Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-26 Thread dlgegg
Trimming is hard wen you have to hold all 4 legs still and watch out for the 
teeth.  How do you do that?
I have gotten collars and figure 8 harness.  We had them off within 5 minutes 
and I found them on the floor.
 MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote: 
 Wonder about trimming the nails?  I do my guys a lot but the vets did  
 them once and they can be trimmed a lot shorter than I have been  
 cutting them.
 On May 23, 2011, at 9:03 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:
 
  Reminds me of the time I got Stormy a red collar with shiny  
  rhinestones.
  Oh, it looked so pretty on her grey fur!
  But every day when I came home from work, the collar, still  
  fastened, was
  sitting right on the front step.  Cat's way of saying, I don't even  
  think
  so.
  Sigh.
  ~Bonnie
 
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  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of
  dlg...@windstream.net
  Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:41 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
  I cannot even begin to think about soft paws for my pride.  I don't  
  think I
  would come out of it alive.  We do not like anything  put on us.
 
   Melinda Kerr msk...@me.com wrote:
  Thanks for all the suggestions!
 
  Sent from my iPhone
 
  On May 23, 2011, at 6:27 AM, MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and
  have at it.
  On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:
 
  Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss
  them,. get them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!
 
  -Original Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
  Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
  Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on
  the floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation
  boards (8 foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little
  messy but that is what vacs and brooms are for.
  On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:
 
  I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the
  cat and one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
  The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide
  many scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others
  prefer horizontal.
  Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or
  getting off the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have
  those available near those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a
  sofa, cover with double-sided sticky tape and place a good scratch
  post next to it until the cat gets used to it.  Not all scratch
  posts are created equally!  Carpet covered ones send the wrong
  message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones are
  real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,
  and then just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the
  last is the least effective because those twines are scratched
  apart and have to be recovered (can be done!)  Using catnip on
  scratch posts to retrain is a good idea - and pulling a toy up the
  scratch post works really well!  Natalie -Original
  Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda
  Kerr
  Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
  Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few
  unfavorable reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.
  My cats are starting to damage the persian rugs and leather
  carpet.  My husband is threatening bodily harm if they don't stop
  it!
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-24 Thread Lorrie
My 15 cats lose their collars quite often and it gets expensive, so 
now I buy beautiful breakaway collars on eBay, a dozen at a time for
$19.00 and free shipping.  I also buy ID tags that all say REWARD and
my phone number, nothing else.  This way they are all interchangable
and I always have a new collar ready to put on a cat who has lost
it's collar.  Some are very clever about getting them off.

Lorrie


On 05-23, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

 Reminds me of the time I got Stormy a red collar with shiny
 rhinestones. Oh, it looked so pretty on her grey fur! But every day
 when I came home from work, the collar, still fastened, was sitting
 right on the front step.  Cat's way of saying, I don't even think
 so. Sigh. ~Bonnie
 

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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-24 Thread Natalie
I have had horrible experiences with collars, even though the cats did NOT
go out.  I thought that something was very wrong, the cat's head was at a
strange angle, like a spasm, couldn't moveHe got his tooth caught on a
collar.it WAS a breakaway, but it didn't break awaythis and another
cat was long-haired, so one couldn't see immediately what the problem was.
This happened several times - I gave up on collars with ID from then one -
they can get caught in branches, under fences and strangle..Natalie

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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Lorrie
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 6:44 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

My 15 cats lose their collars quite often and it gets expensive, so 
now I buy beautiful breakaway collars on eBay, a dozen at a time for
$19.00 and free shipping.  I also buy ID tags that all say REWARD and
my phone number, nothing else.  This way they are all interchangable
and I always have a new collar ready to put on a cat who has lost
it's collar.  Some are very clever about getting them off.

Lorrie


On 05-23, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

 Reminds me of the time I got Stormy a red collar with shiny
 rhinestones. Oh, it looked so pretty on her grey fur! But every day
 when I came home from work, the collar, still fastened, was sitting
 right on the front step.  Cat's way of saying, I don't even think
 so. Sigh. ~Bonnie
 

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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-24 Thread Natalie
If the nails are white, it's easy to cut them right up to the quick, when
they're dark, it's not.  Usually, cut off the part that comes out and
creates a thin hook.  There are diagrams on where and how to in some of the
do not declaw info I sent to some people who requested it. Natalie

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From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 1:16 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Wonder about trimming the nails?  I do my guys a lot but the vets did  
them once and they can be trimmed a lot shorter than I have been  
cutting them.
On May 23, 2011, at 9:03 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

 Reminds me of the time I got Stormy a red collar with shiny  
 rhinestones.
 Oh, it looked so pretty on her grey fur!
 But every day when I came home from work, the collar, still  
 fastened, was
 sitting right on the front step.  Cat's way of saying, I don't even  
 think
 so.
 Sigh.
 ~Bonnie

 -Original Message-
 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of
 dlg...@windstream.net
 Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:41 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

 I cannot even begin to think about soft paws for my pride.  I don't  
 think I
 would come out of it alive.  We do not like anything  put on us.

  Melinda Kerr msk...@me.com wrote:
 Thanks for all the suggestions!

 Sent from my iPhone

 On May 23, 2011, at 6:27 AM, MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote:

 And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and
 have at it.
 On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:

 Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss
 them,. get them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!

 -Original Message-
 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
 Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

 Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on
 the floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation
 boards (8 foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little
 messy but that is what vacs and brooms are for.
 On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:

 I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the
 cat and one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
 The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide
 many scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others
 prefer horizontal.
 Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or
 getting off the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have
 those available near those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a
 sofa, cover with double-sided sticky tape and place a good scratch
 post next to it until the cat gets used to it.  Not all scratch
 posts are created equally!  Carpet covered ones send the wrong
 message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones are
 real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,
 and then just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the
 last is the least effective because those twines are scratched
 apart and have to be recovered (can be done!)  Using catnip on
 scratch posts to retrain is a good idea - and pulling a toy up the
 scratch post works really well!  Natalie -Original
 Message-
 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda
 Kerr
 Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

 Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few
 unfavorable reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.
 My cats are starting to damage the persian rugs and leather
 carpet.  My husband is threatening bodily harm if they don't stop
 it!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-23 Thread Bonnie Hogue
Reminds me of the time I got Stormy a red collar with shiny rhinestones.
Oh, it looked so pretty on her grey fur!
But every day when I came home from work, the collar, still fastened, was
sitting right on the front step.  Cat's way of saying, I don't even think
so.
Sigh.
~Bonnie

-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of
dlg...@windstream.net
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:41 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

I cannot even begin to think about soft paws for my pride.  I don't think I
would come out of it alive.  We do not like anything  put on us.

 Melinda Kerr msk...@me.com wrote: 
 Thanks for all the suggestions!  
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On May 23, 2011, at 6:27 AM, MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and
have at it.
  On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:
  
  Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss 
  them,. get them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!
  
  -Original Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
  Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
  
  Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on 
  the floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation 
  boards (8 foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little 
  messy but that is what vacs and brooms are for.
  On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:
  
  I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the 
  cat and one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
  The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide 
  many scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others 
  prefer horizontal.
  Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or 
  getting off the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have 
  those available near those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a 
  sofa, cover with double-sided sticky tape and place a good scratch 
  post next to it until the cat gets used to it.  Not all scratch 
  posts are created equally!  Carpet covered ones send the wrong 
  message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones are 
  real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material, 
  and then just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the 
  last is the least effective because those twines are scratched 
  apart and have to be recovered (can be done!)  Using catnip on 
  scratch posts to retrain is a good idea - and pulling a toy up the 
  scratch post works really well!  Natalie -Original 
  Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda 
  Kerr
  Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
  
  Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few 
  unfavorable reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  
  My cats are starting to damage the persian rugs and leather 
  carpet.  My husband is threatening bodily harm if they don't stop 
  it!
  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-23 Thread MaiMaiPG
Wonder about trimming the nails?  I do my guys a lot but the vets did  
them once and they can be trimmed a lot shorter than I have been  
cutting them.

On May 23, 2011, at 9:03 PM, Bonnie Hogue wrote:

Reminds me of the time I got Stormy a red collar with shiny  
rhinestones.

Oh, it looked so pretty on her grey fur!
But every day when I came home from work, the collar, still  
fastened, was
sitting right on the front step.  Cat's way of saying, I don't even  
think

so.
Sigh.
~Bonnie

-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of
dlg...@windstream.net
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 9:41 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

I cannot even begin to think about soft paws for my pride.  I don't  
think I

would come out of it alive.  We do not like anything  put on us.

 Melinda Kerr msk...@me.com wrote:

Thanks for all the suggestions!

Sent from my iPhone

On May 23, 2011, at 6:27 AM, MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote:


And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and

have at it.

On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:


Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss
them,. get them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!

-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on
the floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation
boards (8 foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little
messy but that is what vacs and brooms are for.
On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:


I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the
cat and one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide
many scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others
prefer horizontal.
Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or
getting off the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have
those available near those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a
sofa, cover with double-sided sticky tape and place a good scratch
post next to it until the cat gets used to it.  Not all scratch
posts are created equally!  Carpet covered ones send the wrong
message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones are
real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,
and then just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the
last is the least effective because those twines are scratched
apart and have to be recovered (can be done!)  Using catnip on
scratch posts to retrain is a good idea - and pulling a toy up the
scratch post works really well!  Natalie -Original
Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda
Kerr
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few
unfavorable reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.
My cats are starting to damage the persian rugs and leather
carpet.  My husband is threatening bodily harm if they don't stop
it!

Melinda, Fuji and VooDoo
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread Natalie
I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the cat and
one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide many
scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others prefer horizontal.
Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or getting off
the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have those available near
those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a sofa, cover with double-sided
sticky tape and place a good scratch post next to it until the cat gets used
to it.  Not all scratch posts are created equally!  Carpet covered ones send
the wrong message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones are
real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material, and then
just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the last is the least
effective because those twines are scratched apart and have to be recovered
(can be done!)  Using catnip on scratch posts to retrain is a good idea -
and pulling a toy up the scratch post works really well!  Natalie 
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[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda Kerr
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few unfavorable
reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are starting
to damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is threatening
bodily harm if they don't stop it!  

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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread Natalie
A tall cat tree near a window is a great idea!!  The most important
thing is to provide plenty of stimulation so they don't get bored and start
bad habts

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Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:05 AM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Hi Melinda,
I tried them on back paws to try to prevent one with severe allergies
from scratching his head.  Didn't work.  He just chewed them off.
(he's on Cyclosporine now, which works wonders).  Haven't tried them
on front paws, perhaps they would chew less on those, or if you are
really dedicated about replacing them they may eventually get used to
them.  I think I would spend the money on adding more acceptable
places for them to scratch, and rewarding them with treats when they
do it...maybe also trim their nails and block the unnacceptable
scratching areas with less tempting surfaces, like tinfoil or scraps
of vinyl flooring, at least temporarily.  Maybe more high-up perching
places would decrease the amount of time they spend on the floor and
help a bit too?  Just brainstormin' :o)

Best of luck,
Beth N.

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 Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?...


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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread Edna Taylor

A frient of mine uses them and swears by them.  At our house we have learned to 
never buy expensive rugs or leather furniture ;)  Besides, when we kick it, our 
family is just going to sell our cr*p or put it to the curb.  We have resigned 
ourselves to the fact that about every 2 years we have to go to Gallery 
Furniture and purchase a new sofa :)
 
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 From: msk...@me.com
 Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:38:09 +
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
 Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few unfavorable 
 reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are starting to 
 damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is threatening bodily 
 harm if they don't stop it!  
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread MaiMaiPG
Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on the  
floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation boards (8  
foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little messy but that  
is what vacs and brooms are for.

On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:

I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the  
cat and

one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide many
scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others prefer  
horizontal.
Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or  
getting off
the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have those available  
near
those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a sofa, cover with  
double-sided
sticky tape and place a good scratch post next to it until the cat  
gets used
to it.  Not all scratch posts are created equally!  Carpet covered  
ones send
the wrong message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones  
are
real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,  
and then
just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the last is the  
least
effective because those twines are scratched apart and have to be  
recovered
(can be done!)  Using catnip on scratch posts to retrain is a good  
idea -

and pulling a toy up the scratch post works really well!  Natalie
-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda Kerr
Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few  
unfavorable
reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are  
starting
to damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is  
threatening

bodily harm if they don't stop it!

Melinda, Fuji and VooDoo
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread MaiMaiPG
Try lacy afghans/throws on the sofa.  My boys get their nails hung and  
don't like them at all.

On May 22, 2011, at 10:36 AM, Edna Taylor wrote:



A frient of mine uses them and swears by them.  At our house we have  
learned to never buy expensive rugs or leather furniture ;)   
Besides, when we kick it, our family is just going to sell our cr*p  
or put it to the curb.  We have resigned ourselves to the fact that  
about every 2 years we have to go to Gallery Furniture and purchase  
a new sofa :)



To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
From: msk...@me.com
Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:38:09 +
Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few  
unfavorable reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.   
My cats are starting to damage the persian rugs and leather  
carpet.  My husband is threatening bodily harm if they don't stop it!


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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread Natalie
Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss them,. get
them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!

-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on the  
floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation boards (8  
foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little messy but that  
is what vacs and brooms are for.
On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:

 I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the  
 cat and
 one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
 The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide many
 scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others prefer  
 horizontal.
 Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or  
 getting off
 the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have those available  
 near
 those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a sofa, cover with  
 double-sided
 sticky tape and place a good scratch post next to it until the cat  
 gets used
 to it.  Not all scratch posts are created equally!  Carpet covered  
 ones send
 the wrong message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones  
 are
 real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,  
 and then
 just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the last is the  
 least
 effective because those twines are scratched apart and have to be  
 recovered
 (can be done!)  Using catnip on scratch posts to retrain is a good  
 idea -
 and pulling a toy up the scratch post works really well!  Natalie
 -Original Message-
 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda Kerr
 Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

 Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few  
 unfavorable
 reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are  
 starting
 to damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is  
 threatening
 bodily harm if they don't stop it!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread MaiMaiPG
And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and  
have at it.

On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:

Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss them,.  
get

them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!

-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on the
floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation boards (8
foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little messy but that
is what vacs and brooms are for.
On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:


I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the
cat and
one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide many
scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others prefer
horizontal.
Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or
getting off
the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have those available
near
those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a sofa, cover with
double-sided
sticky tape and place a good scratch post next to it until the cat
gets used
to it.  Not all scratch posts are created equally!  Carpet covered
ones send
the wrong message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones
are
real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,
and then
just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the last is the
least
effective because those twines are scratched apart and have to be
recovered
(can be done!)  Using catnip on scratch posts to retrain is a good
idea -
and pulling a toy up the scratch post works really well!  Natalie
-Original Message-
From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda  
Kerr

Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few
unfavorable
reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are
starting
to damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is
threatening
bodily harm if they don't stop it!

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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread Melinda Kerr
Thanks for all the suggestions!  

Sent from my iPhone

On May 23, 2011, at 6:27 AM, MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote:

 And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and have at 
 it.
 On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:
 
 Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss them,. get
 them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!
 
 -Original Message-
 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
 Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
 Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on the
 floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation boards (8
 foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little messy but that
 is what vacs and brooms are for.
 On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:
 
 I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the
 cat and
 one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
 The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide many
 scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others prefer
 horizontal.
 Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or
 getting off
 the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have those available
 near
 those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a sofa, cover with
 double-sided
 sticky tape and place a good scratch post next to it until the cat
 gets used
 to it.  Not all scratch posts are created equally!  Carpet covered
 ones send
 the wrong message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones
 are
 real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,
 and then
 just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the last is the
 least
 effective because those twines are scratched apart and have to be
 recovered
 (can be done!)  Using catnip on scratch posts to retrain is a good
 idea -
 and pulling a toy up the scratch post works really well!  Natalie
 -Original Message-
 From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
 [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda Kerr
 Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
 To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
 Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
 Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few
 unfavorable
 reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are
 starting
 to damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is
 threatening
 bodily harm if they don't stop it!
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread dlgegg
I cannot even begin to think about soft paws for my pride.  I don't think I 
would come out of it alive.  We do not like anything  put on us.

 Melinda Kerr msk...@me.com wrote: 
 Thanks for all the suggestions!  
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On May 23, 2011, at 6:27 AM, MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and have 
  at it.
  On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:
  
  Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss them,. get
  them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!
  
  -Original Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
  Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
  
  Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on the
  floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation boards (8
  foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little messy but that
  is what vacs and brooms are for.
  On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:
  
  I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the
  cat and
  one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
  The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide many
  scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others prefer
  horizontal.
  Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or
  getting off
  the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have those available
  near
  those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a sofa, cover with
  double-sided
  sticky tape and place a good scratch post next to it until the cat
  gets used
  to it.  Not all scratch posts are created equally!  Carpet covered
  ones send
  the wrong message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones
  are
  real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,
  and then
  just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the last is the
  least
  effective because those twines are scratched apart and have to be
  recovered
  (can be done!)  Using catnip on scratch posts to retrain is a good
  idea -
  and pulling a toy up the scratch post works really well!  Natalie
  -Original Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda Kerr
  Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
  
  Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few
  unfavorable
  reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are
  starting
  to damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is
  threatening
  bodily harm if they don't stop it!
  
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread dlgegg
Cardboard boxes are great!  We don't use them fr scratching, just sleeping.  I 
have 2 small ones (9 x 12) on the sofa.  Who ever is on the sofa uses them.  
Got another by the fridge.  It i taller and Harley likes to hide in it and 
pounce on unsuspecting soul that passes by.  I also have a scratcher that is 
plastic, arch shaped with a replaceable corrugated insert.  It is impregnated 
with emery.  We like that, all 6 of them scattered around the house.
 MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote: 
 And the bigger the better.  Especially if they can get in safely and  
 have at it.
 On May 22, 2011, at 4:22 PM, Natalie wrote:
 
  Any cardboard box is also great - let them destroy them, toss them,.  
  get
  them new ones...sprinkle catnip inside!
 
  -Original Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of MaiMaiPG
  Sent: Sunday, May 22, 2011 1:19 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
  Copper and Thomas like sheets (large) of Styrofoam..I have some on the
  floor from packaging and a couple of styrofoam insulation boards (8
  foot +) leaning against a wall in the garage.  A little messy but that
  is what vacs and brooms are for.
  On May 22, 2011, at 9:02 AM, Natalie wrote:
 
  I have known many people who used SoftPaws - it all depends on the
  cat and
  one's perseveranceno two cats are the same!
  The best thing to do is to trim the claws regularly and provide many
  scratching surfaces - some cats like vertical and others prefer
  horizontal.
  Cats usually like to scratch something after waking up and/or
  getting off
  the litter box, that's why it's a good idea to have those available
  near
  those sources.  If they pick on a corner of a sofa, cover with
  double-sided
  sticky tape and place a good scratch post next to it until the cat
  gets used
  to it.  Not all scratch posts are created equally!  Carpet covered
  ones send
  the wrong message to cats.vertical or horizontal.  The best ones
  are
  real wood, next best are covered with sisal twine woven material,
  and then
  just plain sisal rope.  In a multiple-cat household, the last is the
  least
  effective because those twines are scratched apart and have to be
  recovered
  (can be done!)  Using catnip on scratch posts to retrain is a good
  idea -
  and pulling a toy up the scratch post works really well!  Natalie
  -Original Message-
  From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
  [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Melinda  
  Kerr
  Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 11:38 PM
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
  Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few
  unfavorable
  reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.  My cats are
  starting
  to damage the persian rugs and leather carpet.  My husband is
  threatening
  bodily harm if they don't stop it!
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-22 Thread dlgegg
But all that time to crochet those afgans !  I am glad I have never had a 
problem with the sofa or chairs.

 MaiMaiPG maima...@gmail.com wrote: 
 Try lacy afghans/throws on the sofa.  My boys get their nails hung and  
 don't like them at all.
 On May 22, 2011, at 10:36 AM, Edna Taylor wrote:
 
 
  A frient of mine uses them and swears by them.  At our house we have  
  learned to never buy expensive rugs or leather furniture ;)   
  Besides, when we kick it, our family is just going to sell our cr*p  
  or put it to the curb.  We have resigned ourselves to the fact that  
  about every 2 years we have to go to Gallery Furniture and purchase  
  a new sofa :)
 
  To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
  From: msk...@me.com
  Date: Sun, 22 May 2011 03:38:09 +
  Subject: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws
 
  Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?  I have read a few  
  unfavorable reviews on Amazon.com, but even more favorable ones.   
  My cats are starting to damage the persian rugs and leather  
  carpet.  My husband is threatening bodily harm if they don't stop it!
 
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Re: [Felvtalk] Soft Paws

2011-05-21 Thread Beth Noren
Hi Melinda,
I tried them on back paws to try to prevent one with severe allergies
from scratching his head.  Didn't work.  He just chewed them off.
(he's on Cyclosporine now, which works wonders).  Haven't tried them
on front paws, perhaps they would chew less on those, or if you are
really dedicated about replacing them they may eventually get used to
them.  I think I would spend the money on adding more acceptable
places for them to scratch, and rewarding them with treats when they
do it...maybe also trim their nails and block the unnacceptable
scratching areas with less tempting surfaces, like tinfoil or scraps
of vinyl flooring, at least temporarily.  Maybe more high-up perching
places would decrease the amount of time they spend on the floor and
help a bit too?  Just brainstormin' :o)

Best of luck,
Beth N.

On Sat, May 21, 2011 at 11:38 PM, Melinda Kerr msk...@me.com wrote:
 Has anyone tried Soft Paws for their cats?...


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