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Dr. Donna DeBonis applies SoftPaws

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Published on Jan 6, 2007

This is Dr. Donna DeBonis with our clinic cat, Mike held by assistant, Dian to demonstrate how easy it is to put on plastic nail caps, the great alternative to declawing your cat. Colorful soft plastic caps are superglued as a covering over sharp kitten and cat claws. They are very easy to put onto your cat’s nails. First assemble what you need: a set of cat nail clippers,plastic nail caps, the glue, and your cat’s cage containing cat treats. You will also need an assistant to help hold your cat. The glue is a type of superglue, so be careful you do not get any on yourself. While your assistant is holding your cat, next clip the nails down to their normal length, which is just a couple of millimeters longer than the pink color showing through the nails. You should leave the nails a little long, so there will be more area for the plastic nail cap to attach. To apply fill the nail cap with the superglue that is included in the kit. Only fill one nail cap at a time with the glue then apply it as follows: Using your two fingers from one hand, gently press on your cat’s toe pad to extend the cat nail. Then quickly slip the nail cap over the nail with your other hand and for just a second, gently squeeze the attached nail cap onto the nail. Continue this process to attach the nail caps to each cat nail. You can apply to nails on all four paws. However, your cat may lose patience and struggle, so definitely apply to the nails of the front paws. Once you have applied them immediately put your cat into his carrier with his treats and leave him there for about 10 minutes. This gives the glue time to dry and securely hold the nail caps in place. Do not let your cat run through the house immediately after application. After 10 minutes, you can let your cat out to eat some more treats or canned food for his reward and this will help as positive training to accept application of nail caps. When any caps come off (as will occur naturally as nails grow), simply use a pin to dig out the dried glue, and you can easily re-use the nail cap. Declawing is considered an inhumane procedure, because it cuts through the last joint, which is right above the base of the nail. Please use Soft Paws as a safe and humane alternative to declawing.

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