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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:03 pm 
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Hey Everybody!

I'm currently talking to breeders in my area about getting my Bengal Kitten - I'm so excited :o I'm trying to do my research and I've come across 'Soft Claws' as a method for stopping your cat scratching around the house.

http://www.spuk.com/?gclid=CJ7dyIfJypUCFQ1TEAodgywcig

Obviously I wouldn't consider de-clawing and I know part of buying a cat is accepting your furnishings come second. Nevertheless, I'd like to know if anyone knows anything about these and whether they're a bad thing for a cat?

Many thanks everyone, look forward to being a part of this online community!

Katherine

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:13 pm 
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Hi Katherine

I don't know anything about Softclaws but just wanted to say welcome and hello!

Someone more useful will be along shortly, I just know it :)

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:20 pm 
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Ask Rhiannon! lol :oops: :lol:
She uses them on her cat, Olly, and with success too, from what i've heard. :wink:

I personally just clip their claws when they're half asleep. It usually works... :lol:

Welcome to the forum and soon to be Bengal madness! Best of luck with your hunt for a kitty. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:25 pm 
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Vix206 wrote:

Someone more useful will be along shortly, I just know it :)


I second that... :lol:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:09 am 
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i also just clip but that is more because my hubby said if he came home and found "his poor little baby" having to trot around with bright purple claws he would disown me...


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:37 am 
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de-clawing in the UK is against the law anyway, i personally dont use soft claws, i found if you buy enough for you cat to claw on they leave your furnature alone, if you find your cat going to claw at your furnature say no and remove the cat from it, and make sure you pet and praise your cat when he/she claws at their cat trees etc.

I just clip my cats claws, i have even managed to clip Hestia's too, although Zeus will take a bit longer.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:45 am 
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Exactly the same thing as Michelle said happened with my new kitty!
She was being a little terror, playfully scratching me all the time, and digging her claws in hard when using me as a climbing post, and my housemate was nervous whenever she was around because of this (if it was just me I wouldn't mind), so I bought some softclaws off the internet.
As soon as they arrived, kitty suddenly learns how to sheathe her claws!

Now if only they made them to fit over her teeth.... :roll:

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:44 pm 
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Ohhh thanks for the information. I don't want a cat with purple claws either - but they do have clear ones so that's something!

It looks like a consensus that they don't hurt or annoy cats/kittens, but I was wondering as well if it would stop them gripping when climbing? Which would seem a bit unfair, especially for a Bengal!

For now it looks like I should be patient and try and address scratching behaviourally if it comes up. But you guys have reassured me that if its a major problem these won't harm my cat :)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:08 pm 
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We used soft claws on freya, they were quite good for not scratching things but she could still climb the curtains with them. We havent put them on the kitten though.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:38 pm 
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Not at all sure I like the idea, our older cats all use the scratchpoles and do their claws when grooming; I just see the covers disappearing down the throat.

Claw clipping every three or four weeks, good cat furniture will work for most Bengals. Voice training, and the occasional two fingered tap on the top of the head work as well.

Of course, stopping a kitten doing anything is a challenge no sane person should have to contemplate.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:46 pm 
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Had no idea those existed, is it not a struggle to put them on in the first place??!! looks a bit psychedelic :)

I'm pretty new to cats and was worried about scratching on the leather couch etc. before I got those guys (1 kitten, 1 adult) but I have to say that nail clipping works just fine... if you provide scratching pads it's not that bad, in my experience anyway. They also love linen baskets so why not get one of those...

Nail clipping is ok as well, can be a struggle with kittens but our technique works wonders: one person holds the kitten and give him bits of food one at a time to divert his attention, while the other does the clipping...


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spotsnstripes wrote:
Ask Rhiannon! lol :oops: :lol:
She uses them on her cat, Olly, and with success too, from what i've heard. :wink:
. :D


You are right. I use them on my Olly and they work great. He is able to climb and everything just fine. They will chew at them when you 1st put them on, but if get the cats mind off of it fast they get over it. :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:24 am 
Oscar scratches the rug, how do i teach him thats what the cat tree is for?

Also how do you clip their claws? How do you know how far to go? Is it the same as clipping dog nails?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:43 am 
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The pink bit is the start of a vein so stay well clear of that otherwise Oscar will jump to the ceiling and bleed... personally I'm so afraid of hurting them that I clip only a tiny bit so I don't know how close to that pink bit you can actually go.

I use a normal nail clipper because the ones I saw in pet shops were big scissor things, not sure that's appropriate for a kitten...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:49 am 
I clip dog nails so I guess it's the same then, don't worry I never go near the pink parts.. :shock:


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