I've been a "cat person" my entire life. I can't pinpoint its origin, but I remember begging my parents for a cat as early as age 5. My parents both had cats in their younger years so maybe it's genetic? Is that a thing? Unfortunately, my brother is allergic... like severely asthmatic allergic. Fortunately, I was an extremely annoying child and when countless stuffed animals didn't do the trick my family adopted a cat. My brother being an agreeable child, suffered in silence until his immune system got itself together. I do feel bad about this now, but at the time I was so pumped. Anyway, as soon as my life somewhat resembled stable adulthood I adopted Wallace (I'm sure if you've spoken to me even once you know this part). It's still the best decision I've ever made.
Something I learned immediately after bringing him into my home is that people have strong opinions on declawing cats. I can't even describe the look of disgust people gave me when I said I was weighing all options. People told me the procedure causes permanent physical and mental trauma and that declawing Wallace would be committing animal cruelty. My childhood pet never seemed to suffer any trauma from the experience and my vet assured me that today's technology is extremely precise and recovery time is brief. I tend to believe the truth lies somewhere between the poles. Regardless, Wallace still has his claws and I do not intend to have them removed.
He did, however, destroy all available objects in my old apartment and now that I'm furnishing my very first big girl apartment, I want to limit the amount of shredding that occurs. Enter Soft Paws, plastic nail caps that cover your cat's claws, protect the various surfaces in your home, and are hella stylish. Wallace has always been pretty chill about getting his claws trimmed and applying Soft Paws is just as simple. He doesn't seem to mind them too much throughout the day aside from bath time when he licks and chews them a little. I haven't noticed him swallowing any, but the adhesive and plastic caps themselves are non-toxic and, without getting too graphic, should pass without issue. There's some debate throughout the internet regarding the humaneness of Soft Paws, but after researching the product and observing Wallace's behavior it's a great solution for us. They also come in a wide array of colors including pastels, rainbow, glitter, and even holiday themes. Wallace is currently rocking blue glitter because blue is his favorite color and he fancy, but he's looking forward to the holiday season so he can get a little festive.
Does the anthropomorphizing make me sound crazier than usual?