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soft paws

Discussion in 'Pet product reviews' started by silly4lilly, May 22, 2009.

  1. silly4lilly

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    one thing i hate it cutting my cats nails. my fiance always does it. i cant even watch him doing it i get so freaked out that they are going to move and he will cut the nail too short.

    My female Milky is always scratching herself. i was surfing the web one night and came across a product named Softpaws on someone's sphynx website. its a little plastic caps that you glue onto your cats nails. and they come in like EVERY color!!!! they are so cute. its great because then they cant really scratch themselves, you, or your furniture. a great alternative to declawing cats which i think is cruel!!!! here's the link:


    http://www.softpaws.com/

    also, on another note, i am very excited..... i just got one of those magnet ribbon things to put on your car bumper that says " i love my sphynx" and it has a picture of a sphynx :tinysmile_grin_t:
     

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    The soft paws can be great, especially they festive ones with holiday imprints on them. But if you have a kitty who likes to chew on her nails like mine you have to watch out that she doesn't rip it off and swallow it.
     
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    I have never used them but most of the clients that came into the vet that had tried them said they are a waste of money. They said that it is hard to glue them on properly than to just cut the nails & they don't last very long once they are on like they claim.
     
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    I bought some soft paws but I've never used them. I'm lazy.
     
  5. ilovemysphynx

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    Silly4lilly you seem to find cool stuff first the window thing now the car magnet, were did you get that I have been looking and everyone just says sorry they are not popular, so the do ot carry anything sphynx:tinysmile_angry_t:.
     
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    Cafepress.com has Sphynx things or you could go to Zazzle.com & design whatever you want & they will make it
     
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    i got it at rices flea market, in new hope, PA. its about 15 mins from Flemington. What part of NJ are you guys in? its great for knock off purses and sun glasses.

    Next time i go i will pick up a few if anyone wants them!!! the only thing is.... they spelt sphynx with an "I". but i figured normal non sphynx-lovers wont realize it anyways. they are also on ebay. this is the exact one i got


    http://shop.ebay.com:80/items/__i-l...eQ20myQQ_nkwuscZsphynxQQ_nkwuscZmagnet?_rdc=1
     
  8. ilovemysphynx

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    So funny I was just talking to A friend the other day about going to rices, I need A purse! I am in hackettstown the drive is not bad. I used to do to the flea market in marshals creek PA but it just keeps getting smaller and smaller. I have been to rices on A tue. and it was good but I know they are open on Sat. is that an ok day to go? I have heard there is not as much on Sat. Funny about the i instead of y they probably spell chack it or something because when you type it with the y the computer tell you it is wrong.:tinysmile_grin_t:
     
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    In fact, I remember that I've read something on tne origin of the sphynx, explaining that the first word "sphynx" was written "sphinx", and took a Y later...but I'm not sure about this.
     
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    the last few times i went was on a sat and it was PACKED!! but i go a little later at like 10:00. i cant wake up any earlier than that haha.. i think now that it summer all of the vendors are there. i have never been to the one in marshals creek. if you end up going to rice's, its hard to explain but there is a table in the back with a lady who sells bunnies... the table with the car magnets is by her. its so funny when i went she said she only ordered 2 because she didnt think they would be popular... hopefully after that she ordered more!
     
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    I like them for certain things.

    Baldwin is very good for allowing us to trim his nails. I had previously been just trimming them post-bath with human nail trimmers (I've been trimming nails for years, don't get your hopes up that there's some secret behind human toe nail clippers if you aren't already a confident nail trimmer). I, however, do weightpull with my dogs...so we invested in a dremel for their nails. I decided to do Baldwin's nails one night with the dremel. I love it. Won't go back.

    However, when I need to be certain that Baldwin won't puncture stuff he walks across (such as when we borrow a friend's blowup mattress when we have company), I apply the softpaws. They're vinyl, so it's safe for them to swallow them. They're too small to cause any obstruction really, and they're flexible and soft--they won't lacerate the intestines. If you have a cat that hates them, they will be able to pull them off within 36 hours. For us, however, this works because we usually don't have company over for longer than 24 hours.

    I would recommend them over declawing (and routinely do) no matter how frequently you must apply them.
     
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    Ideally, cats would be allowed to have their natural claws and be regularly trimmed and have scratching posts to dull them on their own. Soft Claws are an alternative for people determined to de-claw, but I wouldn't use them under any other circumstances. They aren't thin enough for the nail to retract into the tiny flap of skin behind the nail, which I imagine is quite irritating.
     
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    I bought these and quickly returned them to the store after reading the instructions and clearly seeing my monster wasn't going to like having to wear them. Plus, I wasn't too crazy about the gluing them on every month. His nails grow so fast!
     
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    If you trim the nails before you apply them, you can get over 30 days use out of each application. Once the cat gets past the initial phase of getting used to their feeling, they will stay on until the glue detaches from the nail. Most of Baldwin's stay on for a good 6-8 weeks after application, given the nail was shortened and clean before application.

    I think you really have to work with this product in order for it to work. I'm not surprised that some have had issues with it initially and also with nail growth and so forth. Trimming the nail prior to application truly does extend the duration of time the SP is on.

    I thought I'd also mention that the cuticle is not a sheath of skin for the nail. It acts just like our own does and protects and strengthens the base of the nail. It's also protects the matrix, which is responsible for nail growth. The "retraction" you see is actually a tendon (in relaxed state) that allows the nail back into a resting position above the final bone joint. In a flexed state, the nail shifts downward and visible.

    In this picture, you can see what I'm talking about (it also shows what's resected when you have a cat declawed):
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    If you also look at the natural position of where SoftPaws sit after they've been applied...they're in the same spot on the foot where the nails would normally reside when not in use. The curved edge of the SP is the only part notable, the entire SP retracts with the rest of the nail to the same place it would normally be positioned.

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      When I adopted my first 2 cats 2 years ago I was recommended soft claws. I used them to protect both the kittens and my little boys. I did not want the boys dropping the cat because they got scratch and also did not wanted the kittens scratching the boys, though I knew they weren't doing it on purpose.

      Anyways, it was a little hard to put them on, but they work quite well. But I do have to say that my vet did not like them at all. She complain about bacteria/fungus growing at the edge of the little cap and getting the kitty sick.

      I only used them for a little while. As both the boys and the kittens started to know each other there were less accidents.

      What really made me stop using them was when just looking at the kittens play one day and one of them try to go up the tower over and over again and was not able to grab on to the post. I felt so bad for her that I took them off that same day.
       
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      When I adopted my first 2 cats 2 years ago I was recommended soft claws. I used them to protect both the kittens and my little boys. I did not want the boys dropping the cat because they got scratch and also did not wanted the kittens scratching the boys, though I knew they weren't doing it on purpose.

      Anyways, it was a little hard to put them on, but they work quite well. But I do have to say that my vet did not like them at all. She complain about bacteria/fungus growing at the edge of the little cap and getting the kitty sick.

      I only used them for a little while. As both the boys and the kittens started to know each other there were less accidents.

      What really made me stop using them was when just looking at the kittens play one day and one of them try to go up the tower over and over again and was not able to grab on to the post. I felt so bad for her that I took them off that same day.
       
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      I've used them for hairy kittens that wouldn't stop climbing on everything including climbing up the drapes. It does take them a little bit to get used to them and I did have to replace a few early, but they definitely worked. I watched the kittens jump and grab the curtains with the intention of climbing, but because of the soft paws they slid right down. After they learned their manners, I stopped using them.

      In regards to using them on Sphynx cats, I wouldn't use them for my Sealy because I don't know what they would do with the increased oil build up that they get on their nails. I trim his nails about every week and we really don't have a problem with scratching.