Kirara reporting: we agree with the British Veterinary Assoication. 😻
British Veterinary Association senior vice president Sean Wensley said: ‘Our pets are not fashion accessories.
Not only can nail varnishes, and the adhesives used for sticking claw covers, potentially be toxic for cats and dogs, but claw covers prevent cats from retracting their claws, which can be distressing and painful.
‘Scratching is a normal and necessary part of a cat’s behaviour. Pet owners worried about their cat scratching household furniture should provide alternatives, such as scratching posts. If you’re struggling with your cat’s behaviour, speak to your vet.’
Most cats have five claws on their front paws and four or five on their rear paws. The fifth front claw is the thumb-like dewclaw, which helps provide better grip while climbing. Cats scratch hard surfaces to sharpen their claws and to leave a scent.
The RSPCA said: ‘While we often enjoy painting our nails and wearing jewels, dogs and cats don’t understand what is happening and may find this distressing.’
But the UK distributor of one of the leading brands of nail caps, Soft Claws, said the covers – which cost £22.95 for a set of 14 plus adhesive – are a good solution for cat owners whose animals have a serious problem with scratching.
Simon To, chief executive of Soft Claws UK, said: ‘Soft Claws are completely safe.’ The covers prevent children and the elderly being scratched, he said, and are recommended for indoor cats only – and not as a fashion accessory.
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