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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 06:07 AM Thread Starter
 
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soft claws?

Harrie has recently been getting little abrasions around her neck and ears. First of all I was pretty concerned thinking we had missed something kitty proofing our flat but I think its where shes scratching herself with her back claws. I keep them trimmed like her fronts but they do seem to be causing the problem. The scratches dont bother her, they arent proper cuts but Id prefer it if we can stop it happening just in case she gives herself somekind of skin problem or causes scarring :/

I saw the soft claws website and think it might be an option, any experiences, are they any good? Would they do for just her back claws? Shes good as gold with not scratching furniture or people so seems silly to do her front paws too.

I did try filing the edges off the claws but she wasnt too impressed with that idea
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2009, 09:03 PM
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I saw the soft claws website and think it might be an option, any experiences, are they any good? Would they do for just her back claws?
sphynxy, i have yet to use these on my 4 month old kittens, but i plan on putting them on the boy, as he likes to scratch stuff.
however, my Mom used these for about year on both of her cats. Male tabbys about 11 and 8 years old at the time. They worked VERY well on one of the cats, and not as well on the other. The were only put on the cats front paws.

One cat they worked well on, i think they stayed on for a little over a month before we started seeing little pink things (yes...my mom gave a 17lbs male cat pink nails!) laying around on the floor, he didnt seem to notice the claw caps at all. The other cat, he HATED the things, and would chew on them and pull on them REALY hard! it was actually sort of painful watching him try to yank them off , i could have sworn he was going to rip a claw clean out of his paw. For him, they only stayed on for about 2 weeks before he would start getting them pulled off. so my Mom decided it wasnt worth the effort to keep putting them on.

I think how good they are will depend of if your cat is bothered by them, if Harrie dosnt like them, she will try to yank them off constantly. If she isnt bothered by them, they will probably last you a month or more at a time. i would say its worth a try!


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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-01-2009, 09:32 PM
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Re: soft claws?

If a cat is scratching herself so badly that there are abrasions, especially when the claws are clipped, there's something going on that needs to be treated. The Soft Claws would be treating the symptom, but not the underlying cause.

Fleas, ear mites or food allergies are the first three possibilities that come to mind....


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2009, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: soft claws?

I dont think theres anything underlying, she scratches just like Ive seen my parents cat do but she doesnt have the fur to avoid her freshly cut nails scratching her.

After a bit of research It does seem to be a problem other sphynx have had, looks like soft claws it is

Its not a huge amount of scratching, what I would have said was normal really.

Thanks for the replies
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Oops, sorry. After a long day at the beach I was really tired and didn't connect that you were talking about a Sphynx. Makes sense now. And yes, sounds like Soft Claws should work fine.


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-02-2009, 05:36 PM
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Re: soft claws?

I have used them on China a few times. They work pretty well. However, as the nail grows out they do get their claws stuck in a lot of things because of the gap between the soft claws and the nail. Something to think about before putting them on. I have had to untangle China from many things when she has them on.


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