Softpaw Nail Caps have been developed by a veterinarian and have been around since 1990. Softpaw Nails are vinyl nail caps that glue onto your cats and dogs nails. This amazing product effectively blunts your cat’s and rabbit’s nails to protect against problem scratching; protecting against:
Cats and Rabbits
What are Softpaw Nail Caps?
Softpaw Nail Caps are an excellent alternative to declawing. They are easy to apply and cats and their owners love them. They are completely safe and humane and can be used on cats and rabbits of all ages. Softpaw Nail Caps are vinyl nail caps that are glued on to your cat’s and rabbit’s existing nails. They look like a cat’s nail, only hollow, and the rabbits use the dogs softpaw nails as they are straight. They are easy to apply and cats and rabits tolerate them extremely well.
How are Softpaw Nail Caps applied?
Softpaw Nail Caps are easy to apply. Simply fill the nail cap with the adhesive provided and slide it on over your cat’s add rabbit’s claw. The glue dries very fast.
How long do they last and how often do they need to be reapplied?
Once the nail caps are applied they remain in place for approximately 4-6 weeks. They will fall off with the natural growth of your cat’s and rabbit’s nails. We recommend that you check your cat’s and rabbit’s nails periodically because usually just one or two fall off at a time and these can be easily reapplied.
Are Softpaw Nail Caps safe and do they hurt the cat?
Softpaw Nail Caps are completely safe, painless and non-toxic, they are made with cyanoacrylate (Which is used in medical, veterinary and first aid applications). Even if they are swallowed, no problem will result. They just pass on through the digestive system. The glue is harmless as well.
Can cats still extend and retract their claws with the Softpaw Nail Caps?
Absolutely. Softpaw Nail Caps are designed not to interfere with the normal extension and retraction of claws.
Will Softpaw Nail Caps interfere with my cat’s and rabbit’s normal scratching and stretching behaviour?
No. Your cat and rabbit can still stretch and make scratching motions but no damage will occur to your furniture because the claw is effectively covered and protected.
How do I know what size my cat and rabbit needs?
Kitten, Small, Medium and Large.
Most average size cats wear medium. If your cat is very small boned, choose the small size. Very large boned cats tend towards large. Kittens usually are big enough to wear Softpaw Nail Caps by 12-16 weeks of age. Rabbits on the smaller size will use x-small to small, where bigger rabbits like the Flemish Giants start off with x-small and can do up to medium/large.
Kitten: Softpaw Nail Caps will fit most kittens by the time they reach the age of 16 weeks (4 months). Some kittens can wear them as early as age 12 weeks (3 months) . To test, try a nail cap on first without the adhesive. If it looks too big, don’t glue it on. The nail cap should fit snugly, like a glove. To accommodate smaller kittens, you can trim the base of the Softpaw Nail Caps making it smaller so it will fit your kitten’s nail. Kittens up to about 2.2 kgs generally fit the kitten size. Kittens up to about 5 months generally fit the kitten size.
Small: Approximately 6 months of age. Approximately 2.7-3.6 kgs. 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 4-5.8 kgs. Most adult average size cats wear medium.
Large: Approximately 6.3kgs and up. Very large-boned and large-breed cats wear large. Maine Coons, for example, are very large cats and generally wear large.
Can cats and rabbits get infections from these like humans can get from acrylic nails?
No. Cats and Rabbits claws are completely different from human nails. Cats shed the outer sheaths of their claws periodically. You have probably seen this around their scratching post (or couch). The same happens when they are wearing Softpaw Nail Caps. The nail cap comes off with the normal shedding of the outer nail sheath. This prevents the possibility of infection.
Can Softpaw Nail Caps be used on back claws?
Yes. Although most people apply Softpaw Nail Caps only to the front paws, they can also be used on the back if desired.
Applying Softpaw Nail Caps to the hind claws will help prevent damage from cats and rabbits jumping on and off furniture. Also, many people have used Softpaw Nail Caps on the hind claws of cats and rabbits who have skin problems and scratch excessively. The nail caps help prevent self-inflicted damage from scratching.
What should I do if the Softpaw Nail Caps stay on longer than six weeks?
Normally the nail caps will fall off with the natural growth of the cat’s and rabbit’s nails. But, some cats and rabbits (actually very few) don’t shed their nails as rapidly as other cats and the nail caps don’t fall off on their own. If this occurs, all that needs to be done is to trim the very tip of the nail cap. This will help break the adhesive seal and the nail caps should fall off.
Please note: It is important to periodically check your cat’s and rabbit’s nails, i.e. once weekly, to ensure none of the nails have grown too long. Since cats’ nails grow in a curved manner, if they grow too long, they will start to curl under the paw pad. If you notice the nail is too long, just trim the tip of the nail cap to remove.
Can Soft Paw Nails be used on ferrets and rabbits?
Yes. Softpaw Nail Caps work great on ferrets and rabbits. Use the following guidelines for sizing: