Claw caps?

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Claw caps?
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Fri, 07-11-2014 - 9:05pm

I'm thinking about getting claw caps to put on my cat's rear claws to lessen the damage she does to herself from excessive scratching (we're trying to figure out the cause). How long should the claws be when you apply the caps? I read that as the claws grow out the caps will fall off so I'm thinking that if the claws are short then the caps will stay on longer...is this correct? Do they have to be a minimum length for the caps to adhere? Any other tips for applying the caps?

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Registered: 12-03-1999
In reply to: elc11
Fri, 07-11-2014 - 10:22pm

<<<...Any other tips for applying the caps?...>>>  Unless your cat is placid to the point of unconciousness, have the vet, or a groomer do it   Rae tried it ONCE.  Come out of it looking like she'd been thru a shredder.  Cat was traumatised for days.  Glue was everywhere.  And the dam things fell off right away.

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Registered: 07-02-1999
In reply to: elc11
Mon, 07-14-2014 - 12:39pm

I haven't used them, but did read the directions out of curiousity (I suggest them all the time and decided I should know a little more). They suggest clipping the nail first. So yes, shorter is better but keep in mind the cap has to have something to adhere to as well.

As for the itching, have you tried going grain free? A former foster cat of mine was itching something fierce. I switched her over as a "let's try this first" thing and it worked for her.

 

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In reply to: elc11
Fri, 07-18-2014 - 9:51am

I would give her claws a good trim before putting on the claw caps.  I have never had to use them so I don't know too much about them.  It seems like posters here have said they last about a month.  I'm sure it would help lessen the damage that your cat is doing to herself until you find the cause.  Sometimes it's just something in the air and there isn't a lot you can do about it.  I'm not sure that cats can take the generic Claratin or Zyrtek.  My dog Bear is itchy and was scratching a lot even though he has no fleas and I changed his diet several times without sucess.  The vet told me about the the allergy meds and they have lessened his scratching.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
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Mon, 07-21-2014 - 1:30pm

Lcni, how often do you give your dog the allergy meds? The vet told me that cats can take Chlor-Trimiton (half of a 4mg tab, twice a day) which is now generic and not as widely available as Zyrtec or Claritin. I gave her some...it was at the same time I was giving her a daily dose of mineral oil for hairballs...and trying to time meals and meds and mineral oil was a bit much and poor kitty was getting spooked everytime I approached her LOL, so I stopped the allergy med. I was hoping to discover a cause rather than having to force a pill down her throat twice a day (she won't take pill pockets, too big and wrong texture anyway, this cat is very picky). She's starting to look a little moth-eaten so I may resume the allergy meds. I forgot to ask the vet how long it would take to see results if the allergy meds work, what's your experience?