The Kelleys grew by one recently. If you follow this blog, you probably know the story of Casey. If you don’t, here’s the quick version. Over a year ago, Charlie Kelley (AKA the cat whisperer) began making a connection with a feral cat that showed up at our house. He named him Casey. It took a long while, but Casey finally came around to the idea of being touched, being held, and finally being loved and coming inside to Charlie’s studio. Fast forward a year and a half and Casey is now an inside cat–sharing the house with three dogs. Naturally, they had to get use to each other. The dogs were wondering why the cat that they chased outside was now inside and Casey was naturally swatting at them and seeking out alternative routes in the house to evade the stalkers! Well, cat’s claws and dogs with big bulgy eyes don’t mix, so we were concerned about that. A scratch on the eye is not only painful and problematic for the dogs, but trips to the doggy ophthalmologist are not fun for them and can be very expensive. We didn’t want to declaw Casey because that seemed inhuman for an older cat, so that wasn’t an option for us, but we found a solution that I had to share because it is a lifesaver and only costs about $12!!
My friend and former co-worker at WSM, Samantha Rochford first told me about these little fake nails for cats that cover their sharp claws with soft, blunt-end tips. Another friend and fellow WSMer and all-animal rescuer Devon O’day chimed in to say that they worked. So off we went to Sally’s for fake cat nails! No, just kidding. Off we went to Pet Smart for fake cat nails. Charlie picked them out, brought ’em home, and we set about getting Casey outfitted with some beautiful lime green blunt-end nontoxic vinyl resin nails.
Here’s the scoop on the Kitty Caps. They ‘re basically little tips that you place over your cat’s claws, held in place by glue and they fall off as your cat’s nails grow. It doesn’t bother the cat’s extending and retracting his claws at all.
When I tell you that Casey, the former feral who hissed and ran away if you looked at him funny, didn’t budge, fuss, whimper, or squirm when we put them on him, I’m telling you the truth!! I was completely impressed, shocked, and happy. Casey loves to be carried around on his back in the crook of your arm, so we just flipped him over on his back and put him into his baby position, trimmed his nails as the package said, and put on his exotic new nail coverings. I held him for few minutes afterward (which he, of course, has no problem with) to let the glue set up and then he was off. An added benefit to his now dog-friendly claws is that he’s not snagging or scratching the furniture or the upholstery. Charlie says they help the “Casey-co-engineering-from-the-shoulder-perch” studio sessions be less painful.
Now, all this is great as long as you having a willing participant. Casey is a tender-hearted little fella and craves loving attention all the time, so he makes it easy for us. If you have a more independent cat, these might be more of a challenge to apply. But if you have a cat and want to protect your dog’s eyes, your furniture, or heck, even yourself when your kitty is sitting in your lap and “making biscuits”, these might be worth checking out. Kitty Caps come in 4 different sizes and different colors, too. I think there might be some other brands out there, but we haven’t tried them because Kitty Caps seem to be doing the trick. They can last up to 4 to 6 weeks. Casey loses a few every now and then, but we just pop another one on! A small price to pay for saving pup’s eyes (and furniture, too) and Super Caz looks cool in his glam nails!