If you’re a cat owner, you’re probably familiar with the situation in which you’re happily rubbing your cat’s belly only to be hoping you won’t bleed to death a few moments later. Yes, cats love tricking us like that, and even though we are aware of it, we still fall for it every time.
However, there are ways in which you can put their little razors under control and protect not just your skin but your furniture as well. One way is by using claw covers – but of course, every solution comes with its upsides and downsides, so here’s what you should know about this option.
What are they?
Claw covers are stick-on caps that go over your cat’s natural claws. They are designed to reduce the damage cats can do with their claws. They are also quite durable and can last for 4-6 weeks before they fall off on their own due to the claws’ natural growth.
The covers are shaped to match your cat’s natural claw shape, and they are available in many sizes. This means that they won’t bother your cat or make it feel uncomfortable in any way. They also shouldn’t affect the movement of your cat’s claws or their natural growth – if glued correctly, of course. Finally, they are a great alternative to declawing, and they are harmless to your cat’s health.
Since the covers are dull, your cat won’t be able to damage your furniture or hurt you by scratching. This might be a lifesaver if you have expensive furniture that you don’t want to see ruined, or if you have small kids and you don’t want them to get hurt while playing with your cat.
Now, keep in mind that the covers shouldn’t be your first option – scratching is normal for cats, and if you give them plenty of toys that they can scratch, most cats won’t feel the need to sharpen their nails on your furniture. That being said, if your cat seems determined to use your favorite armchair as its scratching post, it’s okay to protect your interior.
Also, in case you ever have to be away for a while, there’s always an option of reliable pet boarding. However, if your cat isn’t used to strangers, it might not feel comfortable around different pet sitters. This is another situation in which claw covers can be used to protect the people who are taking care of your cat.
Finally, as already mentioned, using claw covers is safe for your cat and much less harmful than, for example, declawing. It doesn’t change the anatomy of your cat, it’s not permanent, and it can give you a peace of mind not having to think about what your cat will destroy next.
When it comes to the downsides, many people have complained about claw covers becoming a fashion statement rather than a practical piece of pet equipment. There were many people who bragged about their pet’s nail job and tried to match the color of the claw covers with the color of their own nails, which overshadowed the actual purpose of the covers.
Next, it’s true that the covers can protect you from your cat’s little razors, but by doing so, they are also rendering your cat almost defenseless. It cannot hunt, and in case it got attacked by another cat or dog, it would have no way to defend itself. This is why you should only do it with a housecat –and prevent it from going outside while it has the covers on.
Also, as mentioned, you would need to glue the covers onto your cat’s claws properly in order to ensure that your cat can still withdraw and extract them without any issues. This, though, might be a bit more challenging if you have a stubborn cat.
Scratching is a natural behavior for cats, but it still doesn’t mean that you should just accept having your furniture shredded and your hands constantly in Band-Aids. Of course, it goes without saying that your cat should have a scratching post and be well socialized so it doesn’t attack people for no reason.
Nevertheless, if your cat is displaying any kind of destructive behavior or seems to be more agitated and willing to hurt somebody than trimming you cat’s nails or the usual, cat claw covers might be a good temporary solution until you figure out the reason for such behavior.
About the author
Zara Lewis is a regular contributor at highstylife.com and a full time animal lover. Passionate about creating a better world for the generations to come, she is a mum of two, raising them inseparably from their furry family members.