Problems with Soft Paws/clawing
I adopted my 4 year old Applehead Siamese, Lily, about two months ago. She's been an absolute dream. Affectionate, playful, friendly with everyone, and oh so communicative.
She was not declawed when I adopted her, and I have no intentions of putting her through that. She doesn't really scratch destructively. She just stretches and digs her claws into the furniture, picks at the carpet, my new bedspread, etc. I've provided her with scratching posts, which she happily uses, but that doesn't keep her from stretching and digging into the sofa, chair, carpet, etc.
I decided to go the route of Soft Paws, which are little plastic sheaths (vet developed and totally safe) that fit over her claws. Trimming her claws and applying the Soft Paws was no problem, it's getting her to KEEP them on that's the problem!
Everything I had read about the product before ordering said that cats generally tolerate them well and don't even realize they're wearing them. I have a few friends who have tried the product as well, and they said that getting them on was the problem, and once they were on, the cats pretty much forgot they were there.
Not Lily! She immediately starts licking and grooming them after I apply them, which is to be expected I guess.. but then she starts trying to yank them off with her teeth!(With great precision, might I add.) I try to hold her in my lap and give the adhesive time to dry so she can't yank them off so easily, but nothing seems to work. I put ten on her, she gets on my lap two hours later, and six are gone. By the next day I find the rest of them randomly laying in the floor all over my apartment, lol.
Any suggestions on how to get her to NOT yank them off? I've tried distracting her when I catch her in the act, but that doesn't stop her for long. I'm not really wanting to use the citrus sprays on areas I don't want her, because I don't want her to find the scent offensive and then start peeing on it.
Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated! Thanks everyone! :)