To avoid scratches on their furniture and other sofas, cat owners opt for nail covers… which take the form of real “boots”! Accessories that harm the well-being of the feline. The explanations of Dr veterinarian Brigitte Leblanc, contacted by 30millionsdamis.fr.
Amazon, Shein, Wish, Baanaa… all of these sites sell “scratch resistant boots for cats”! Faced with these announcements, Dr Brigitte Leblanc, veterinarian, is angry: “ A shame ! It is outright abuse! With this accessory the poor cat cannot even walk! “.
Among the comments online, buyers admit the great discomfort experienced by their feline: ” Not at all comfortable for a cat », Comments one of them. But some do not seem bothered by the suffering of their animal, on the contrary: ” Alright, the cat doesn’t like them! “, or, ” My cat really doesn’t like them, but I personally love them », Can we read!
Claws are essential for cats’ balance!
These accessories cause a handicap which is all the more damaging as the claws are essential to cats. Primo, they allow them, outdoors, to hunt and defend themselves: in this sense, they are an integral part of their anatomy; secundo, integuments are essential to their balance, both psychological and physical. ” Not only, they are used to communicate with other cats (by scratch marks and registered pheromones), explains veterinarian Dr. But in addition, they allow them to grip, stretch, or even climb, in short to keep in balance! “
Other much more ethical alternatives
The claws allow cats to balance!
B. Leblanc – Veterinary Dr
” There are much easier ways to avoid scratching furniture while respecting your cat., recalls the specialist. You can shorten his claws and provide him with scratching posts of a structure that he likes (in fiber, cardboard or rope) that you will place in visible places, where he feels the need to mark his territory. “. It is also possible to affix odors that he likes, such as essence of valerian or even olive oil!
Finally, some masters use claw covers – which individually cover each claw – to protect cats that self-harm. But “You have to put your little feline to sleep to make sure they are placed correctly, without disturbing him, deplores B. Leblanc. For my part, I prefer to work differently! “.