Cat owners are blasted for 'cruel' stick-on claw covers 

They are the latest trend for cats and dogs – stick-on ‘nails’ that make it look like they have had their claws painted.

But the growing popularity of the plastic covers has triggered something of a catfight.

Pictures of cat owners posing with nails matching those of their pet have become commonplace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

However, a leading animal welfare charity claimed yesterday that the claw covers are cruel and suggested they are being used to turn pets into .  

The growing popularity of the plastic covers has triggered something of a catfight

The growing popularity of the plastic covers has triggered something of a catfight

They are the latest trend for cats and dogs ¿ stick-on covers that make it look like they have had their claws painted

They are the latest trend for cats and dogs – stick-on covers that make it look like they have had their claws painted

Pictures of cat owners posing with nails matching those of their pet have become commonplace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Pictures of cat owners posing with nails matching those of their pet have become commonplace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

It said that they stop cats carrying out their natural behaviour, such as scratching. 

Vets also criticised the trend. 

But one of the firms that sells the claw covers rejected the accusations – as did several pet owners.

They say that far from being cruel, the plastic covers stop a cat shredding furniture and scratching their owners’ arms and legs. 

They also stop cats harming themselves by scratching excessively, manufacturers say.

The row began when Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in South London rescued a five-year-old black and white tabby, Christina, who was brought in with red claw covers.

It said the trend was alarming, adding: ‘Whereas painting your own talons might be a fun statement, the same can’t be said for dogs or cats. This could potentially cause more harm than good to pets.’ Vets removed them under anaesthetic and Christina has since been rehomed. 

'But our pets love wearing them!' 

Because her last cat was run over, Hilary Leighter has decided to keep two-year-old Bertie indoors.

She fitted Soft Claws to the British short hair to stop him scratching.

‘He was destroying everything in the house and I was in despair,’ said Miss Leighter, 60, from Ruislip, West London. 

‘I didn’t do it as a thing, but an “I don’t want the cat to destroy the house thing”. He’s quite happy when we put them on, if he didn’t like them, he’d resist.’

Because her last cat was run over, Hilary Leighter has decided to keep two-year-old Bertie indoors

She fitted Soft Claws to the British short hair to stop him scratching

Because her last cat was run over, Hilary Leighter has decided to keep two-year-old Bertie indoors, and has fitted him

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV As Hurricane Irma approaches, some South Florida theme parks stay open, others ...
NEXT One in three nurseries could shut in a year