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I was just coming over to post this and saw the declawing thread with a couple suggestions for the Soft Paws--have most experiences been generally positive? I'm not worried about furniture scratching or anything but we have a VERY clumsy, very kitten-like adult cat who never really mastered claw control. He'll jump up to get on a lap or onto the bed and just kind of misses and tries to catch himself with his claws. Normally, this used to just be a minor annoyance, but lately it seems like it's happening all the time! Not sure if it's my pregnant skin being more sensitive or him being more clingy or what, but my legs are torn to shreds and I've been getting increasingly short-tempered with him when it happens. Hoping a set of Soft Paws on his front claws might bring salvation!<br><br>
Any input? Does it sound like this is something they'll help with? I feel bad getting so upset with him, he's not TRYING to scratch, he's just so clumsy! Of all our cats, he's the best about having claws clipped (seems to think mama's just holding his hand, lol) so I think we'd be able to get them on him without too much hassle. We've been working on "fixing" some behavioral issues from his first home since we adopted him four years ago (he's clumsy, clingy, a bit of a biter still and wants to lick constantly) and I don't want the Soft Paws to upset him or anything in a way that might make him bite more or anything, but I look like I've been attacked by a panther, so I'd like to give them a try!
 

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I used Soft Paws on my cat when I lived in Germany. It's illegal to declaw there. I had a good experience with them. My cat wasn't happy when I applied them and she protested, but it doesn't hurt. All you do is put the glue into the Soft Paw and slip it over the claws. The one thing though is that the cat can not retract their claws and that seemed to annoy my cat. She got used to it though, but she did click across the wood floor. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I can't remember exactly how long they lasted before they fell off. A few weeks?
 

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Oh, that's interesting, the FAQ on their website says it isn't supposed to prevent them from retracting the claws. Has that been others' experience as well?
 

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We've used them with good results. We adopted a former stray who really had no manners and no clue how to act indoors, with other animals or people. She was not happy with me putting them on and she did manage to get some of them off before they wore off but they really helped. Before we got them she had slashed my Aussie in the eye and hurt my 5yo as well.<br><br>
I'd have them on her now but we never see her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I absolutely love LOVE love soft paws!!! I do I do!!! They're such an amazing invention. Did I mention I love them? My cats are unpredicable... well, one of them is. One minute she wants you to cuddle her, the next she's clawing at you. My dd can't be expected to know the difference, since even I can't. She'd get a minor scratch about once a week - but even a minor one can pose infection risk, so I got the soft paws.<br><br>
The were easy to apply on my (mostly) docile cats, we were done within 10 minutes for both of them. I only put them on the front claws. They stick out a bit so it looks like the claws are not retracted, but I checked and they are... the Soft Paws are just a bit large so they poke out a bit. My cats still 'think' they're scratching things like the couch, the kids, the carpet... but nothing gets damaged! They still act like they're clawing at the scratching post so I think it satisfies that need.<br><br>
I check the cats about once a week, and when one falls off, I just replace it with a new one. Rarely do I have more than 2 come off at once, so it only takes moments to trim the nail and pop a new one on. They've lasted about a month and a half, to 2 months. I love them. I'd NEVER declaw a cat, so this is an amazing solution!
 

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Thanks! Do you think there's any problem in putting them on one of the four cats and not the others? Sorry if that sounds stupid. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> This particular cat considers himself one of the people instead of one of the cats, so while he'll play/wrestle/chase/cuddle the other cats, his top priority is being with or in between the two of us, so I figured it won't matter if he's "different."<br><br>
I appreciate the input, I'll see if we can find some this weekend to get him going! He's just such a klutz, no matter how often we trim his nails, it still hurts when he's half on my lap and trying to pull himself the rest of the way up!
 

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i'm thinking about getting them for one of my cats- she's having 'anger' issues with the new cats, and the anxiety drugs and feliway are not helping. the fights are mostly noise and flying fur, but one declawed kitty did get a scratch on her wee pink nosey, and i'd like to keep them safer; if not's fair and a pain in the bum trying to keep cats seperate till they can completely get along. has anybody used them for fighting issues?
 

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As a vet tech I love them!! Cheaper and faster and more humane! DEFINITLY recommend
 

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As a pp pointed out I guess I just thought the claws were not retracted. She did click on the floor though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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We've had great results with the Soft Paws. Now when the kitty has his mood swings ("pet me! no, I hate you!") his claws just slide off our skin. He was formerly very destructive on the sofa and other upholstery, so it's been great. You do have to keep an eye out, because if one of the claw covers falls off prematurely and you don't notice, he'll be able to get the furniture (we have several single-scratch marks on the sofa now). Over the years, our cat has gotten used to the clip/glue process; it's especially easy when he's sleepy!
 
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