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Old Maid Cat Lady is your home for all things "cat"!

We currently have over 2,800 products for cats and for people who love them, with more being added all the time. You can shop by category, browse through all the products for cats, all the products for people, or do a specific search for exactly what you need.  Products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers.  Don't see what you want? Fill out the Product Request form on our home page and we'll track it down for you. We want your shopping experience with us to be fun and hassle free!  If it's anything less, please e-mail us to let us know how we can improve for your next visit.

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In Memory of Vixen

In Memory of Vixen

Memorial for my beloved cat Vixen
1988-2012

Cat claw trimmers and nail care products from OldMaidCatLady.com!
Cat Claw Care Products

Cat Claw Care Products

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Bulk Pet Nail FileBulk Pet Nail FileIncludes 12 nail files
Cat Claw ClipperCat Claw ClipperSpecially designed for cats' claws
ConAirPRO Cat Nail ClippersConAirPRO Cat Nail ClippersWith Memory Grip handles to make trimming your cat's claws a breeze!
Cosmic Alpine Scratcher With ToyCosmic Alpine Scratcher With ToyIf your cats like to scratch on a slope, this is the scratcher for them.
Cosmic Cardboard Cat Scratcher PostCosmic Cardboard Cat Scratcher PostGot a cat who likes to scratch vertically? Here's the right scratcher for him!
Cosmic Double Wide Cardboard Cat Scratch PostCosmic Double Wide Cardboard Cat Scratch PostTreated with Cosmic Catnip, what cat can resist this?
Kwik-Stop Styptic Powder for CatsKwik-Stop Styptic Powder for CatsStops bleeding while trimming claws, or on minor cuts
PediPaws Claw FilePediPaws Claw FileYep, as seen on TV!
PediPaws Replacement Heads, 12-packPediPaws Replacement Heads, 12-pack
Two Safari Stainless Steel Cat Nail TrimmersTwo Safari Stainless Steel Cat Nail TrimmersGood for cats and kittens.
Love Your Kitty: Keep Those Claws!

Love Your Kitty: Keep Those Claws!

Here at Old Maid Cat Lady, we have a great respect for a cat's claws. They're an integral part of a cat being a cat!

A cat uses claws for:
  • Protection
  • Grooming
  • Hunting
  • Marking territory
  • Climbing
  • Exercising
  • Scratching an itch
So, you see, they're for much more than shredding your furniture or scratching your leg as you walk past!

Some people believe that declawing a cat is okay and swear their cats don't know that they don't have claws. We would beg to differ. Even though a cat may go through the motions of scratching as though the claws were there, kitty's not getting the full benefit of the action. It's the resistance of the claws against the scratching surface that strengthens your cat's front leg muscles. And if you observe your cat closely, you may find other ways in which the lack of claws has affected kitty.

Additionally, declawing is one of the most painful procedures that can be performed on a cat. Declaw surgery, for which the medical term is "onychectomy", is so painful that it has been used to test the effectiveness of new anesthesia drugs. Did you know that this surgery is actually outlawed in many countries around the world as being inhumane?

Declawing is, in truth, amputation of a cat's fingers at the first joint. Can you imagine having this done to you? How would you function without your fingertips? And just imagine if you walked around on those fingers, as a cat walks on its paws. Cats naturally walk on their toes, so the pain of putting their weight on amputated toes causes them to shift it onto the "heels" of their hands, an unnatural gait which can lead to shoulder and back pain, and arthritis later in life. Immediately after surgery, the cat's paws are so painful that kitty may associate this pain with digging in the litter box and never use the box again.

And without their first line of defense, some cats become more fearful and aggressive, cowering and biting at the people who mutilated their paws. Sadly, uninformed owners have surrendered such cats to shelters for their "bad" or "crazy" behavior, when it's something they themselves caused. Many of these poor, hapless kitties are killed as being "unadoptable" for this same behavior, which was entirely the fault of the people who had this done to them.

And yet, some U.S. veterinarians actually encourage their clients to have this crippling surgery done to their cats, and unknowing people who have never owned cats before go along with it! These same veterinarians lobby against any laws aimed at making the surgery illegal in the U.S. Why? Because they make a lot of money performing the surgery. This is deplorable.

While making finger amputation in cats illegal will not prevent unscrupulous vets from performing the surgery, a responsible vet who genuinely cares about the welfare of cats would never encourage a cat guardian to have it done. They would, in fact, explore every alternative with someone before reluctantly performing such unnecessary surgery. Many will not perform it at all, and we thank them for that.

Think about it: your furniture is just stuff. Your cat is a living, sentient being who will love you unconditionally. Is the condition of mere furniture really worth sacrificing the health and welfare of your precious cat? Of course it's not. Yes, some furniture is very expensive, or perhaps a family heirloom that can't be replaced, but declawing is not the only option.

So what do you do if your cat is trying to destroy your upholstered furniture, or constantly attacking you? Here are some humane solutions:
  • Keep your cat's claws trimmed. We have several products above for doing that. Weekly or biweekly trimming takes the sharpness off the cat's claws, and using a file makes the claw tips even smoother.
  • Get your cat several scratchers and place them around the house so that kitty has alternatives to your furniture. We carry many scratchers in all sizes, shapes, colors, and configurations. You can easily train your cat to use them and once kitty gets used to using them, they'll actually be the preferred scratching surfaces.
  • Try a solution like the soft, rubbery tips that are glued onto your cat's claws. They're a temporary solution that must be redone, much like trimming claws, but some people swear by them.
  • Spend some time with your cat each day, playing together and teaching kitty appropriate methods of play that don't involve claws. Within just a few weeks, my kittens were playing with me with their claws sheathed, and I'd always praise them for using their "soft paws". Avoid aggressive play with your bare hands or legs, redirecting that energy toward a toy or scratcher.
  • Use positive reinforcement of good behavior and redirection of bad behavior to train your cats on what's acceptable to scratch and what's not.
  • If you have a stubborn cat, there are many products designed to deter them from going in certain places. You'll find several options in our Training Time section.
Your cat's claws are a part of him. By keeping those claws and maintaining them properly, you're showing love for that precious kitty.

Purrs!

About OldMaidCatLady.com

About OldMaidCatLady.com

We're a small business, founded by a genuine old maid cat lady who loves her cats the same as if they were her children, just like you do yours. All products are shipped directly to you from our suppliers; we don't maintain any inventory. This eliminates double shipping, warehousing and staffing that would drive up costs, allowing us to price our items as reasonably as possible. When it comes to shipping, we charge you only what our suppliers charge us to ship the items to you. Those retailers who offer you "free" shipping are only raising their prices to cover the cost of shipping, and we'd rather be honest with you about it. If our suppliers include shipping in the prices of the items, we offer the same to you. We try to treat all our customers the way we'd like to be treated ourselves, and appreciate your taking the time to get to know us a little. If you'd like to know more, click on the "About Us" link in the menu.
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