Difference Between Soft Paws & Soft Claws

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Difference Between Soft Paws & Soft Claws
Keep kitty from scratching by using vinyl caps on his claws. (Black Cat image by Chris Kincaid from Fotolia.com)

Cats like to scratch stuff. That's a fact of life if you share yours with a feline friend. Declawing is considered by many to be inhumane, and training your cat not to scratch furniture may be a losing battle. A third approach to keeping your cat from scratching is to use Soft Paws or Soft Claws.

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Definition

Both Soft Paws and Soft Claws are vinyl caps that can be glued to your cat's claws to keep their claws from ruining your furniture during scratching. Cats can still scratch when wearing Soft Paws or Soft Claws, but because the vinyl caps are blunt, their nails cause no damage. The caps are nontoxic and come off when your cat sheds his claw sheath naturally, so they must be reapplied periodically (between four and six weeks).

Packaging

The packaging is the only thing different between Soft Paws and Soft Claws. A careful comparison of the two products and their websites reveals that both products are not only exactly alike, but also priced and packaged identically. Additionally, the Soft Claws site reveals that Soft Claws is a trademark of Soft Paws.

Usage

Both Soft Paws and Soft Claws come in a variety of sizes to ensure that the caps are a perfect fit for your cat's nails. Both products are applied the same way. They come with a fast-drying liquid adhesive. Pet owners partially fill each nail cap with adhesive and then slip the caps over the cat's nails. When the caps come off in the natural nail sheath shedding process, you simply apply new ones.

Appearance

Both products come in a wide variety of colours, so that you can choose a colour that matches your cat's personality and gender and your own colour preferences. Both Soft Paws and Soft Claws also come in packages of rainbow-coloured caps and combination-colour caps, such as red and green for the holiday kitty.

Cost

Soft Paws come in 40-cap packs. These packages come with two tubes of adhesive, applicator tips to make applying the glue easy, and instructions. As of 2010, the kit costs £12.30. Soft Claws comes with the exact same number of caps, adhesive tubes and applicator tips, and costs £12.30 as well.

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