Soft Paws Nail Caps


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The Soft claws CLS nail caps are a simple solution when pet scratching is a problem and a preferred alternative to declawing. They’re easy to apply at home and perfect for cats of all ages. They do not interfere with the normal extension and retraction of your cat’s claws. When applied to front paws, they reduce the potential for damage due to your cat’s natural clawing and sharpening behaviour.

Choosing the right size :

  • Kitten : under 2.2 kg (12-16 weeks old)
  • Small : 2.7 – 3.6 kg
  • Medium : 4.0 – 5.8 kg
  • Large : 6.3 kg upward

CLS – Cleat Lock System, Each adult feline nail cap is now embedded with a series of self locking cleats, which offer improved grip on the nail.

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Product Description

Soft Claws Nail Caps for Cats and Kittens are a safe, effective and humane alternative to declawing! They are the Purrfect Solution for Problem Cat Scratching.

What are Soft Claws?

Developed by a veterinarian, Soft Claws are vinyl nail caps that glue on to your cat’s claws. The nail caps cover the claw tips so no damage occurs when your cat scratches.

Each package of Soft Claws contains 40 nail caps, 2 tubes of adhesive, applicator tips and easy to follow instructions.

One package contains enough nail caps for 4 applications on Kitty’s front paws. Each application lasts approximately 4-6 weeks so one package lasts about 4-6 months.

Soft Claws come in a variety of sizes so your cat or kitten will have a purrfect fit, and in lots of fun colors plus clear for the most discreet feline.


What size should you buy? CLEAT LOCK SYSTEM (CLS)

Kitten: (less than 6 months old)

Soft Claws 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 Soft Claws nail cap making it smaller so it will fit your kitten’s nail. Kittens up to about 2,25Kg and/or 5 months generally fit the kitten size.

Small: (approximately 6 months old—approximately 2,5Kg to 3,5Kg)

Some kittens at 5 months may need the Small size if they are growing fast or are large-breed cats. Petite adult cats will wear the Small size. If your cat is female, or your male seems smaller than an average full-grown cat, choose Small.

Medium: (approximately 4Kg to 6Kg)

Most average sized adult male cats, or big-boned females wear Medium.

Large: (approximately 6Kg and up)

Very big-boned and large-breed cats wear large. Maine Coons, for example, are very big cats and generally wear Large.
Most adult females will take the Smalls, and most adult males will take the Mediums. If you’re still unsure – it’s always better to go too small rather than too big.


The Cleat Lock System is a newer feature of Soft Claws. They are little ridges within the nails which hold the cement and add more grip to the nails. It’s only available in limited colours and some of the Kitten packs seem to be mixed – half with CLS and half without. (You’ll notice the ridges are visible through the clear section of the nail cap.)

We just put these on my cat last week, and she adjusted to them very quickly. She shook her feet a bit at first, but only for a few minutes. Now she’s much less pokey and can’t destroy the carpets. I guess it varies a lot from cat to cat, but my cat is still wearing all of hers with no problems, so I think it’s worth a try.

This is a great alternative to declawing, which I am opposed to. Also, as a note, I would recommend putting these on the back claws if you have leather furniture and multiple cats because the cats will scratch the leather with their back feet when they’re chasing each other in play.





My cat is a very mellow cat. She was handled often as a kitten and she just has a very calm personality. The number one tip I’d have is to handle the kitten’s paws often from the beginning.

As for the actual application, my kitten did not like sitting in my lap waiting for me to prepare everything. I quickly learned not to force her to sit there with me. I just have her in the room with me, prepare the nail cap and then come get her to slide the nail cap on. It only takes a split second to attach it. It is necessary to distract the cat for 10-20 minutes after application to allow the glue to dry.

Now, in the beginning, my cat did try to take off the nail caps. She basically looked fine in them but would chew one or two off per day (this did not cause any bleeding or injury to the cat). I’d just keep a close eye out and kept replacing them. No problem. She quickly stopped bothering with them within the week and now doesn’t seem to mind them at all. The nails first need to be clipped. I always try to peel off all the shedded nail. Oftentimes, the nails shed, but there are still bits and pieces of shedded nail left on the nail.


Do not clip the nails of young kittens. Kitten nail caps are designed for longer nails. Their nails are so small, the longer nails are needed for the extra surface area for the cement to adhere.

To fill the nail cap: Unless the nail caps are clear, it is impossible to follow the manufacturer’s instruction to fill the nail caps 1/3 full. What I do is stick the applicator all the way into the nail cap, squeeze until I can see the cement filling coming out the top (do not let it crest), release the cement tube so that the cement gets sucked back into the tube. That always works to get the right amount of cement into the nail cap.

Go grab the cat and quickly slide nail cap on. Keep an eye on the cat for 10-20 minutes to make sure she doesn’t go hide in a corner to sit and pull the caps off while the glue is still wet.

Tip #1: handle kitten’s nails from the beginning.
Tip #2: do not hold the cat down. Prepare all your caps first before restraining the cat to apply the caps.
Tip #3: clip the nails and peel off any shedded nail (kittens do not need nails to be clipped).
Tip #4: fill nail caps with glue to the top and then allow for it to be sucked back into the tube.
Tip #5: you can ask for extra applicator tips from us.
Tip #6: I recommend that you “starve” the cat before doing the application, because a hungry cat is easier to distract with food afterwards, to give the glue time to dry.
Tip #7: it often happens that the glue is dried out in the tube (it has a limited shelf-life). If this happens, you can ask us for fresh glue, or you can use plain ordinary SuperGlue.


The nail caps come off as the nails naturally shed. I can always tell whether a nail cap fell off or was shedded off. When it’s shedded, the bare nail is very sharp, long, shiny, and new. When it’s fallen off because of poor glue application or the cat chewed it off, the nail is still clipped and bits of glue remain on the nail. Most of the time, my kitten’s nail caps are shedded off.

If you’ve just put on a whole set of nails, it’s to be expected that some of the nails are near the end of the shedding cycle and may shed soon after the nail caps are placed on. On average, I replace one nail cap every few days. The older my kitten gets, the more slowly she sheds her nails.


The one thing to worry about is that the nail continues to grow with the caps on, and you’ll notice after a few weeks how it grows around and under the paw. You do NOT want the cap to touch the pad, as this will cause abscess! So from 8 weeks onwards, keep an eye on the nail growth, and before the cap touches the pad – cut the set off and replace with a fresh set!



This product is fabulous. I’m so happy to not have to declaw my cat. My husband was not happy with the Soft Claws at first, but he sees the value in it now. When I discussed discontinuing Soft Claws because the cat rarely scratches furniture, his response was it’s working; why stop now? I’m inclined to agree.

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