I attempted to try using those nails caps for my cats nails because she never lets me cut her nails, so I was able to cut one nail (like the directions say to do before applying to nail cap) and then placed the nail cap on to her nail. I was only able to do that one time to one nail and the directions say they come off naturally around 6 weeks or so. The nail cap has been on for around 3 months and it is now growing into the padded part under her nail. I was able to trim it once a while ago but now it grew back and is scabbing over and bleeds sometimes. It is not going to come off by itself and now there is a sore and it is tender to touch because my cat really wont let me go near that nail. In general, I am able to touch and rub her paws and nails, but once she sees the nail clippers she is like a different cat- vicious and bites and hisses- much like her behavior at the vet's office. They can't even get her out of the carrier when we have regular annual check ups. She is extremely aggressive and vicious, so they would not be able to help me (I don't think) unless they put her under to cut the nail and cap off. BUT I really would prefer not to have to do that, however, I am not sure of any alternative options at this point. I have yet to speak to my vet's office about the situation. Do you have any ideas? She is 3.5 years old now and I did not get her declawed when I got her as a very young kitten, but despite it being inhumane, I really should have gotten it done because she does not retract her claws properly and even though she uses the scratching posts multiple times a day, her nails get caught on every thing! And sometimes she cries out for me to help her when she is stuck. And, she is extremely difficult to work with when I attempt to cut her nails, so I usually just try to do one or 2 at a time. They grow back so fast, though, so it is a terrible cycle... I spoke with 2 other vets about this particular situation with the nail cap and her nails in general and they both brought up laser declawing. do you think this is ok to do for an adult cat? I don't want her to develop any adverse behaviors due to the procedure.
Type of Animal: Cat
Name of Cat: Barney
Hi there,Glad to help today!While declawing is more commonly performed at a kitten age, a laser declaw is more accepted procedure as they age.Why?It can not only be a faster procedure, with less anesthesia, as well as less bleeding from the laser - BUT - since it kills the nerves that would cause pain, it is a MUCH easier procedure for them to recover from - often recovering in one night - even most commonly, walking the same day!
Emergency and Critical Care Specialist