Pliable caps are tolerated well by most cats. Non-toxic adhesive is 100% safe. Easy to apply. Does a great job of staying put. Unless your cat is determined to bite them off, one application lasts 4 to 6 weeks. Each pack comes with 2 different colors so you can mix and match or keep things simple.
Doesn't come with applicators. A bit pricier than others available.
Soft and flexible without being flimsy. Clear application instructions. Non-toxic and safe. Comes with 5 colors, extra adhesive, and easy to use applicators. Following a brief adjustment period, most cats seem perfectly comfortable wearing these. Available in several sizes.
Sizes run a bit large, but length can easily be trimmed for a better fit.
Suitable for 5-7.5 kg cats. Made from vinyl resin for maximum comfort. Comes with safe and non-toxic adhesive glue to keep the caps in place. Doesn’t interfere with the cat’s normal behaviour.
The adhesive glue may be too strong if too much is applied making cap removal difficult.
A total of 140 nail caps in 14 different hues gives you loads of interesting color combinations to choose from. Includes glue and fine tipped, user-friendly applicators. Available in a variety of sizes to fit kittens and cats of all sizes. Most cats tolerate them well.
While they do a good job of staying in place, the tips tend to wear out quickly, leaving sharp claws exposed.
Jumbo pack with 6 different colors delivers great variety. Adhesive is safe and dries fairly quickly. Includes 6 adhesive tubes and applicators. Thin, flexible texture is comfortable enough that most cats forget they're wearing them after a few minutes. Affordable.
The glue is thin and runs easily. Stubborn cats might manage to bite them off. Sizes run large.
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Cats have a tendency to scratch things, whether it’s furniture, carpets, people, or other pets. Declawing is an expensive procedure that brings up some ethical questions, but cat nail caps are an inexpensive and humane solution.
Cat nail caps are small pieces of synthetic material that you glue onto your cat’s nails, preventing your pet from scratching things with the same ferocity. The best part of these convenient tools is that they’re completely humane and fall off naturally after a few weeks as the claws grow out. Cat nail caps are a good option for indoor cats, but they should not be used on outdoor cats for the same reason outdoor cats should never be declawed: they need their claws to defend themselves. Cat nail caps are available in a range of colors and typically come in packs of 40 or more.
If you think cat nail caps are right for you and your feline friend, continue reading to learn more about the types available and see a few of our favorites.
Declawing: Removing a cat’s claws is an expensive surgical procedure. It involves removing the bones that produce the nails and sometimes some of the padding of the toes. This leaves your cat sore for days or weeks, and many people (including veterinarians) argue that this is an unethical procedure. It may also be illegal in your area.
Select cat nail caps based on their material and size. You want to find a set that fits your cat perfectly and lasts for several weeks at a minimum.
Cat nail caps are made from a few nontoxic materials that vary in softness and durability.
Rubber: Soft and comfortable for cats, rubber is also fairly durable, lasting as long as eight weeks.
Vinyl: One of the most durable options, vinyl lasts up to eight weeks, but it isn’t as soft as the other materials.
Cat nail caps can fall off if they don’t fit snugly, so finding the right size is crucial. You can use the weight of your cat to determine the claw size.
Kittens: Extra-small cat nail caps
Under 8 pounds: Small cat nail caps
8 to 14 pounds: Medium cat nail caps
Over 14 pounds: Large or extra-large cat nail caps
Also take note of the thickness of the cat nail caps. Thicker caps are usually duller, preventing your cat from damaging furniture or carpets. They may be less comfortable for the cat, however.
Color: Many cat nail caps come in a range of different colors. One pack may contain several colors or only one color. Neon caps look cute on your cat, and they’re also more noticeable so you can easily see if a cap has fallen off. If you prefer less vibrant colors, there are many more muted options, including clear. The available colors vary from one brand to the next.
As with any product sold in large quantities, take a moment to figure out the cost of each individual cap when determining the actual cost of cat nail caps.
Inexpensive: Cat nail cap sets that cost $2 to $5 may include as few as 20 to as many as 100. They might use harder synthetic materials that aren’t as comfortable for some cats, especially if the cats have never worn nail caps before.
Mid-range: Cat nail cap sets that cost $5 to $10 typically come in quantities of 40 to 120. These often use higher-quality soft, non-toxic materials like silicone. In addition, you’ll typically find a wider range of colors at this price.
Expensive: High-end cat nail caps that cost $10 to $20 come in quantities of 40 to 120 and use high-quality non-toxic materials that are soft and comfortable for cats. These sets also often include extra applicator tips and adhesive. Some more expensive options have a locking system made of small ridges or teeth on the inside of the caps. This helps the caps grip the nails and stay on longer.
Your vet can likely apply nail caps for you, but if your cat isn’t too aggressive, you should be able to do it yourself. Some brands may have different recommendations for applying nail caps, but there are some general steps.
Trim your cat’s nails. Since cat nail caps fall off after a certain amount of growth, shortening the nails helps to keep the caps on longer.
Test the nail cap to see if it fits. It should fit snugly and without covering the whole nail.
Fill the nail cap partially with adhesive. Use the applicator tip (if one is included) to fill the nail cap one-third to one-half with the adhesive liquid.
Put the cat nail cap on the nail. Keep your cat still for a few moments.
Q. Won’t cats just chew off nail caps?
A. The included adhesive is usually strong enough to prevent this. Also, the nail caps and adhesive are made of nontoxic materials in the rare event that a cat successfully removes one.
Q. How old do cats have to be for cat nail caps?
A. Most brands recommend waiting until your kitten is at least 12 weeks old. You don’t need to trim kitten nails before applying cat nail caps.
Q. Don’t cat nail caps prevent cats from fully retracting their nails?
A. No, they don’t. Nail caps only cover the tip of the nail, allowing cats to retract their nails as usual.
Q. Are cat nail caps reusable?
A. No. The glue hardens in the tip of the cap. In most cases, part of the nail will come off with the cap when it eventually falls off.