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Office Hours:

Monday – Sunday
9:00am – 6:00pm

*The shelter is closed the 1st of every month. 


Viewing Hours:

Monday – Sunday
1:00pm – 6:00pm

*The shelter is closed on the 1st of every month.


What Are and Why Use Soft Paws?

  • Soft Paws are an excellent alternative to declawing. They are safe, humane, and can be used on cats of all ages. Soft Paws are vinyl nail caps that are glued to your cat’s existing nails.
  • Soft Paws will last about 4-6 weeks. They fall off with the natural growth of your cat’s nails.
  • Most cats adjust to the Soft Paws quickly, but some cats do require an adjustment period. We recommend feeding your cat their favorite food after applying each nail to build a positive association. Over time, your cat will become more used to wearing the nail caps.
  • To apply the nail caps, fill the nail cap with the provided adhesive and slide it over your cat’s claws. The glue dries almost instantly. For more detailed instructions, go to softpaws.com/application-instruction-for-cats/.
  • Soft Paws do not hurt the cat. If for some reason they are accidentally swallowed, they will just pass through the digestive system. The glue becomes chemically inactive after it dries.

We are happy to assist you and your feline friend by applying Soft Paws and of course teaching you how to do.  For a minimal fee to cover the cost of the Soft Paws and the time for a staff member to apply, we will glady apply these to your cat.  Call us at 262-782-9261 to schedule appointment for Soft Paw application for your favorite feline today!

Other Alternatives to Declawing

  • Provide scratching posts with sisal rope or carpet, corrugated cardboard, and logs that are the full height of your cat’s stretch
  • Train your cat to use the scratching posts
  • Keep nails trimmed

Facts About Declawing

  • Declawing is an amputation of each toe which is equivalent to cutting off each human finger at the last knuckle
  • Declawing is a major surgery that amputates the boney joints from which each claw grows
  • Declawing causes excruciating post surgery pain and possible life-long pain because cats are digitigrade, meaning they walk on their toes versus their feet like humans, so they are forced to walk on the amputation sites
  • Declawing changes the way a cat’s foot meets the ground, negatively affecting walking, running, climbing, springing, and standing
  • Medical or behavioral complications from declawing include:
    •  Infection
    • Tissue necrosis (tissue death)
    • Lameness
    • Back pain
    • Potential regrowth of improperly
    • Removed claws
    • Nerve damage
    • Bone spurs
    • Urinating or eliminating outside of the litterbox
    • Increased biting
    • Aggression due to pain