Alyson Hannigan Gives a Cat Tip! Soft Claws for Cats

by on Monday, July 27th, 2009
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Alyson Hannigan's cat. "Here is the tail eater!"

Alyson Hannigan's cat. "Here is the tail eater!" From Hannigan's @alydenisof

Alyson Hannigan (Buffy, How I Met Your Mother) has a Twitter account, and I’m so glad she does because she is one of the sweetest celebrities EVER. She was recently talking about Halloween and tweeted, “My cat is making it hard to decorate for Halloween. She is eating the tails off paper rats. It’s like she alyson hanniganKNOWS they are rats!!!” Adorable! And she then posted a picture of her cat, which shows the black rats that she was putting on her steps. I love those Halloween decorations, and I love the look of her cat. But the thing people really noticed about this picture was the PINK NAILS on her cat!

Breaking story update: Photographic proof of Shopcat licking her scratch box instead of  actually scratching at it.

Quickly clearing up the scandalous rumors about her cat, she said: “Yes, her nails are Pink. Not paint, Soft Claws. They keep her from destroying the furniture!” And wow. I didn’t know they made those. I have a cat and she has all of her claws (every cat I’ve had before has always not had front claws – until I heard how horrible it is for them to be removed). I’ve tried trimming her nails, but she then just gets more deliberate about sharpening them on furniture. And that? That’s bad. She’s even ripped an entire curtain in half! (Luckily it was an old curtain I didn’t care about). But I really like the idea of these soft claw things. Because eventually she’s going to start ruining

Alyson Hannigan, hubby Alexis Denisof, and their baby Satyana

Alyson Hannigan, hubby Alexis Denisof, and their baby Satyana

things that aren’t old, and that I really care about. I thought I had it easy when my dog didn’t like chewing my shoes – but maybe the cat will want to shred them. Yipes!

I’ve heard of Soft Claws before once in passing, but never gave them much thought. But if “Willow Rosenberg” uses them and likes them, I think it’s time to look at them again. The website for Soft Claws says they were, “Developed by a veterinarian, Soft Claws® are vinyl nail caps that glue on to your cat’s claws. It covers the claw tips so no damage occurs when your cat scratches.”

There’s lots of sizes available, which is good although I’m not sure how you decide what size nails your cat has (oh, there’s a cat claw chart)!

You DO get to pick out what color you want, which is fun. I think for my gray cat I’d pick the blue and pink combo pack because I like both of those colors. It’s kind of hilarious that they even have specific color schemes like “Touch of Fall Combo”, “Candy Corn Combo Pack”, and “Surfer Combo Pack” – although maybe the candy corn one would have been cute for Halloween. Who says cat’s can be stylish?

soft clawsA package of Soft Claws has 40 nail caps, 2 tubes of adhesive (yikes – that could get messy), applicator tips and instructions. One of those packages supposedly has enough for 4 applications on the cats front paws – and each application lasts between 4-6 weeks. Yadda, yadda math says each package could last between 4-6 months. But how do you know when the claw is ready to come off, do you just take it off or let it fall off and then your cat has free range to destroy something before you realize it? And will these just fall off anywhere, making messes? I don’t know.The good thing is that the kit is under $20, not way expensive like I thought it might be.

I want to emphasize that I have never tried these so I have no clue how well they might work, and I’m writing this of my own decision not getting paid by the company to mention them. If they want to send some to me for my cat, they should go ahead! But then I will disclose  to you guys that they did that, like any review on

Here's my kitty!

Here's my kitty!

If you’re looking for a way to keep your cat from scratching your furniture, this seems like a good option. Mew, mew!

Photos of cats wearing Soft Claws

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