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Tripper

Typical- Troublemaking- Kitten
 
 
Purred: Sat Sep 5, '09 5:05pm PST 
Hi there.

I didn't do a search about this, simply because I'm not looking for a question of whether or not they're worth it or they'll work.

(I know they will. And if they don't, I'll fine-tune how I apply them until they do work, because I refuse to declaw my cats now that I know what the surgery actually is.)

Anyways, I got these Soft Paws claw caps.

My kitten, Tripper, has an avid love of using our $750.00 [apiece] speakers as her cat-scratching posts. (Ignoring the ones we have for her, of course.) We CANNOT have her do this - she has already completely demolished a speaker - that's a several-hundred-dollar loss. Not gonna happen again.

We trim her claws, yes. So I did this as I normally would have, and go to put on the caps (I've trimmed them to size since the kitten caps are still too big). I open the glue container, trim the end, and squeeze. And squeeze. And squeeze. And nothing comes out. So I squeeze harder, thinking maybe it's just really sticky glue (it's for kittens, after all - and we all know how kittens are). I break the glue container. It's dried up - or maybe there was no glue in it. Whatever. So I go to the other glue tube. I don't even bother trimming the end and instead unscrew the larger opening on the other end to see if it's even worth the energy. Nope. All dried up.

I think, "Okay? Why not, I'll be using these for the next decade or two..." and go buy another set.

The glue tube in this set... broken - glue over EVERYTHING in the container. Couldn't see that from the outside! Thank GOD the caps are in a little baggie. So I grab the other tube from this set. This one has stuff in it. I'm not sure if it's dry or what, but when I squeezed NOTHING came out. Considering this is the last one out of four... I'm thinking maybe this is user error.

Is there a trick to getting this glue out of the tube? I've cut the end. I've poked pins in to make sure the opening is big enough. What am I doing wrong? Or is this a known problem - Soft Paws glue being dried up/all over? ...and if there's no solution, is there a cat-safe alternative glue to use for this?

I've called Soft Paws. Twice. I have been supposed to get a "call back" TWICE. Obviously, that's yet to happen. So don't tell me to call them. I even offered to just buy glue. I was told, "Customer Care will be able to further assist you with this and they'll get in touch with you within the next three days." Pfft.

PS: My fiance thanks you for saving his four-thousand-plus dollar investment.
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Bumpurr

RESPECT The- Star!
 
 
Purred: Sun Sep 6, '09 5:21am PST 
I am thinking, there is a defect, in the glue, and, you should be getting your money back. I would take them back to the store, if its petsmart, you got a pretty good chance. big grin

Next, since you got nowhere with Customer Service, the next step is to go to Corp, or the person or organization, that owns this Company. In this case, it is Schelling Veterinary Services in Three Rivers CA.

(559) 561-1801
39685 Sierra Dr
Three Rivers, CA

http://www.softpaws.com/contact.html

I know they do work, we had one cat on the circuit that used them. Altho, they are technically not allowed, the judge asked her why she used them. The lady said she was a diabetic and could not afford to get scratched, she was also in a wheelchair, and a brace on her neck. What judge is gonna dismiss her cat with that? The cat had a different color on for each show.

It is good you clip her claws, but you can also get her a scratching post and teach her to use it. I also read, that they scratch, not only to sharpen their claws, but also to mark their territory, and that you have to use something, will give you the link, to get the smell off of it, or they will continue to use it.

They also have products, that you can use to discourage scratching certain items.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=1+2174&aid=166

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/pet_supplies.cfm?c=3261+2083 1

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/pet_supplies.cfm?c=3261+1 894

Hope this helps and best of luck with Dr Schelling. big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin
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Tripper

Typical- Troublemaking- Kitten
 
 
Purred: Sun Sep 6, '09 6:35am PST 
I'll definitely use that contact information. Thanks!

We've tried almost everything to get Tripper to leave these speakers alone.
1.) Spraying with water whenever she's scratching on it or as she's stretching up onto it.
2.) Using a citrus spray around the speaker (since it's a high-end electronic we are wary of spraying anything directly on it).
3.) Using a "no-scratch" spray very lightly on the speaker (this was on the first one - it faded the cloth of the speaker AND the cat ignored it and continued her ways until the speaker was completely shot).
4.) Putting aluminum foil on the speaker (which defeats the speaker, by the way, since the speakers are actually in the SIDES, where she scratches). Tripper thought this was amazing - and proceeded to scratch the aluminum foil to beautiful shreds, then eat it.
5.) Putting clear plastic on the speakers. This she got her nails nicely in, then tore down, only to continue scratching on the speaker.
6.) Moving the speaker and putting the post there. Trip just ignored it, and walked over to where we put the speaker and started scratching on it THERE.
7.) Putting catnip spray all over the scratching posts. She doesn't care about the spray. Looooooves the speakers.
8.) Buying more, and multiple types of, cat scratching posts. We have tall ones, short ones, square ones, circle ones, the wavey "magic carpet" one. Carpet, rope, cardboard, straight wood, suede... Trip ignores them ALL.

When she's anywhere near her posts, we praise her. When she puts her paws on the "magic carpet" post, (not claws) we give her praise and lovin'. ButTripper won't EVER let loose those claws on the posts. Just the speakers. That's the ONLY thing she scratches on. And it's the ONLY item we'd be upset about.

Just our luck, right?
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Bumpurr

RESPECT The- Star!
 
 
Purred: Sun Sep 6, '09 11:32am PST 
You could try this, its kind of extreme, but it might work. Was looking for something and came across this site, and we do use vinegar, diluted with water, to rinse our show cats, and that one, does work. It says you can use vinegar to deter cats, I just copied and pasted the article:


Eight smart uses for vinegar
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Now that you know ketchup can be used for shining copper and repairing hair, or that vodka can be used to repel insects and freshen laundry, you may have been wondering what tasks you can get done for cheap with other household items.

Since May is National Vinegar Month (did you forget?), we thought we'd take a closer look at this inexpensive, versatile good.

According to the Vinegar Institute, the useful stuff was probably discovered by accident (most wine drinkers know what happens when you leave a bottle sitting around too long). In fact the word vinegar comes from a French translation for "sour wine."

Over the centuries vinegar has been produced from many stocks, including molasses, dates, sorghum, fruits, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, grains, and more. But the principle is the same: You get acetic acid (a.k.a. vinegar) after first fermenting natural sugars to alcohol, and then fermenting again.

As Michael de Jong, The Daily Green's Zen Cleaner and author of the Clean series of books, points out, vinegar has been pressed into service for many uses over the centuries. It has been prized as a foodstuff, condiment, preservative, and natural remedy.

What's so great about vinegar? Besides being effective, vinegar is cheap and widely available. It is nontoxic and lasts for a very long time without losing strength. It does not pollute land, air, or water, and it doesn't combust. It's much safer to have under your sink than bleach, ammonia, or other toxic cleaning products. Many folks also swear by the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

In the spirit of green cleaning, green thrift, and green creativity, we put together this list of alternative uses for vinegar. Add your own in the comments!

Cure hiccups
Some have said they were able to cure pesky hiccups instantly by swallowing a teaspoon of vinegar. Most folks use white vinegar, but people have also reported success with apple cider, balsamic, and rice varieties. So you have a few options as far as taste and aroma. Hey, if the Roman legions drank it, it must be good for you, right?



Fight cramps
If you often get foot or leg cramps in the middle of the night, you may want to try boosting your potassium levels. There are a number of great superfoods rich in potassium (way beyond bananas). Some folks have also suggested trying this remedy: Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey, and a cup of hot water. Then drink before bed. Yummy!



Break bad bonds
Having trouble getting that annoying sticky label residue off a product? Or accidentally glue something together? Vinegar can be used as a solvent to dissolve many common adhesives. Vinegar is also good at cutting grease.



Deter cats
We love cats (even LOLcats!). But sometimes you don't want them doing their business in the kids' sandbox or in your flower bed. According to HomeEnvy, a simple solution is to pour vinegar around the edges of the area you want to protect every few months.



Wash produce
According to the green team at Ideal Bite, vinegar can help remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and veggies. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle. Then rinse with water. The site claims this wash kills 98% of bacteria on produce.



Clean windows
Instead of spending money on window cleaning chemicals -- especially ones that include toxic or potentially toxic chemicals -- make your own! Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on, then scrub with newspaper, not paper towels, which cause streaking.




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Get spring-fresh laundry
Got grass stains? No problemo, says Michael de Jong. Make a mixture of one-third cup white vinegar and two-thirds cup water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you've removed as much green as possible, and then launder as usual.

When your big washing day comes around, toss in a capful of white vinegar. Your colors will come out bolder and your whites whiter. If you've recently had an encounter with a skunk, it will take more than a capful.

After washing, get a sharper crease in pants by dipping the cloth in a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water. Then wring out the cloth and press the creases. Now you look like Dilbert!



Clean carpets
According to this The Daily Green community member: "Spots in carpets often remove with a simple dilution of one part vinegar, one-sixteenth part lemon juice, and eight parts distilled water."

Thanks for the tip!



For more vinegar tips watch the Zen Cleaner, and check out Michael de Jong's Clean series of books.

How do you use vinegar?



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Posted by strangech1ck Tue May 19, 2009 1:33pm PDT
Grammie taught me this trick: Half cup of white vinegar in the wash cycle prevents static cling. You don't need to use dryer sheets or fabric softener (didn't have that back in her day). And no your clothes don't smell like vinegar, silly!
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Posted by Dan J Sat May 23, 2009 1:41pm PDT
May is also National Egg Month
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Posted by fourbob2000 Sat May 23, 2009 1:47pm PDT
When I was in the US Navy, we would use vinegar to remove rust on deck plates in the engine room
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Posted by adam Sat May 23, 2009 1:47pm PDT
a swig of vinegar will cure your heartburn or indigestion within 5 minutes !
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Posted by Aubrey Sat May 23, 2009 1:48pm PDT
1 gallon of vinager mixed with 2 teaspoons of dish soap will kill weeds and other plants.
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Posted by Siena Sat May 23, 2009 1:48pm PDT
cool ill have to try it for hiccups!!! haha
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Posted by old man Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
I use apple cider vinegar for my allegerys I take A tablespoon full just before bed.It keeps my head open.
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Posted by PLC Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
1 Tablespoon of vinegar mixed with 6oz of water helps bring blood sugar down too!
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Posted by gumjd0a Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
I can't believe they didn't list the sunburn cure!! After a long day in the sun and you realize you should have either worn a shirt, or applied stronger sunblock, you already know the next 4 days will be filled with uncomfortable situations as you attempt to get comfortable sitting, sleeping, and even walking. Take some white-distilled vinegar into the shower with you and pour it onto your sunburn. It will eliminate the "sting" and will help you deal with the sunburn. IT WILL NOT CURE THE SUNBURN (THAT TAKES TIME), but it will get rid of the irritability of your skin and all for a lousy dollar at most at the store!! Try it!
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Posted by Crystal Sat May 23, 2009 1:49pm PDT
Vinegar is also good for cleaning out coffee pots! Also it takes the sting out of a sunburn if you pour on a wash cloth and blot on the area. I recommend usng the apple cider vinegar because the smell isn't so strong. smile
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Posted by Holly Havoc Sat May 23, 2009 1hi51pm PDT
Vinegar is useful if you are suspecting the onset of toenail fungus. Soak feet in it daily (or nightly). Recommended by my professor of health, as this was a subject we were recently discussing in class.
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Posted by Liz Sat May 23, 2009 1hi52pm PDT
Vinegar is also a good deodorizer leaving behind just clean air and nothing perfumed or covering other smells. I use it to clean the kitchen and the litter box keeping the house smelling great.
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Posted by onmyownpat Sat May 23, 2009 1hi52pm PDT
Any way to get rid of knats?
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Posted by Future Pet Vet Sat May 23, 2009 1hi53pm PDT
These are really helpful. This may sound weird to some people, but vinegar also helps when giving a cat a bath. It makes their hair really soft, clean, and fluffy. I use about 1/3 a cup for a gallon of water.
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Posted by Jim Sat May 23, 2009 1hi53pm PDT
My mother always treated our sunburns with apple cider vinegar-it took the sting out and converted it to a tan faster. I heard it was the tannic acid.
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Tripper

Typical- Troublemaking- Kitten
 
 
Purred: Sun Sep 6, '09 7:23pm PST 
This just might work.

The girls (Cricket and Trip) used my old papasan chair as their pee-zone when we first got into the apartment. (If you look at Tripper's pictures, you'll see a photo of when I threw the papasan chair out. Pfft.) We didn't notice it right away (we were in a move), but about two weeks after moving it I went into the office area and was completely floored by the smell of urine. Traced it to the cushion - it had been so drenched in urine that it dripped onto the carpet. I read online that using vinegar to clean up the urine will keep the cat from urinating there again (since where they pee once, they're more likely to pee again). I threw the cushion out, got a new one. And scrubbed the heck out of the floor with 1 part vinegar, 1 part water - and a scrub brush. The cats haven't touched that corner yet! (And it's been two weeks .) (It's also been two weeks of lingering vinegar smell. Yay.)

This just may work! Thanks for the idea!
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Salem- Spookypants

Being a Black- Cat is Where- it's At!
 
 
Purred: Thu Dec 31, '09 10:53pm PST 
I think your glue must have just been a bad batch or something like that. I hope you got your money back! I've been using soft paws for a year and a half and have never had any problems with the glue but I have read about similar problems on other forums. Good luck with the training!

So far we've used orange, blue, purple, red, and red/green caps and my cat Salem Spookypants doesn't mind them at all anymore. They do take patience and I've found that it's better to fill the caps more than recommended and to hold/watch the cat for at least 10 minutes to let the glue set thoroughly.
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Preston

I can haz fries?
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 4, '10 9:14am PST 
So, to tackle the issue of SoftPaws caps..I didn't have any issues with the glue, however, I do know if you purchased from Petsmart, Petco, or even Target, they will take them back or replace the item (with receipt). These didn't work for Preston since he is wonderful kitty that he is (he spends hours ripping them off with his teeth...even after the glue is all dry). I would go to the store and let them know you've tried speaking with the company and have gotten no where.

As for the speaker issue, my suggestion would be this...seeming as Trip likes the speaker material sooooo very much... Maybe get onto Craigslist or Freecycle and find a cheap speaker she can have to scratch on. Preston attacks my couches (which were second hand and beat up anyway..) but leaves my fiancee's couches alone. He has a scratch post also, but pretty much prefers the couch if I'd let him. He's been taking to scratching on my niece's pack'n'play as well, which, he's been wanting to sleep in...I just pack that away when she isn't visiting and shut the door to the room its in when she is. If you do go the scratchable speaker route, spray that one with attractant (they make other ones besides cat nip) and praise her for using it. Cat nip doesn't always work well on female cats since the thing that attracts cats to it anyway is that it smells like an enzyme in the urine of female cats. Something my vet shared with me. Who knew! Anyway, hope this helps...I feel your pain with the speakers, my fiancee has a whole set-up that is work a couple fortunes. lol.
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Matty

Rescue cats- rule!
 
 
Purred: Mon Jan 4, '10 1:15pm PST 
Best of luck in getting a replacement and/or your $ back!!

We tried those caps with my ex's cat Charles B. when he was destroying anything soft in the house. He eventually managed a way to chew all of them off and expose his nasty little claws again in very short order!

My experience aside, I have heard success stories from people using that product, so best of luck and keep us posted!

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Missy

I'm just- full-figured!
 
 
Purred: Wed Jan 13, '10 5:28pm PST 
My Meowmy ended up buying individual size super glue and when she comes across one of the glue tubes that she can't get to work, she substitutes. Not sure if it's any different, just use a little less and it seems to do the trick...
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Maizy

I may meow to- you if you're- worthy
 
 
Purred: Sat Jan 16, '10 7:50pm PST 
I used them when I was a young kitty. One trick is to not trim the nails before you use them, this way there is more surface for the glue to adhere. We also found that 2 people make the job alot easier. I was thinking super glue too, or what about fake nail glue for people? I would think it would work and since it is used on your nails, it shouldn;t have too much bad stuff in it(mol) They have a 2 sided sticky tape that you might try too.
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