The misuse of claw covers

I would like to raise concerns on behalf of Cats Protection about the increased use of claw covers for cats.

Saturday, 4th November 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 3:44 am

This trend, which involves gluing a cover onto each claw, prevents cats from expressing natural behaviour, including claw retraction, scratching objects and leaving comforting visual marks and scent signals.

Not allowing a cat to exhibit normal behaviour may lead to behavioural problems and place a cat at risk by reducing its natural defences. This could mean the owner is failing its welfare needs and could be prosecuted. Should the claw covers harm the cat, they may have also committed the offence of causing ‘unnecessary suffering’.

The only situation in which it would be appropriate to fit plastic caps to a cat’s claws is short-term for diagnosed medical or behavioural problems while the underlying condition is being addressed.

Cats are sentient animals, not fashion accessories.

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Vanessa Howie

Cats Protection’s Clinical Veterinary Officer