How To Apply Cat Nail Caps

How to Put Nail Caps on Your Cat

Documentation Download Documentation Download Documentation Nail caps are little coverings that keep your cat’s claws from scratching the furniture or people around him. Trim your cat’s nails before applying nail caps to prevent scratching (unless it is a kitten). As soon as you’re finished, apply an adhesive to the interior of the nail-top cap. Using a gentle squeeze, stretch your cat’s paw nail to its maximum length, and then slip the nail over it. Inspect the nails every couple of days to verify that none have become loose.

  1. Read More About ItRead More About It Nail caps are little coverings that keep your cat’s claws from scratching the furniture or people around it. Nail caps should be applied after your cat’s nails have been properly trimmed (unless it is a kitten). When you’re finished, apply an adhesive to the interior of the nail cap. Using a gentle squeeze, stretch your cat’s paw nail to its full length, then slip the nail over the nail. Inspect the nails every couple of days to check that none have fallen loose. – Remember that once the adhesive has dried, it will be almost hard to remove the caps until they have completely worn away.
  • Whatever tool you use, be certain that the blades are kept as sharp as possible.
  • 2 Place your cat in a comfortable position. Given the fact that every cat is unique, there is no generally optimum technique to position your cat prior to clipping its nails before you begin. Recognize the postures in which your cat is most at comfortable, and assist it in adopting these positions before you begin clipping its nails.
  • Some cats, for example, are at their most calm when they are sitting on their human’s lap. Petting or sleeping on a certain piece of furniture, or in an unfamiliar environment, makes other cats feel at peace.
  • 3 Cut the cat’s claw using a pair of scissors. Take the paw whose nails you desire to cut in your hand and hold it there in your palm. Squeeze the top and bottom of the paw at a place immediately beyond the point from where the claw extends, using your thumb and index finger, to release the tension. The claw will lengthen as a result of this action. Carefully clip the claw’s tip at the end.
  • Keep in mind that you should not attempt to clip all of the cat’s nails in one session. Per session, just one or two paws should be done
  • Do not clip into the quick. The quick is a network of blood vessels that connects the section of the nail closest to the cat’s paw. It is located in the middle of the nail. Identifying the quick is easy
  • Simply check for a pinkish or reddish lump within the nail
  • If you are uncomfortable trimming your cat’s nails, take your cat to a veterinarian or a professional groomer to get his nails clipped
  1. 1 Select the appropriate nail caps. Nail caps are typically available in three different sizes: small, medium, and big. These measurements are based on your cat’s weight. It will be determined by each manufacturer what type of cat their product is intended for. When purchasing nail caps, be sure to examine the box carefully to ensure that you choose ones that are appropriate for your cat’s nails.
  • Furthermore, nail caps are available in a variety of sizes. Choose a size that is appropriate for your cat’s nails. Check the nail cap box for information on which nail caps are best suited for a cat of a given size in order to determine the size that will fit your cat’s nails. Select a color that appeals to you
  • 2 Get your stuff ready. When you open the nail cap container, you’ll discover a range of different materials. Every nail cap box is unique, although it will most likely include a variety of nail caps, glue, and applicator tips in varied numbers. This will very certainly result in each of these items being packed individually. Open each package one at a time to ensure that all required supplies are readily available
  • You will only require one applicator tip and one jar of glue for this project. It is possible that you may need to cut the top off of the glue container. In some instances, the adhesive’s lid will easily twist off
  • In others, it will not. Additionally, an instruction booklet should be included with your nail cap package purchase. Before you begin applying the nail caps, make sure you have read the instruction booklet so that you are aware of the precise guidelines for use.
  1. 3Ask a buddy for assistance. It is possible to apply nail caps on your cat by yourself, but you will find that the process goes much more easily if you hold and comfort your cat while a friend or relative applies the adhesive to the nail cap. Once the nail caps are finished, you can simply slide them over your kitty’s claws to secure them.
  1. 1Assist your cat in remaining calm throughout the procedure. If you project tension and irritation when putting nail caps to your cat, your cat will pick up on your emotions and feel nervous and irritated as well, according to the experts. If you want to keep your cat happy and comfortable throughout the process, speak to it gently from time to time and stroke its tummy and neck between each nail cap application. 2 Take your cat and cradle him on your lap. Put your cat’s rump on your lap and relax. Take its head and tuck it into the crook of its elbow. Gently rub your cat’s tummy and neck to help it feel more at ease.
  • In a couch or chair with large, soft arms, the cat will be most comfortable being cradled. This will allow you to lean the arm that supports your cat’s head on the armrest, which will be more comfortable.
  • 3Extend the claws of your cat. Gentle squeezes of the top and bottom of the paw should be done using your thumb and index finger. Apply pressure to the paw pad of the nail you wish to cap with your index finger. With your thumb, press down and out (away from the cat’s body) from the nail you’d like to cap over the nail you want to cap. The claw you wish to cap should then pop out of the way. 4 Put the nail caps on your fingers. Fill the tip of the applicator with adhesive. Using the applicator tip, squeeze one or two droplets of glue into a nail cap to create a seal. The nail cap will be filled with glue as a result of this. Squeeze the edges of the nail cap carefully to ensure that the glue inside is properly distributed. Continue to slide the nail cap on your cat’s stretched nail until it comes to a complete halt.
  • Cats’ claws should be extended. Gentle squeezes of the top and bottom of the paw are performed using your thumb and index finger. Place your index finger on the paw pad of the nail you’d want to cap and press down a little. With your thumb, press down and out (away from the cat’s body) from the nail you’d like to cap over the nail. A pop-up window should appear, revealing the claw you wish to cap
  • 4 Glue on the nail tops if you want to seem professional. To use the applicator tip, fill it halfway with glue. Using the applicator tip, dispense one or two droplets of glue into the nail cap. As a result, the nail cap will be completely filled with glue. Using your fingers, gently squeeze the nail cap’s sides to ensure that the glue within is equally distributed. Continue to slide the nail cap on your cat’s stretched nail until it comes to a complete halt

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  • Ensure that the nail caps on your cat’s nails are not falling off every few days by inspecting them. Replace any that have fallen off
  • If any have been lost. Nail caps have a lifespan of four to six weeks. If your cat has nail caps, don’t let it outside for an extended amount of time. How long you should let your cat outside is determined by how long it takes the cat to begin scratching its claws against abrasive outside surfaces such as concrete and wood, which might cause the nail tops to come loose. If your cat has a tendency to begin clawing rough surfaces shortly after going outside, bring your cat inside as soon as possible. If your cat has a tendency to claw rough surfaces for a lengthy period of time after being outside, allow your cat to spend more time outside
  • Otherwise, Always remember to keep your cat on a leash while leaving the house. If you’re applying nail caps to a kitten, you don’t have to worry about trimming their nails first.

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Summary of the ArticleX Trim your cat’s nails before you apply nail caps to ensure that the caps will fit correctly over its nails once they are applied. Once you get your cat in your lap, gently stroke its tummy and neck to help it remain relaxed. Then, using your thumb and forefinger, gently compress the paw pad until the claw pops out. In the following step, place 1-2 drops of glue inside the cap, squeeze the sides slightly to disperse the adhesive, and slide it onto the nail until it comes to an abrupt halt.

Continue reading for more from our Veterinary co-author, including information on how to select the best nail caps for your cat.

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This is definitely a myth! When cat nails express and then retract, the nail is not traveling up into the paw itself, as is commonly believed. When a cat relaxes and retracts its nails, it prevents the nails from making contact with the ground when the cat is walking or running. The cat’s paws and nails are still able to move in the same natural way as they would if the nail caps were not on their nails. As long as the nail caps are put properly – that is, they are the proper size for the cat’s nail, the nail is trimmed before to application, and there is just enough adhesive to attach – the nails will be able to pleasantly expand and retract.

Myth2 – They Cause Damage To The Nail And Nail Bed

Cats and dogs benefit from the Gentle Paws brand, which was developed by a veterinarian to be soft and non-toxic. Providing that the nail caps are put appropriately, there should be no possibility of harm or pain to the cat’s paws or nail beds. The following are examples of proper application:

  • The selection of a nail cap size and form that is a comfortable fit and shape for each cat’s nails Using just enough glue to hold things together, but not so much that it overflows during the application process. The adhesive should not be allowed to come into contact with the cat’s fur, nail bed, or skin surrounding the claws Trimming the nail slightly longer than normal (just below the top of the ‘hook’) and allowing room between the nail cap and the cat’s nail bed are recommended.

In this online course from the National Cat Groomers Institute, you will learn how to clip nails and apply Soft Paws.

Myth3 – Scratching Posts Can Be Used In Lieu of Nail Caps

They are a terrific option for many cats since they encourage them to flex and stretch, give an alternative to scratching furniture, carpets, and window curtains, and allow them to mark their territory with the fragrance of the paws on the post. A frequent misunderstanding is that scratching posts “file down” a cat’s nails, making them less sharp as a result of the activity. In reality, they just aid in the cat’s ability to remove dead layers of the nail sheath and show fresh, sharp nails beneath them.

Prior to putting nail caps on a regular basis, it is necessary to remove any dead layers of nail sheath and to trim the nails to an adequate length, which is done throughout the procedure.

Myth4 – They Don’t Last Long

The initial few applications of nail caps may attract a cat’s interest, resulting in some cats biting or picking at the nail caps over the first few days. This is very normal, and usually all cats will leave them alone after a few weeks or a few of applications of the product on their fur. Positive reinforcement with treats, games, and snuggles, like with many other behaviors, can help divert a cat from picking at the nail caps and keep the cat quiet during nail cutting and the administration of nail caps, among other things.

Myth5 – They’re A Permanent Solution

Nail caps do not prevent the natural development of cat nails from taking place. As a result, while wearing the nail caps, the nails continue to grow at their usual rate, and they have the potential to grow longer than is comfortable. Even if your cat tolerates the initial application of nail caps, the caps should not be left on the nails for more than 6-8 weeks after that. The leftover nail caps should be removed with nail trimmers, and the nails should be cut and cleansed before placing a fresh set of nail caps.

Nail caps are great options for many owners and cats:

  • Cat owners over the age of 60, especially those with thin skin or bleeding/clotting difficulties induced by medicines or medical disorders
  • Families with young children and/or a large number of relatives and friends who are visiting
  • Households with antique furniture, quilts, carpets, and other decorative items
  • Cats or kittens who “play rough” or display violent behavior
  • Cats or kittens who “play rough” or display aggressive behavior
  • Cats suffering from skin disorders, persistent itching, health difficulties, and so on
  • Sphynxes and hairless cats with sensitive skin are also available. Kittens whose claws become entangled in the carpet, bedsheets, clothes, or other fabrics

Nail caps are not always suitable for:

  • Kittens that are allowed to roam free outside
  • Cat owners who are not capable of keeping up with a 4-6 week nail trim/nail cap replacement schedule
  • Following only a few trial applications, cats who gnaw or pick at their nail tops on a regular basis
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Soft Paws may be purchased from the NCGI online shop here.

Everything You Need to Know About Nail Caps For Cats

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Cats scratch at things. It’s what they do for a living. While we adore our cats with all of our hearts, we despise having furniture that looks like it’s gone through a shredder in our home. What should a cat lover do in this situation? With so much debate swirling around declawing these days, cat owners are looking for more compassionate solutions to keep their felines in good health. One alternative that is becoming increasingly popular is the use of adhesive nail caps. Nail caps, which are marketed as a safe, non-toxic alternative to destructive clawing, have garnered a devoted following among pet owners.

Do they appear to be comfortable?

We performed some research and were able to find the answers.

So…what exactly are nail caps?

Nitrile nail caps, which are little plastic coverings that you glue over your cat’s nails, are intended to reduce the amount of harm caused by sharp claws. Because they’re affordable, they can be applied at home, and they last between four and six weeks, they are popular. These long-lasting covers are available in a variety of sizes and colors (most of which are bright) to fit your specific needs.

Are nail caps safe for cats?

Nail caps are little plastic coverings that you place over your cat’s nails in order to reduce the amount of harm caused by sharp claws. They’re affordable, can be applied at home, and last between four and six weeks on average. These long-lasting covers are available in a variety of sizes and colors (most of which are bright) to fit your specific requirements.

Do nail caps bother cats?

So they’re safe, but how comfortable are nail caps to wear? It is entirely dependent on the cat. Some cats will be able to adjust to the new bling on their paws with relative ease. It may take a few days for some people to acclimate. Although some cats will eventually warm up to the caps, there are those who will never do so. In Molloy’s opinion, it is typical for a cat to make a fuss about them for the first couple of applications, as cats do with anything that seems unfamiliar. Although most cats become accustomed to them after a few treatments, others may require more time.

They may be intrigued by or bewildered by the caps, depending on their situation.

Your cat may try to bite them off or play with them in some other way. Give it some time; it will most likely simply take a little getting accustomed to. Positive reinforcement, according to the guys at SoftPaws, should be used throughout the application to make the transition time simpler.

Are there any downsides to using nail caps?

There are possible drawbacks to using nail caps on our dogs, just as there are with every new product we try out on them. And, like with any other pet product, there is a wide range of viewpoints. Some of the skeptics have stated the following: “They have a crazy appearance.” Some pet owners are concerned that proponents of nail caps are utilizing them as frivolous fashion statements, which they believe is unfounded. Some owners choose to use nail caps as a cutesy manicure for their cats, rather than as a practical answer to their cats’ clawing problems.

It will be impossible for a cat with nail caps to defend itself against other animals.

“It’s tough to put them into practice.” When it comes to applying nail caps correctly, there is definitely a learning curve.

“It is possible that they will require sedation.” Another disadvantage to consider, according to Patrick Mahaney, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Los Angeles: “the possibility of having to sedate or anesthetize the cat in order to gain a degree of cooperation.” This might be a source of concern if your cat is excessively fidgety or agitated at times.

It’s vital to utilize them in the manner in which they were designed, rather than simply as a feline manicure and pedicure.

Can I DIY them, or do I need to get a professional involved?

There is no need to hire a professional groomer. Nail caps may be administered in the comfort of your own home! However, you must proceed with caution. Drew Weigner, a veterinarian and past president of the Academy of Feline Medicine, emphasizes the necessity of appropriately placing the nail caps on the cats’ toe nails. “The caps are applied using surgical glue, and the cats normally become used to them within a day or two,” he explains to WebMD. However, the adhesive must be applied in the appropriate manner.

In addition, trimming your cat’s claws before putting them on is the most difficult step, as most individuals are unable to do it.”

Here’s how to apply nail caps—the right way

We spoke with Soft Paws, one of the world’s leading makers of cat nail caps, in order to provide you with step-by-step instructions. 1. Select the appropriate size cap for your cat’s nail length. The size of your cat’s cage will be decided by its weight. Caps are often available in three sizes: small, medium, and big. 2. Trim the nails of your cat. You should cut the nail slightly longer than you would typically clip it, according to the National Cat Groomer’s Institute (NCGI). If your cat doesn’t take nail cutting well, try clipping only a few nails at a time to start.

  1. In their drowsy condition, they can be more cooperative.
  2. Apply glue to the nail cap and lay it over your cat’s claws to protect them.
  3. If you notice glue oozing out of the cap, you’ve used too much of the adhesive.
  4. Enlisting the assistance of a buddy will make the entire procedure more manageable.

5. Keep an eye on the caps at all times. You should expect some of the caps to come loose, especially if you’re just starting started with the application procedure. When required, replace any missing caps with new ones.

Should I apply nail caps to my cat’s hind paws?

You can do so, although it may not be essential in this case. The front paws of a cat are responsible for the majority of the harm they do. Aside from that, most cats are naturally able to maintain their rear claws short by gnawing them down on a regular basis. Cats’ hind claws are useful in a variety of settings, and nail caps are one of those instances. 1. To reduce the amount of damage caused by cats who jump on and off furniture on a regular basis. In order to reduce the number of self-inflicted wounds in cats who scratch excessively, Claw covers for both the front and hind claws of a cat will safeguard kittens with delicate skin from painful scratches.

How often do I need to get nail caps replaced?

According to the producers, nail caps should last around six weeks, after which they will naturally come off as the nails grow in. If they don’t come off by the eighth week, you’ll have to get new ones installed before the next week. In the absence of such action, the caps will become unpleasant. Always remember not to apply too much adhesive, since this will make the removal procedure more challenging. Using the incorrect size nail caps may result in the nail caps slipping off all of the time.

And remember, always trim and clean your cat’s nails before putting a new set of caps to keep them looking their best.

Is my cat a good candidate for nail caps?

Is it possible that we’ve peaked your attention yet? Nail caps may appear to be the perfect answer for your cat’s razor claws, but they are not appropriate for all cats. In the opinion of the National Cat Groomers Institute, if you have any of the following characteristics, you should probably avoid using nail caps. Your cat is an outdoor cat (he need protection from predators!) and so requires special care. In order to properly maintain your cat’s nails and replace the caps on a regular basis, you must sacrifice some of your free time.

  • Alternatively, if he continues to bite and fuss with them, it may be preferable to consider other solutions (which we will discuss in more detail momentarily).
  • Alternatively, vintage linens.
  • Kittens who are a little bit “mean” on the inside.
  • For those of you with little children at home, nail caps may be an excellent solution.
  • The caps will protect your cat from scratches that he or she may inflict on themselves.

Alternatives to nail caps

Is it possible that we’ve peaked your attention at this point? If your cat has razor claws, nail caps may appear to be the ideal answer, but they are not good for all cats and kittens. In the opinion of the National Cat Groomers Institute, if you have any of the following characteristics, you should probably avoid using nail caps. As an outdoor cat, your cat has to be protected from predators. In order to properly maintain your cat’s nails and replace the caps on a regular basis, you don’t have the time.

You may want to consider other solutions (which we’ll discuss in more detail later) if he is constantly biting and fussing with them.

Whatever it may be, a rascally feline would destroy everything that the normal person would find aesthetically pleasing.

Do you have a cat that lashes out or behaves aggressively?

Cats with hairless coats and fragile skin, as well as cats with chronic skin disorders, are particularly susceptible to scratching, which can become a major problem. Scratches suffered by your cat will be prevented by using the cap. It is impossible to train scratching cats to be non-scratch.

The best nail caps (and where to get them)

If you’ve come to the conclusion that nail caps are the perfect choice for you, here are some of the greatest options on the market.

1.Soft Claws for Cats

Soft Claws nail caps are available in a range of sizes and bright colors, and are arguably the most well-known maker of nail caps. 40 caps, glue, and six applicator tips are included with each kit. Soft Claws are a cost-effective solution to protect your house from excessive scratching, with each kit costing less than $15. Purchase Immediately on Amazon

2.Purrdy Paws

Purdy Paws, which were developed by a veterinarian, are a non-toxic and harmless technique to discourage unwanted clawing. They have a large variety of colors to choose from, so there is something to fit everyone’s preference.Buy Now on Amazon

3.Kitty Caps

Kitty Caps, which are made of natural vinyl resin, are an excellent choice for your cat. Each kit has two alternative colors, allowing you to experiment with different looks on your second application. Purchase Immediately on Amazon

4.VICTHY Nail Caps

This package will provide you with the maximum value for your dollar. There are 120 nail caps in each set (available in six different colors), six canisters of glue, and six applicator tips included. Customers can pick between four different sizes (x-small, small, medium, and large). Purchase Immediately on Amazon

5.ScratchPause Nail Caps

ScratchPause caps are made of a plastic blend that is exceptionally durable. These hats are built to last a long time! They are completely non-toxic, and they are available in six adorable colors: light pink, glitter pink, turquoise, royal blue, clear, and glow-in-the-dark (as shown in the photo). Purchase Immediately on Amazon Scratching is a normal habit for cats to engage in. The insect, on the other hand, is one that we humans aren’t particularly fond of—especially when it’s attacking our nice furniture, our legs, or our children.

Your astonishment at how effective they are may be a pleasant surprise.

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Step 1: Get Your Cat Used to Being Still

Make sure your cat is comfortable staying still with her nails extended for at least a week before purchasing the nail caps. After that, go to the next step.

How to Put on Cat Nail Caps

These procedures will demonstrate how to securely apply nail caps to a cat in the appropriate manner. The length of time it takes may vary depending on how well the cat behaves and how experienced you are with placing feline nail caps. The duration of the process might range from five to fifteen minutes.

Step 1: Materials Needed:

1. Nail Caps (Cat. No. 2) 3. Glue that is non-toxic to animals 4. Scissors are an essential tool. 5. Cat Toys and Treats

Step 2: Familiarize With Cat’s Claws

Learn how to lengthen the cat’s claws in order to place the nail caps on the cat’s nails. Apply moderate pressure to the cat’s center paw pad with the tip of the owner’s finger to encourage the cat’s claws to expand in preparation for the application of the nail caps.

When pressure is applied to the paw, it will stretch and reveal the whole claw. Once you’re comfortable with it, move on to the next phase.

Step 3: Getting the Glue Ready

Use scissors to cut an angle in the top of the animal-safe glue with the tip of the blade. By cutting the glue cap at an angle, it is easier to get the glue to penetrate the nail cap.

Step 4: Application Process

The top of the animal safe glue should be cut at an angle using a pair of scissors. Cutting the glue top at an angle makes it easier to get the glue to penetrate the nail cap’s surface.

Step 5: Application Process Continued

Take the cat’s paw and stretch the cat’s claws to the full extent of their length. Apply gentle pressure to the cat’s claw as you slide the nail cap over it with adhesive. Make sure to keep the cat motionless to ensure that the animal-safe glue dries completely on the cat’s claws. Make sure to fill just one nail cap at a time with glue and only one nail cat at a time to avoid overfilling. If you fill all of the nail caps at the same time, the adhesive in the nail cap will dry up and the nail cap will no longer be able to stay on the cat’s paw.

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Step 6: Reward the Cat

The final step is to give the cat a treat. The owner can provide goodies to the cat at various points throughout the procedure or at the conclusion of the process.

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Final step: giving the cat a prize for his efforts. The cat’s owner can provide rewards to the cat at various points throughout the procedure or at the conclusion.

So what are cat nail caps, exactly?

Cat nail caps are little pieces of plastic that are precisely made to fit over the nail of a cat. A small amount of adhesive is used to attach them to the nail. Before adding nail caps on a cat’s nails, it is necessary to trim them to allow for future development. Once the cat’s nails have grown back to their full length, the nail tops will normally come off on their own without any assistance. Claws can be applied to both the front and rear claws at the same time.

Do cat nail caps hurt cats?

Nope. Many people are perplexed by this since it appears to be so out of the ordinary and bizarre to see a cat with brightly colored plastic bits coating their claws. Cat nail caps, on the other hand, do not harm cats, according to the response. As long as the nail caps are correctly put, they will be able to expand and retract their claws as they usually would. While wearing the nail caps, cats should be able to walk, run, climb, and play in the same way they typically do. In order to maintain their claws as sharp as possible, a cat’s front nails retract while they are walking.

However, because the rear claws do not retract, kitty’s back nails are naturally a little shorter and do not require as much cutting as the front nails.

However, while the majority of cats are not likely to have a problem with nail caps, some may have difficulty adapting or may even attempt to gnaw them off. As a result, cat nail caps are often employed as a last option after all other scratch training techniques have been unsuccessful.

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As a result, we arrive at our comparison chart. There are several considerations to consider before deciding to proceed with the application of this particular product to your cat’s claws. Here are a few of them. So let’s have a look at the advantages and disadvantages of cat nail caps to see whether they are a good fit for you and your furry friend.


  • Cats are completely safe and painless. Alternative to declawing that is more humane Prevents cats from clawing and injuring people, especially the elderly, youngsters, and guests in your house who have sensitive skin
  • Depending on the scenario and your requirements, it may be a short-term or long-term solution. The scratch-resistant coating prevents the destruction of furniture, rugs, and other household objects. Claws on posts and other objects continue to be allowed, allowing cats to stretch their muscles and distribute their smell as they do naturally.


  • Some cats may be upset by their presence, even though it is not unpleasant for them. The nail caps must be kept in mind, and your cat’s claws must be closely monitored for any signs of infection
  • Kittens who are squirmy or sensitive may have difficulty with the procedure of placing the nail caps on, particularly those who do not like their paws being handled. To keep your nails looking their best, you should change your nail caps every 4 to 6 weeks. If you find it too difficult to put them on yourself, you may need to get them done by a professional groomer. In conflicts, it renders cats completely helpless. Only indoor cats are permitted to use this product. It is possible for some cats to gnaw off their nail tops and ingest them, which might result in a pricey veterinarian visit.

How to Apply Cat Nail Caps

Prior to putting cat nail caps, you’ll need to trim the cat’s claws, which you may accomplish in the following steps. Read our article How to Trim a Cat’s Nails at Home – A Guide to Success for more information and recommendations on this technique. After that, you’ll want to set out the nail caps and adhesive applicator that they come with so that everything is ready to go. Squeeze just enough glue into the interior of the nail cap to ensure that it adheres, but not so much that it oozes out when the cap is placed.

It’s important to hold it in place for a few seconds to ensure that it’s completely bonded.

The personality of the cat will have a significant influence on how simple or difficult the procedure will be.

What are the best cat nail cap brands?

Prior to putting cat nail caps, you’ll need to trim the cat’s claws, which is the first step. Learn how to trim a cat’s nails at home with our guide to success, which includes tips and information on the subject. Lay out the nail caps and the adhesive applicator that they came with so that they are all ready to use when you are finished.. Fill the nail cap with just enough glue to ensure that it adheres, but not so much that it oozes out when the cap is attached. Simply hold the cat gently in your hands, extend the claw using the tips of your thumb and fingers, and put the cap over the cat’s head.

It comes down to that.

When learning how to apply cat nail caps, I found this YouTube video to be quite useful.

1.Kitty Caps

This is the name of the brand that is featured in the above video. Each package of Kitty Caps comprises 40 caps, two adhesive tubes, and two applicator tips, all of which are individually wrapped. They are available in four different sizes: XS, S, M, and L. Each size is labeled with a weight range, making it simple to choose which size is most appropriate for your cat. Several reviewers have stated that this brand is superior to more expensive products in terms of performance for their cats. When you consider that the Kitty Caps brand is quite reasonable (at roughly $10 per pack), it may be a fantastic place to start if you are trying out cat nail caps for the first time.

2.Soft Claws

In order to provide a safe and ethical alternative to declawing, a veterinarian invented Soft Claws in 2007. They are constructed in the United States of America using nontoxic vinyl and are available in a variety of colors. They are the exact same product as Soft Paws, with the only discernible variation being the manner in which they are presented in advertisements. Soft Paws appears to be offered primarily through the company’s website, although Soft Claws appears to be accessible in more stores.

They are sold in packs of 40, same like the Kitty Caps.

Even if the pack is just used on the dog’s front paws, it should last for four to six months (four to six weeks each set of ten). Soft Claws are equipped with a Cleat Lock System, which means that there are grooves on the inside of the caps that are meant to provide a more secure grasp.

Tips for Using Cat Nail Caps

The most effective approach to evaluate whether cat nail caps are good for you and your cat is to just experiment with them. However, there are a number of suggestions and pieces of guidance that might help you boost your chances of success.

  • Cat nail caps can be applied at home by the owner
  • However, depending on the cat’s temperament and your own dexterity, this may be more difficult for some people to do. If you find that the activity is too tough to complete on your alone, consider seeking the assistance of another individual. In addition, you may always take your cat to the groomer and get it done there as well. Select the appropriate size for your headwear. For your convenience, each size comes with a weight chart printed on the packaging. Pour just enough glue into the cap so that when you squeeze it between your thumb and fingers, a small amount of glue starts to flow out of the opening. If no glue starts to come out after a few minutes, you’ll need to add more (approximately a third of the way). Once all of the caps have been put, place your cat in your lap for a short period of time to enable the glue to fully cure. Consider keeping them busy for a short period of time on a laminate or hardwood floor as an alternative. They may help the caps set by tapping their nails on a hard floor for 6 to 8 weeks
  • If the caps don’t come off on their own after that time, you’ll have to remove them manually. This may be accomplished by clipping the end of the plastic with a cat nail clipper and then gently stretching and pulling out the leftover material
  • Please be patient. Certain cats will have difficulty adjusting to the nail caps at first, but the majority of them will become accustomed to them within a few days or a few weeks. Cats may also eat the nail caps off in some cases. Individual caps can be re-applied if this occurs
  • However, this is not recommended. Don’t forget to use positive reinforcement when teaching! After you’ve finished putting the nail caps, make sure to shower your cat with praise and treats.

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Thinking of Trying Cat Nail Caps? Read This First!

When I initially started working as a professional cat groomer, I must confess that I was a little skeptical about the use of nail caps. Why? Because of my previous experience with putting them on as well as my anxiety about the cat’s response, I was careful. After hundreds of performances, I can finally promise you that the overwhelming response from the owners and their cats has been overwhelmingly favorable. So, here are some reasons why you might want to consider wearing nail caps, some reasons why you shouldn’t, and, in the worst case scenario, what could go wrong when you do use them.

  1. Basically, a nail cap is just a soft, bendable silicon cap or hood that fits over the nail and covers the pointed end.
  2. It’s similar to a sword concealed beneath a scabbard.
  3. Nail caps last on average 6-8 weeks, however the length of time depends on the cat’s lifestyle and health conditions.
  4. Despite the presence of a sturdy scratching post and several attempts to encourage the use of said post, as well as the usage of scratching posts made of a variety of materials (cardboard, wood, sisal, carpet, wicker), your cat continues to scratch on your furniture.
  5. 3.
  6. 4.You’ve been debating whether or not to get your cat declawed.
  7. 5.They are very great in terms of fashion!

Reasons NOT to wear nail caps include the following: The lifestyle of your cat is a mix of indoor and outdoor activities.

2.Your cat is in his golden years.

In other words, the layers of the nail cuticle accumulate to form a broad, thick structure.

It’s also possible that nail caps will not fit over the nail due of the broader structure.

Your cat is suffering from an infected nail bed, a foot fungus, or an injury to the foot.

What may possibly go wrong with nail caps is as follows: In the event of a problem, and the cat appears to be constantly unhappy or nibbling at the nail caps, it is almost often the result of a mistake during the application process.


If you have ever had super glue accidentally poured on your fingers, you are well aware of how painful and uncomfortable it can be.

The nail cap was applied excessively tightly, or with the nail completely extended, resulting in the nail being unable to retract to its usual position as a result.

I hope this has answered the most of your questions about using nail caps on your cat. As previously said, I evolved from being skeptical to becoming a supporter of nail caps, particularly when it aids in the reinforcement of a healthy bond between the cat and its owner.

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These bright cat nail protectors will keep your furniture safe from the claws of your furry friend. A safe and compassionate alternative to surgical declawing, Kitty Caps for Cats assist to avoid damage to furnishings caused by your cat’s natural need to scratch. Kitty Caps are created from a natural vinyl resin that is both safe and harmless. They’re safe, simple to use, and effectively prevent any snags and scratches. Following application, your pet’s claws will be able to lengthen and retract without being disturbed.

  1. Contents of the package: Each package contains 40 Kitty Caps, two Adhesive Tubes, and two Application Tips.
  2. Cats weighing 6-8 pounds are classified as small (S).
  3. Cats weighing more than 13 lbs are classified as large (L).
  4. Trim the nail cap just enough to allow it to fit all the way to the base of the nail, but not too much.
  5. Gently press the nail cap to ensure that the glue is uniformly distributed and that any air bubbles are released.
  6. Squeezing some of the glue onto a paper towel will help to remove some of it.
  7. STEP 4: Keep an eye on the cat for five minutes before releasing it.
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Cat Nail Caps Pros And Cons – Are They A Safe Solution?

Because I am an Amazon Associate, I receive money when people make eligible purchases. Getting a cat is frequently accompanied by a number of serious worries, particularly when it comes to their nails. The most common source of concern for many new cat owners? What is the extent to which they will scratch the furniture, humans, and other pets? As a result, you may have considered nail caps for cats as a solution. But, what are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using cat nail tips? The primary advantage of nail caps is that they are a safe and effective alternative to declawing for cats who are a bit too eager to utilize their claws when they are young.

Nail caps, on the other hand, are a basic treatment that is effective for a wide variety of cats.

If you’re thinking about getting nail caps for your cat, you’ve come to the correct spot.

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Are Nail Caps For Cats Bad

In general, cat nail caps are not harmful to them. The subject of nail caps is a contentious one, with many conflicting viewpoints. Some cat owners consider nail caps to be a lifesaving remedy that has allowed them to maintain a cat that they would otherwise have had to rehome due to illness or injury. Nail caps, according to some cat owners, might cause your cat to become hyperactive and cranky, that they don’t work, or that they’re too expensive and useless. Finding the truth in the midst of all of these differing viewpoints may be a difficult task.

What you need to know is as follows:

Pro – Nail Caps Protect Your Furniture and Drapes

When it comes to keeping your cat from scratching up fabric, leather, carpets, drapes, and anything else that they can get their paws on, nail covers are one of the most efficient methods. Despite the fact that your cat will continue to claw, the caps will prevent damage, keeping both of you pleased.

Con – Nail Caps Need Regular Replacement

Nail caps are only a temporary remedy, and they will come off with your cat’s natural claw development cycle in due course. Replacements will be required every 4-6 weeks, with individual caps perhaps necessitating replacements even more frequently.

Pro – Nail Caps Help Prevent Accidental Scratches and Injuries

Nail caps are also a wonderful alternative for cats that have poor claw control, are aggressive, or who must be around strangers or young children on a regular basis. The soft tips assist to prevent scratches, whether they are accidental or deliberate, and thereby keep you safer.

Con – Not All Cats Tolerate Nail Caps

Nail caps may seem strange to your cat at first, but most cats gradually become accustomed to them. Unfortunately, not all cats will adapt to nail caps, and for some animals, they can be a significant source of stress.

Pro – Nail Caps Are Usually Very Affordable

In most cases, nail caps are reasonably priced, especially if you learn how to apply them on your own. Even if you buy several sets of nail caps, the cost will be less than the cost of professional nail trimming or alternative options.

Con – Nail Caps Can Change How Your Cat Walks

When your cat initially gets nail caps, they may not be able to move properly. It is possible that some will ultimately learn to walk properly again, while others do not appear to be able to adjust.

Pro – Nail Caps Can Be Used As A Scratching Post Training Aid

The usage of nail caps might be a wonderful alternative if you’re still training your cat to scratching posts since they create no lasting alterations to your cat’s paws or claws. Nail caps are available in a variety of colors and styles.

Con – Cats Cannot Be Allowed Outside While Wearing Nail Caps

The usage of nail caps might be a wonderful alternative if you’re still training your cat to scratching posts since they create no lasting alterations to your cat’s paws or claws. Nail caps are available in a variety of colors and can be purchased online.

Pro – Nail Caps Do Not Prevent Normal Claw Growth

The use of nail covers does not prevent proper claw growth, contrary to common perception. It is for this reason that the nail caps come off every 4-6 weeks; the outer layer of nails is removed at the same time as the nail cap.

Con – Some Cats Fight Nail Cap Application

Many cats don’t enjoy it when their paws are tampered with, and some of them may actively oppose having their nails clipped.

This can result in scratches, a sticky mess from the adhesive, and other difficulties.

Pro – Nail Caps Can Be Used In The Short Or Long Term

Nail caps can be worn for as long as necessary, in 4- to 6-week intervals, for as long as they are required. There is no reason to continue using them if you no longer require them, and after you have stopped using them, you may always restart if necessary.

Con – Some Cats Chew And Swallow Nail Caps

In 4- to 6-week intervals, nail caps can be worn for as long as they are required. There is no need to continue using them if you are no longer in need of them, and you can always resume utilizing them if necessary.

Pro – Properly Applied Nail Caps Have No Increased Risk Of Infection

The use of properly placed nail caps, as opposed to declawing, does not raise the risk of an infection in your cat’s paws. However, it is critical to ensure that the nail caps do not irritate the nail bed or cause abrasions since improper application might increase the risk of infection.

Con – Nail Caps Can Interfere With Your Cats Ability to Climb

Cats that enjoy running, jumping, and climbing may find it difficult to continue these behaviors after you have applied nail caps. Claws are used for gripping, and even jumping may be made more stable and effective by using claws for extra leverage and stability. Capping your cat’s claws might sometimes make it difficult for them to move about. After going over the list of the advantages and disadvantages of nail caps, we can confidently state that using nail caps isn’t always a terrible thing in and of itself.

The behavior and temperament of your cat, as well as any other signs of how well your cat is adjusting to wearing nail caps, must be closely monitored at all times.

Cat nail caps aren’t for everyone, but if they work well for you, they may be a really useful item in your beauty arsenal.

Do Nail Caps Hurt Cats

Cats do not experience any discomfort when their nail caps are properly put. Although they are not harmful, they can feel weird and may be a bit unpleasant, similar to the feeling of having really thick nail lacquer on your fingernails. When your cat first receives nail caps, they may walk a little oddly until they become accustomed to them. A natural reaction to cat nail caps or cat boots is a squealing sensation. However, incorrectly placed nail caps have a higher likelihood of causing pain or making it harder for your cat to acclimate to the new nail cap.

If the nail cap has been put incorrectly, it increases the likelihood of inflammation and infection significantly.

Nail caps that are poorly placed should be able to heal on their own after being removed, providing you do not have a serious infection that has gone untreated for an extended period of time.

If you have any reason to believe that your cat’s nail caps were put incorrectly, particularly if they appear to have already damaged the nail beds, it is critical that you take your cat to the veterinarian as soon as possible to have the nail caps removed and their paws treated.

How To Apply Nail Caps For Cats

Cats will benefit from the nail caps since you won’t have to worry about clipping your kitten’s nails. Having enough nails to properly attach the cap will ensure that it fits correctly. Once your cat reaches adulthood, though, you’ll need to delicately clip the ends of your cat’s nails before applying the product to prevent scratching. You must be careful not to prune the claws too much, as this may cause them to become more sensitive and subject to infection. The nail caps for your cat will also come with a little container of adhesive to help you put them on.

  1. Fill each cap approximately a third of the way with adhesive, using caution.
  2. By pressing softly on the top of the joint, you may flex your cat’s nail and slip the cap into place.
  3. If your cat has difficulty with the trimming or capping procedure, you may need to practice touching and manipulating your cat’s paws before you begin capping them to help him get used to it.
  4. The majority of nail caps do not get totally set until 10 minutes after application, although they should be soft set in 5 minutes or less.
  5. Try to dissuade your cats from biting or licking their nail tops; not only may they tear the cap off, but they can also cause temporary damage to their claws if they do it repeatedly.

Will Vets Put Nail Caps On Cats

It is dependent on the veterinarian. Capping your cat’s claws may be recommended by your veterinarian, especially if they also provide grooming services or if the veterinarian has been working with you to help manage problematic claw habits. It is possible that even veterinarians that are willing to place nail caps on your cat will prefer that your learn how to do this yourself, because it is a simple technique that has to be done on a frequent basis, making it unlikely that your veterinarian will want to do it every time.

Keep in mind that veterinarians have a highly busy schedule, and that placing nail caps on your cat’s claws might take time away from the treatment of other patients.

Does Petsmart Put Nail Caps On Cats

PetSmart does provide nail capping services at certain of its stores, namely those that feature a grooming center on the premises. It’s essential to note, though, that PetSmart facilities are frequently focused on canine grooming and may not provide cat grooming services as well. If your cat is afraid of dogs, you might also want to inquire whether your local PetSmart store offers a separate cat grooming area for him or her.

As a result, your cat will be less likely to become disturbed by the dogs, making everyone’s work simpler. For this reason, it is essential to contact ahead before bringing your cat in or scheduling an appointment online.

What Are The Best Cat Nail Caps

Here are a few of the top cat nail caps from which you may select. Depending on the breed and temperament of your cat, your veterinarian or groomer may also have some suggestions.

The Best Cat Nail Caps of Caps Sizes Color Options Materials Price
Soft Paws’ Claw Covers For Kitties 40 4 sizes, including Kitten 17 base colors, multipacks available Vinyl $19.95 per box
Purrdy Paws Soft Nail Caps For Cat Claws 20, 40 5 sizes, including Kitten 15 Vinyl $7.99-12.99 per box
VICTHY Soft Pet Cat Nail Caps 100 4 sizes, including Kitten 20 + in multipacks Vinyl $6.99 per box
JOYJULY Cat Soft Claws Caps 140 4 sizes 10 Vinyl Resin $10.99 per box
Ninery Ave Cat Nail Caps 20 4 sizes 10 Environmental PVC $5.29 per box

Things To Consider

Nail caps are a huge step, and they represent a promise to your cat that you will take good care of them once you have put caps on their nails. Nail tips in the shape of cats If you have tiny children, sensitive furnishings, or rescued cats who are very reactive or violent, they are a fantastic solution for your family. Nail caps, on the other hand, require frequent care, might take some getting used to, and come with their own set of dangers. In the event that you’re thinking about wearing nail caps, here are some things you could want to ask yourself before making a decision:

Can I Commit To Watching My Cat Carefully After Putting On Nail Caps

You may choose to begin by having a veterinarian or a grooming service apply your cat’s nail caps, but the likelihood is that you will take over the task at some time. Do you have the time to spend 30 minutes to an hour every few weeks cutting your cat’s nails, applying the nail caps, and checking to see whether the caps are comfortable and a good fit after you’ve applied them to your cat?

Does My Cat Deal Well With Having Their Paws Handled And Am I Prepared To Work On This

Given the innate protectiveness that most cats have for their feet, getting your cat comfortable with the nail cap procedure will normally take some time and effort on your part. The ability to work with your cats’ paws without clipping or capping their nails is critical if you want this process to be as simple and stress-free as possible.

Why Do I Want To Cap My Cat’s Nails

Capping your cat’s nails in advance of a problem or for purely cosmetic reasons may not always be a wise decision. It’s understandable that some people want to start capping their nails straight immediately, but you may want to give your cat a chance to show you what their claw habits are before doing so. Many cats are quite skilled with their claws and don’t require much more than basic training to keep them that way. Of course, if your cat is aggressive, a furniture destroyer, or engages in other damaging behavior with its claws, nail caps are a fantastic alternative.

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