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What are claw caps for cats

Cats need to grasp and hold onto objects with their claws to get a firm grip. If a cat does not have enough claws for normal activities, or if their claws are damaged or worn down, the claw caps can help to give them extra protection and functionality.

What are claw caps for?

Cats with claw caps have a surface where their claws can be clipped. Each paw will have 2 claw caps, and they are typically made from a hard resin that is coloured to match the natural colour of the cat's claws.

How do they work?

Claw caps can be fitted by a vet or veterinary nurse to give your cat the extra protection they may need. It is important to remember that claw caps cannot replace healthy claws. If a cat has damaged claws, this will not be helped by fitting claw caps.

How much does claw caps cost?

Claw caps vary in price depending on their size, style and manufacturer. Claw caps can be purchased from most pet stores and online retailers.

What are the risks?

There are few risks associated with the fitting of claw caps. If you have any concerns about the safety of your cat, please contact your vet or veterinary clinic.

How long will the claw caps stay in place?

Claw caps can be fitted for a short or long period of time. The length of time for which a claw cap is fitted will depend on your cat's needs and the type of claw cap you choose. When the claw caps are removed, they can be cleaned and disinfected.

How do I know if the claw caps are working?

Your cat's claws should be clipped and fitted with claw caps during their kittenhood. If your cat loses their claws while they are still young, they may not be able to reach and grasp objects with their claws as effectively. It may be that the claw caps need to be removed and replaced.

What should I do with the claw caps?

The claw caps should be kept in a clean, dry place, so that they are ready for re-use. They should be kept in a plastic bag, so that they do not get wet.

Can I clean my cat's claw caps?

Claw caps should be kept clean and dry. If the caps become dirty, the claws will not be clipped correctly and can be painful for your cat.

Is it possible to remove the claw caps?

Yes, it is possible to remove the claw caps and clip the claws.

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