Product Name: Cat Nail Caps
size guide info:
Soft Cat Nail Caps will fit most kittens by the time they reach the age of 16 weeks (4 months). Some kittens can wear them as early as age 12 weeks (3 months). To test, try a nail cap on first without the adhesive. If it looks too big, don't glue it on. The nail cap should fit snugly, like a glove. To accommodate younger kittens, you can trim the base of the nail cap making it smaller so it will fit your kitten's nail. Kittens up to about 5 pounds / 2.5kg and/or 5 months generally fit the kitten size.
S - Small : (approximately 6 months old-approximately 6-8 pounds 2.5-4 kg)
Some kittens at 5 months may need a small size if they are growing fast or are large-breed cats. Small-boned adult cats often wear a small size. If your cat seems smaller than an average full-grown cat, choose small.
M - Medium : (approximately 9-13 pounds 4-6 kg)
Most adult average size cats wear a medium.
L - Large : (approximately 14 pounds 6kg and up )
Very large-boned and large-breed cats wear large. Maine Coons, for example, are very large cats and generally wear large.
When the nail caps are applied correctly, there should never be damage or discomfort to the cat’s paws or nail beds. The correct application includes:
- Choosing the nail cap size that is a comfortable fit and shape for each cat’s nails.
- Using enough glue to adhere, but not too much that it overflows during application. The glue should not touch the cat’s hair, nail bed or skin around the claws.
- Trimming the nail slightly longer than a normal nail trim (just passed the top of the ‘hook’) and leaving space between the nail cap and the cat’s nail bed.
The first few applications of nail caps may draw a cat’s attention, causing some to bite or pick at the nail caps. This is perfectly normal, and almost all cats will leave them alone after a few weeks or a few applications. Like many behaviors, positive reinforcement with treats, games and snuggles can help distract from picking at the nail caps and to help calm the cat during nail trimming and application of nail caps.
Nail caps do not prohibit the natural growth of cat nails. So this means that the nails are still growing at a normal rate while wearing the nail caps, and have the potential to grow longer than is comfortable. Even if your cat leaves them alone with the first application of nail caps, they should not be left on the nails longer than 6-8 weeks. At this point, the remaining caps should be removed with nail trimmers, the nails trimmed and cleaned before applying a new set of nail caps. This maintains the health and length of the nails while providing ongoing protection from scratching.
Nail caps are great options for many owners and cats:
- Elderly cat owners, or those with thin skin or bleeding/clotting problems caused by medication or health conditions
- Families with small children and/or lots of visiting family and friends
- Households with antique furniture, quilts, rugs, etc.
- Cats or kittens who “play rough” or show aggressive behaviors
- Cats with skin issues, chronic itching, health problems, etc.
- Sphynx and hairless cats with delicate skin
- Cats whose nails get stuck in the carpet, bedding, clothing or other fabric
Nail caps are not always suitable for:
- Cats that go outdoors
- Owners that are not able to maintain a 4-6 week nail trim/nail cap replacement schedule
- Cats that continually bite or pick nail caps off after a few trial applications