

Has anyone ever used these, and, if so, do they stay on?
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 09:11:49 AM »

I've thought about getting them for Bella, but haven't taken the step to find a place to do it yet.  Her claws are very long and she won't let me clip them without help (of which I have none, living alone).  And 'Bisi's razor sharp shuriken at the end of her paws make me think I'll be looking more seriously into it.
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2010, 03:42:14 PM »

Like 3cats, I would also like to know if anyone has used these.  I've considered trying them on Baby when she's having her eye issues.  She's such a bear to just trim her claws, I just don't know how easily they would be to put on.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2010, 03:57:35 PM »

I tried these on Rufus.
Trimming his claws was akin to alligator wrestling.  It was a 2 human operation with me holding and bleeding profusely and DH trimming.

So putting these on was a snap and problem solved............ROFLMAO.  Grin
I got 2 on and needed sutures on my hand and Rufus has them off in no time flat.
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2010, 04:06:20 PM »

Make a note:  have a professional put these on   Shocked
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2010, 04:11:11 PM »

I have not used these, but don't see them as an alternative to an e-collar since the cat can still scratch an area around the head or ears or face and do some damage even if the claws aren't sharp. However, my daughter-in-law's mother used them some years back on her cat.  Problem - did not stay on well and claws grew and pushed them off anyway.  Probably not a good long-term solution to trimming nails.  I think the nails have to be trimmed before applying them anyway.  Main purpose is to prevent furniture damage from scratching with sharp nails.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2010, 04:19:37 PM »

They would not work for sutures in an area the cat could bite at, like post spay surgery.  Imagine they would come off if snagged on sutures?Huh

This is OT, but we once had a cat snag her claw on a wire dog crate.  She was actually stuck and thank goodness I was home and heard her scream.  She started getting panicky very quickly.
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« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2010, 05:02:50 PM »

I've not used these, but I know someone who did due to health issues that meant she absolutely could not get a cat scratch.

The initial application is best done by a vet or a very experienced groomer.  The claws need to be cut short to put them on at first.  Just as with any type of artificial nail tips on humans, as the nails grow out these will come off and need to be replaced in about three to four weeks.  It is a very distressing procedure for the cat in my observation.

These only soften the claw.  They do not prevent the cat from hooking the claw under  something and pulling.  Nor, as others have said, do they prevent biting or rubbing at an affected area.
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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2010, 05:32:31 PM »

Well, thanks, all, for the experiences with these. The hard plastic and even flexible blue soft E collars are hard to use, but these don't sound real effective either exactly. There's nothing
like kitty flexibility and determination apparently.
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2010, 05:37:52 PM »

Well at least this brought forth info on those who have used them. Too bad they are not a viable item.
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2010, 06:18:21 PM »

There's nothing like kitty flexibility and determination apparently.

That's for sure!
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