Has Anyone Used Cat Claw Protectors?

Has Anyone Used Cat Claw Protectors?
I have a cat that scratches his neck with his back claws. He is pretty self destructive in this manner. We have him wear a jumpsuit made for cats to help protect his back, as sometimes he has a tendency to scratch this open as well. The jumpsuit does not protect all of his neck, so we will often put a bandanna on him as well. But he is so smart, he has figured out how to slip out of this.

We thought about trying the soft nail caps, found on Amazon (https://www.amazon.com...words=cat+claw+protectors). However, we were uncertain how well they would work. I understand that they will fall off, but just wondered if anyone else has had experience with them? Do you think that this would be the way to go? Or do you have other suggestions on what to try? We have been to the vet for this already, but he continues to self destruct. He is very well taken care of and well loved, so that is not the issue and there are other cats in the house with him.


If you love your cat and want to protect him I would give the protectors a shot. They will help at least minimally to mitigate potential harm to him. I'd say just do what's best for your kitty and try them out. Who knows, maybe they will work out better than you expected.
Posted by ChelzBZD on 08-20-2017
You should probably look into why he's scratching so much instead of trying to stop him. If he's scratching himself bare then maybe you should have his claws removed. I do discourage claw removal if he's in an environment with other cats because he won't be able to defend himself but if it's getting infected and could cause further harm you should remove the claws and take him to a vet to see what all the scratching is about.
Posted by AlexHarris on 08-21-2017
Agreed. Instead of working on the consequence try working on the cause. As far as I'm concerned excessive scratching isn't a regular behavior for cats (Maybe for younger cats but certainly not for adult ones) You should look into the matter as you might be dealing with a case of flea infestation.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-21-2017
I'm hoping that there are practices that would help discourage pets from doing destructive behavior such as this. It would be fine if it was only about your cat ravaging your pillowcases but in this case it would be very difficult. Even if the worst comes, I would not suggest getting your cat declawed since it would be cruelty to the animal. I'm hoping that your cat gets accustomed to the soft nail clips and would stop scratching himself so much.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-21-2017
I don't think you have to protect the cat from scratching except it has a wound on it's neck, in which you want to prevent it from opening the wound,. but if there is no wound on it's neck allow it to scratch for Christ's sake, that's how they are wired, it's nature, i don't think you understand how natural instincts works. Take for example, there is no how you can take your life by holding breath, it's not possible because at the last minute your self instinct will kick in. that's how living things are wired. So allow the poor animal to scratch,if possible get him a Planck to scratch his back on instead of using the wall, that's what i do. But don't bother about the neck it wouldn't hurt itself, his instincts will always kick in. You can't tamper with nature
Posted by Authord on 08-21-2017
He does have a wound on his neck. If it is not covered with a bandanna, he scratches it raw. I am worried about it getting infected. I have no issues with him scratching, but it is getting to the point where if he continues to do it, then it will never get better. As I have stated, he is very self destructive.
Posted by angie828 on 08-21-2017
Better try it out to see if it fits your cat's preference. Claw protectors are a big of a help when it comes to your kitty's unstoppable scratching.
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-21-2017
There are so many reasons a cat may do this, from food allergies to mental disorders. If you have the means, get him allergy tested and be prepared to do some serious shopping for food. Shots are a last resort since they'll be steroids and kitties, like people, don't tolerate that well in the long term. It may be worth your while to have his claws professionally blunted on a regular basis. While I'm not a fan of it, if it comes down to it having him declawed is better than having him live out his life with a perpetual open wound that gets infected.
Posted by JaiGuru on 08-21-2017
Never used them. In the hope that they may not be much comfortable to the cat. Also the cat we have seems to be doing good. They have claw manager there as well. That being said it would be something to consider as well. I am planning to make sure that the cat claw protectors get in our town and maybe we can use them as well.
Posted by overcast on 08-21-2017
I have never heard of them or knew that they existed. But you mentioned that you went to the vet? What exactly did he say? He had to give you some sort of options or ideas on how to proceed... you can try these cat claw protectors since they aren't too expensive and see if they work. However, you should still try and look for the real reason as to why he's doing this. He isn't doing it just for ''fun''. Did you think if he can be allergic to something that you have in the house? Cats usually scratch themselves till they bleed... mine did it until we found out that one of the sheep covers gave her allergy.
Posted by Mehano on 08-21-2017
As other people stated, you should probably first focus on finding out what's causing the problem, than just buying something that's not meant to be there in the first place. I haven't really tried them, however it wouldn't hurt to check up every aspect of your pet and see how it's doing, if in the end the solution has to do with the protectors, then sure why not.
Posted by manmad on 08-21-2017
I'm having a tough time figuring out what your exact problem is here. Is your cat scratching himself so much that he's creating sores or open wounds on his neck and back? If that is the case, claw protectors, a jumpsuit and bandanna are not at all the right way to be going, you should be taking your cat to the vet to see why he's being so bothered and scratching so much.

Is your cat current on their flea medication? Run a flea comb through your cat's fur to see if he's housing some fleas currently as well, which is what could be leading to him scratching so much.
Posted by TheArticulate on 08-21-2017
Yes this is unusual for cats to scratch themselves to that point. My mom has several cats and even when they are playing with each other they don't scratch that ferociously. Check for underlying issues and work your way from the probable prime cause to the least cause. Cats can be very sensitive and temperamental as well so if there is something annoying them they will make that known in one way or the other.
Posted by Joteque on 08-21-2017
I have two cats but I never had such problems. I think you must take your cat to another vet just to have a second opinion. Maybe you can try to check his neck and see if something is bothering him. You also stated that you tried many other things to prevent him from scratching but yet he didn't stop. You can definitely try to use cat claw protectors and see if it makes any difference.
Posted by Pixie on 08-21-2017
rose thornes
Cats always will scratch their neck but if they already hurting themselves its better to bring them to vet and have them check. There might be something in their neck that they want to scratch it. It won't also hurt if you want to try this claw protectors if it is for his own protection.
Posted by rose thornes on 08-21-2017
I have a friend that has a cat and she always complains because her cat hurts her sometimes or destroys her couch and pillows. Those protectors seem very helpful for her cat. I'm going to tell her, she might be interested in this and buy one for her cat.
Posted by cubo on 08-21-2017
I actually have never used these, but, if my cat, Dorian, needed them, I suppose i would purchase them. I don't mind getting a scratch now and then playing with him. He is still in the kitten phase, and he isn't fixed yet, so he is a bit aggressive. However, I guess I would invest in these if he had a compulsive self-scratching issue. Still, something about this claw protector thing seems unnatural to me. I've been living around or with cats for over thirty years, and this issue has never been a prominent one.
Posted by JoeMilford on 08-21-2017
I love cats, and I have one with me. And I find it hard sometimes to play with him considering that he might scratch me anytime, so I would definitely have myself purchase this for my cat. This cat claw protector sounds dependable and useful too.
Posted by DanoCath on 08-21-2017
I've never used these on my cats, but they look like wearing it could make them feel uncomfortable. Claws are everything for them and if this is a cat that goes out from time to time or often, its life could depend on its claws, to climb a tree or defend itself from a violent dog. I think you should try to find out why he's doing this, maybe something bothers him on his back and that's why he scratches it often.
Posted by felabruno on 08-21-2017
That's a very strange behavior, I think it's the first time I hear of a cat scratching himself, especially in the neck area. You should try these protectors to protect his skin, but in the end you should take him to the vet because he might have something. Cats usually never scratch themselves, could be an infection, you never know.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-21-2017
What did the vet tell you? This behavior seems very unnatural for a cat, I don't really understand why it would do that. Instead of looking for protectors, jumpsuits and things like these, you should first understand what is causing something like this, because if you just restrict the cat he might get aggressive and have other problems. If he's scratching his neck, there's something that makes it itch.
Posted by Tania997 on 08-21-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Well, to begin, I've not a fan of declawing cats. So personally, I like the idea of claw protectors. Though I don't think my cat would (lol). Honestly, as long as you're a responsible pet owner who takes the cat to the vet periodically for nail trimming, this shouldn't be a problem.

Regarding your pet, it doesn't sound natural with his neck scratching to this degree. I highly recommend you taking him/her to the vet for a check up. There may be a chance it has a parasite or bacteria under it's skin.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-21-2017
They don't work, I put them on my cat and he chewed them off in 5 seconds. The best thing to do is keep their nails clipped and train them to scratch on a scratching post. Nail clippers are cheap and your vet can show you the safe way to keep them clipped and when you keep the clipped they will scratch less.

P.S. if you buy a scratching post don't give up and reward them with a "good kitty" every time they scratch on it and before you know it they will only scratch on the scratching post.
Posted by Soulwatcher on 08-22-2017
I've never tried claw protectors and I don't think I really ever would. I often just sit and stare at my cat as she's playing or running around, and I notice just how much she constantly utilizes her claws. I feel like if I took them away from her it would be inhumane, like taking away a person's fingers. If a cat is being self destructive from excess scratching, I feel like claw protectors is just ignoring an underlying issue. Perhaps the aggressive scratching is due to a condition that needs to be treated. A vet trip would be better.
Posted by Denis_P on 08-23-2017
Yes, I would agree to look into what is causing the scratching. I know for awhile, a friend's dog was bringing fleas into the house, and they got on my cat who went crazy scratching. He did scratch a wound in his neck, but I think we put a collar or something on it so he could not continue to scratch. We eventually got rid of all the fleas. Thankfully, and his fur grew back.
Posted by kgord on 09-03-2017
My uncle have a cat and I don't think he would ever use those, or even declaw his cat: declawing is cruel and the cat will just suffer, while those protectors just look annoying for the cat. I know they can save your furniture (and maybe your face if your cat have that kind of behavior) but I just don't see him use them in any reason... And I won't use them either, probably! I feel like it's the feline equivalent of the muzzle, and I hate muzzles!
Posted by Xilkozuf on 09-09-2017
I have owned cats. However, I never used claw protectors or declawed by a cat. If your cat is self-destructive (makes wounds by scratching), then it is better to declaw instead of spending money on claw protectors.
Posted by vinaya on 09-19-2017
For me, it’s not actually the expense that is involved in the cat claw protector but the inconvenience to the cat. We have dogs at home and it is cute for them to wear clothes but we only dress them up on occasions and when the weather is cool. We live in a tropical country and I don’t want to inconvenience the dogs by the hot weather when they are wearing clothes.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-07-2018
My grandmom used to have a cat, I don't know if the cat is still around anyway, and I never saw her suing any of those kinds of stuff on the cat fro I find such things not good for the health of the cat. I mean why should one try to inhibit the natural movements of an animal which we all know ain't as stressful to us like the other animals we have out there.
Posted by Barida on 09-22-2017
I have not really used a cat claw protectors but i will advise you to consult with reputable veterinary doctors to give you expert advise on the best way to protect the cats.
Posted by babyright on 10-04-2017
Beverly, where are you? This is your kind of thread that you would love so much as you are the best cat person that I know. I am quite surprised that you are yet to drop your comment on this.

Well cat claw protector, I don't fancy cats. I'm into dog and they don't scratch, even if they do it's not on the same level as cats. My dog Billy is such a lovely fellow and he is always well behaved because I discipline him very well whenever he mess up.
Posted by Heatman on 10-07-2017
What exactly did the vet say? Did he/she use any apparatus to find out if it's something more complicated than a self-destructing habit? Animals are mostly acting on instinct and the desire to scratch the neck could be due to some lumps or abnormal growth that the cat can feel growing. I would look into that as well. Meantime, those cat claws protectors can probably help ease the damage.
Posted by chatbox on 12-27-2017
Hello! Are we really talking about a product like this? How on earth did you find such? Do they even make things of this nature? Am all jaws dropped right now.

This is obviously the first time am hearing of protective cat claws. As strange and weird as this product, I think it's actually a good product. A lot of cat lovers and owners looking to stop issues like that of your cat will surely love this product.
Posted by Rumu on 12-28-2017
I haven’t used them before so I can’t comment on their effectiveness but as others have said I do wonder if the cats behavior is a sign of an underlying issue. It’s probably more important to address that before trying to “band aid” fix anything.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-16-2018