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Faux Claws

Strap-on claws for de-clawed cats.
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There are many alternatives now to de-clawing, yet some people still demand it for their cats. I inherited a de-clawed cat.

De-clawed cats have been relegated to the ground for too long. Their peers have ridiculed them. It's time for them to regain some self-dignity.

Simple strap-on claws would be attached as your little feline headed out the door. A series of Velcro straps and hinged joints would allow for complete and comfortable wearing and full support on the leg.

Think of the unbridled joy as your de-clawed cat climbs trees and tears at the tree bark with razor sharp titanium claws. Put a bit of swagger in your little cat's step as she walks around the neighborhood. Think of the intimidation factor as the other cats hear the click, click, click of titanium on cement. Think of the prestige your cat would have, once again, with her fellow felines. Your cat could go from the ground, to the top of the kitty totem pole in a matter of minutes.

As your puss walks across the lawn, an added benefit would be the aeration that could be achieved as the claws tear at the packed turf.

When your little puss returns home, simply remove the claws and you have safe furniture once again.

Windango, Jan 13 2003

Neuticles http://www.neuticles.com/
For cats who've lost other parts. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Soft Claws® http://www.willasark.com/scdir.cfm
As mentioned by [InsanityKlaus]. But these claws won't climb. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

A not necessarily linked link... http://www.pachyder...rgindog/lyrics.html
Check out "Kitten Lash" [silverstormer, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       Thank you Forni. Even as I type the subject of my idea flops on the keyboard. She's old, but has plenty of sass.
Windango, Jan 13 2003

       Perhaps an accessory such as a chipper for making their own sawdust cat litter.
mtcatt, Jan 14 2003

       Somehow, I doubt cats are smart enough to know to use prosthetic claws the same way they use their own body parts. It's almost like strapping a knife on the cat's paw and expecting it to become a more proficient rat killer.
lumpy, Jan 14 2003

       I love cats. Mine live in the apartment and never leave (it's a looooong way down). They always prefer the Italian sofa to the scratching post. (I think they like the tearing sound).   

       How come we can't invent a post that cats will scratch?   

       Incidentally, although I wouldn't want to do it to my cats, I've been meaning to ask what exactly is declawing and what bits are removed? Do you have to have the teeth removed too, so they can't kill you for declawing them?   

       Also, I looked at [IVnick8or]'s soft paw link. Cool idea; looks like it was invented on 1/2B. I can imagine my cat furiously trying to de-soft-paw itself so that it can return to the devastation of my sofa.
FloridaManatee, Jan 14 2003

       I knew there was something about this idea, that got me going - neat pun!
po, Jan 14 2003

       Only if they were painted red, [bliss], only if they were painted red.
PeterSilly, Jan 14 2003

       [IVnick8or], It must be some kinda psychological overcompensation thing, I think. Didn't get that far into the site, being hypnotized by the animated logo ambient electronic vibes & the bouncing of the startup balls.
Amos Kito, Jan 14 2003

       I thought this was going to be for people. I would have voted for that.
sadie, Jan 16 2003

       Wolverine type cats, I love it.
talen, Jan 16 2003

       <adds buttery pastry> A great idea, following the bad idea of having a cat declawed in the first instance.   

       <link ref> A set of 2" titanium claws, and a matching set of 76lb silicon Neuticle testicular implants. "Top Cat, the indisputable leader of the gang".   

       [IVnick8or] I believe those 65-90lb monstrosities are designed for bulls, and not necessarily for toy poodles. Unless you want the most macho poodle on the block. "Whoa hey, look at the poodle on those balls!!"
Johnny Mash, Jan 17 2003

       You get used to it
thumbwax, Jan 18 2003

po, Jan 18 2003

       Cats would try hard to get the device off. Some are very finicky about the paws. They aren't tool users. Natural claws have a distinct feel. They would feel no tension in their limbs as they climbed, which is part of the joy.   

       There is an existing product that will make de-clawing obsolete. A set of plastic nails covers that are glued on after clipping the nails. They last about 60 days. And you can get them in RED. My two cats have pink ones. VERY CUTE.
InsanityKlaus, Sep 19 2003

       [Johnny Mash] I think the weight given is the weight of the animal, not the implants, as it is about two inches long and listed under "canines"
Aegis, Dec 02 2003

       I love it, not because I am an animal rights activist or anything, but when you de-claw a cat, you take away a valuable part of it. It no longer has as much traction or ability to climb/grip things, like someone clips off the front joints of your fingers. Anyway I disagree with you all who said a cat couldn’t use a prosthetic; I saw a woman on tv (may the gods of spam never cease to torment her) who duck taped plastic sporks to her cat’s feet and forced her to eat with them, and had the nerve to say the cat preferred them and seemed happy with them on. But the cat did use them to eat.
thelambs, Dec 02 2003

       To update this idea: The subject of this idea has passed on to the great litter box in the sky. Darrel was a great cat and she gave me many hours of sneezing when I would visit her at [Windango's] house. I will miss her freezing-cold, deformed paws on my face when I slept on the couch.
Klaatu, Dec 10 2003

       At this time of year, thank god this isn't an idea spouting on about Santa not really existing.
Fishrat, Dec 10 2003


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