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Jun 25, 2007


Extremely alert reader Monica L. sent this one in—"Soft Paws" for kittehs and pups, saving your floors from being scratched, one PAW AT A TIME!

Check out the designer colors. Hey, I guess they're better than Corn chip nail tips.


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While stylish, this kitty doesn't look all that happy about his soft paws! Looks kind of resigned. Still cuuute!

Kathy C
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:33 AM

At least corn chip nail tips would give him a snack........these look interesting....do they come in clear? It looks like his/her little nails (claws) are painted.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:36 AM

This kitty looks a little sad. If you put these things on their claws, does that mean they have to stay protracted all of the time? is that comfy?

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:40 AM

Lovely manicure. No, pedicure.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:40 AM

i wonder how many comments there will be about how this is animal cruelty....?

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:43 AM

Those can get expensive for the multi-toed kitties.

And they don't come in lime green. Disappointed.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:50 AM


Here's the first one.

Cats have claws for a reason. If having claws is inconvenient for the cat's 'owner' then don't have cats.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:51 AM

Kitty is fine. If kitty really wanted those goofy things off, they would be off. End of story.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:51 AM

I purchased Soft Paws for my kitties in lew of getting them de-clawed. They were tearing up my couches with their claw sharpening. I don't use them anymore...but when I did the cats didn't mind them one bit. They glue on over the nail and fall off in about 1-2 months. They don't hurt the kitties and after they are on- they don't even notice them. Plus, they can't damage your furniture. They would still try to sharpen their nails...but no damage! It was a life-saver. I do miss the cute pedicure/manicure look on the kitties though. So cute.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:54 AM

I'm sure the kitty is happier with the rubber tipped claws as opposed to having the entire claws painfully ripped out by the root.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:54 AM

Thats the most ridiculas and meen thing I have ever seen. Animals NEED their claws!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:54 AM

Oh my, GOD is posting now. We better pay attention....... ;-)

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:55 AM

According to the website, they do not interfere with the cat's ability to retract their claws. They must work pretty well because there are 9 pages of testimonials with photos.

They say they work on bunnies, too, but I don't know if I'd dare try it on mine, judging from what I have to go though to trim their nails!

a different Laura
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:55 AM

Oh, and the website also says they are for indoor cats only.

a different Laura
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 07:58 AM

I've seen a variant of them where they just slide a tube onto the end of the claws (that sticks out about 1/16" or more from the end). The tube variant caused the cat to flex its claws all the time, resulting in deformed claws and biting (as if the cat had been declawed).

Soft paws look like they would work and not anger the cat. I would consider getting a set for my cats, if only to protect my legs when they leap on and off my lap.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:12 AM

This is not my cat nor my post but PLEASE believe me when I tell you that these DO NOT hurt the Kitty in any way, shape or form. In fact, my Vet (at an all cat hospital) recommended these in lew of de-clawing which can be considered to be painful and cruel. When I had these on my cats they didn't even know they were wearing them. They never bit or chewed at them. They acted 100% normal. There is NOTHING cruel about it. In fact, it is the opposite. It saves them from being DE-CLAWED!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:15 AM

Looks uncomfortable.

Indoor cats do not need claws.
Cats are not meant to freely roam neighborhoods killing all the wildlife anyhow. I hate the stays in my neighborhood. They kill my bunnies.. :(

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:16 AM

Hmmm... anyone ever used these on dogs? I've got an enthusiastic beagle mix pup with black nails (thus, hard to trim), and those suckers hurt! Methinks he might be getting some! :D

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:17 AM

My cat wears Softpaws, she's an indoor cat 100% of the time, and they don't bother her a bit - she sits there pretty as you please to have them put on, they drop off naturally every month or so, and she can merrily stretch and scratch and not wreck the furniture and rugs. Yes, she has scratching posts and furniture of her own, but she still likes to "mark" everything! Her claws retract normally with them on, too. I might've had doubts about Softpaws before I tried them, but after years of using them on my cat, I can assure anyone that they're not in the slightest bit cruel. And yes, you can get clear ones, but they're not as cute. ;)

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:17 AM

That is ridiculous. Get a water bottle and spray em in the face, don't glue stuff on their bloody nails.


 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:19 AM

I think they were invented for dogs first, then the company came out with a version for cats. Click the link about the designer colors and it will take you to the website.

a different Laura
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:19 AM

Gross -- yep, that works, if you're able to devote 100% of your life to training your pets.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:25 AM

Yeah, "Gross", TORMENT the cat in an attempt to stop it from naturally exercising, that's a much better alternative. Cos you're going to stand around with a water bottle in hand 24/7 to stop your cat from stretching and scratching? Clearly, you don't know anything about cats!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:25 AM

I should ask kitty. "Kitty, which would you prefer: A painless nail cover that allows you to do everything as normal without ANY PAIN or a series of water sprays in the face?" Kitty raises paw and passes on squirts of water in the face. Kitty votes for SOFT PAWS!!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:26 AM

If I were a cat, I think I'd like this much better than being squirted in the face all the time, thankyouverramuch. My cat is declawed (we got him that way) but yet he still tries to sharpen his claws. It's what cats do. Theses little thingys, which the kittehs don't seem to mind, are way better than being mad at the little critter for tearin' up the "fur"niture.

Yes, my name is really Cricket
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:27 AM

Also consider the main alternative: Declawing. Look THAT up, then decide.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:27 AM

*imagining trying to put these things on all the cats I've ever had*


Yeah. Right.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:30 AM

OK, I'm flying across the country today, and when I come back, I expect there to be 200+ comments. Ready... GO!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:34 AM

First person to mention rusty chocolate pliers wins.

(Whoops! What do I win?)

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:35 AM

Theo did you take Helene's pliers?!?

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:38 AM

HHAHAHAHAHAHA Theo you slay me! You've won your own contest. And yes declawed cats still try to "sharpen" their non-existant claws on furniture, etc. Mine do it all the time. A million sprays in the face is not gonna stop 'em if they have claws. It's what they do. If I were to get a new kitty today I'd try to softpaws first............

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:39 AM

Theo wins PUDDING!

We'll see what we can do, Oakie (:P)

R. Moore
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:40 AM

Let's get a chant going........PUDDING! PUDDING! PUDDING!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:40 AM

I must say I'm a bit dissapointed that in the United States declawing is still alowed, in western Europe it is restricted in most countries because it is cruel. As has been said by others, cats have claws for a reason. They need to be able to defend themselves when needed and use their claws to land safely after a not so very clever made jump, climb and even run and play. These colourfull looking 'soft paws' have the same effect although they do not damage the actual claws (thank goodness). It's a lovely cat on the photo but this really is animal cruelty, if you want your house to be perfect then buy a stuffed animal, not a real one. Besides, every time my cats tried to sharpen their nails on the sofa I quickly picked them up and brought them over to their scratching post, they leave my furniture alone now.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:40 AM

I've got your chocolate pliers right here!:


a different Laura
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:40 AM

Here's what I'll bet: That comment from GOD was NOT from God for real. She's too busy with important stuff. I also love the comment that you just spray the cat with water when it's scratching. My cats do the majority of their scratching when I'm asleep. Thanks to all of you who said you'd tried these and they work/don't bother the cat. Worth a try.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:46 AM

my black kitty wears pink soft paws in the summer and red in the winter. she doesn't even fuss when she has them put on. they just fall off as her own nails grow out. of course, she has to show them off by pretending to scratch.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:48 AM

*On Soapbox*

If people were not allowed to used softpaws OR declaw I'm sure there would be much fewer pet owners. As you know this would equal even more of a pet population problem which would equal even more euthanized animals.

There are no easy answers here so we do the best we can, I feel.

*Off Soapbox*

Back to the puddin'

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:48 AM

Different Laura -- wow... add a dusting of cocoa powder to simulate "rust", and we're set.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:49 AM

it's "in lieu", not "in lew"

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:52 AM

I am a huge supporter for Soft Paw for indoor kitties.

It is a way better alternative than de-clawing which I'm firmly against.

Sure it's not natural, but neither is a cat living in a house.

I'm sure the process of putting them on is probably the worst part for the cat anyway, cause no cat wants to sit still that long.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 08:57 AM

Please do not put these on Nikkita, she has the MOST beautiful claws eva!
but these are pretty cool, my cat would tear me apart if i tried to put these on her, but they look pretty cute on the pretty white paws here!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:01 AM

It's not only cruel it's also extremely ridiculous!

Also, why do people in America de-claw cats?!?! If you don't like cats with claws, don't have a cat! It's mad!

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:02 AM

We use SoftPaws on my indoor cat, and he doesn't mind them at all. He can retract his claws and scratch at his scratching post without any problems. I don't understand why anyone would think they are cruel. In fact, it is quite the opposite of cruel, in that your cat gets to behave as he wants without needing to be disciplined. They are a safe, harmless, painless solution to having a cat and furniture at the same time.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:03 AM

I don't think that they're sharpening their claws so much as marking their territory.

They've got glands on their paws so they're wiping it on the cabinets, couch, your leg...

BTW, I think that there are some apartments that still require cats declawed, or a heftier pet deposit.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:04 AM

Soft Paws, chocolate pliers, what's next, Butterfingers?

Hey Judew, don't make it bad...

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:07 AM

Don't cats actually scratch to remove a "covering" from their claws, not to exactly sharpen them? Can someone with more knowledge back me up on this? Or correct me, as the case may be?

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:08 AM

Geez, you all are not up on your cat products are you? These have been on the market (or a variant thereof) for years now. Most vets won't offer them as an option when talking about clawing because behavior modification can be just as effective and less stressing to the cat. Either let your cat outside once in a while or buy them a scratching post.

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:12 AM

Yeeeuw. It looks, just, awful. And as for the rest, I'm with Alisoun.

Posh Tater
 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:12 AM

i'm sure these don't hurt or bother the kitty, and they do look pretty darn cute. i guess i'm glad they can deter would-be declaw-ers.

however,i'm still a little wary of them. according to the CT Humane Society, an important function of scratching is keeping the cat's shoulder muscles strong and healthy; they need to dig their claws into something and pull away to excercise these muscles. while i wouldn't catagorize putting using these on your cat as "cruel", i don't think i'd ever choose to do it myself; i'd rather my kitty be able to excercise her muscles (and her natural behaviors)!

and, Alisoun, i agree that it's time the U.S. outlawed declawing. since cat's claws, unlike our nails, are actually an extension of the "finger" bones (metatarcels???), declawing = TEN AMPUTATIONS. very painful, and can result in long-term problems with balance and back pain, because cats normall walk on the part of the bone that was removed. some vets won't do it, and those that do seldom fully educated their clients about the procedure, because so many people would opt out, and they make a lot of $ every year. i'm being a the kind of preachy person that usually annoys me, but, peeps, declawint is really really ALL KINDS OF BAD! :(

 |  Jun 25, 2007 at 09:14 AM

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