Scratching is a natural and healthy cat behavior. Cats scratch to get rid of any dead husks of their claws to sharpen them, release any boredom or pent up energy, and to stretch their muscles.
But scratching can be very annoying as cats can destroy furniture and carpets with their sharp claws. Sticking regular tape on furniture doesn’t always work to keep your cat’s claws away from your furniture.
In this article, we’ll introduce to you what might be the best alternative for the regular tape to prevent your cat from scratching and ruining your furniture and carpets, Sticky Paws.
This Sticky Paws Review also includes:
- The general features of Sticky Paws
- The top features of Sticky Paws
- FAQs section
So let’s take a closer look at this product.
General Features Of Sticky Paws
Sticky paws is one of the products that are originally manufactured by Pioneer Pet. Pioneer Pet is an American company that serves one purpose, and that is to discourage cat owners from abandoning their cats, or declawing them.
Pioneer Pet started with manufacturing scratching posts. Now, the company has many different products that make it easier to have a cat living with you at home.
Sticky Paws is a transparent patented two-sided tape that is designed to have a tactile feel that cats hate. In this way, it teaches your cat to stop scratching your furniture, and trains it to scratch on a more desirable surface, like a scratching post.
Let’s dive deeper into its features.
It’s a non-toxic product safe for both humans and pets, as it’s made of inert materials and medical-grade adhesive. The sheets are also safe to be used directly on most furniture.
The strips will stick properly to your furniture, and they need to be replaced once a week only.
Sticky Paws comes in different sizes for your convenience. Sticky Paws Furniture Strips contain 24 kiss-cut adhesive sheets. Each sheet is 12 inches, which is the perfect size to cover your divan base, and protect it from your cat’s claws.
Sticky paws also comes with more than 32 feet on a roll. Usually, this is the best option if you want to cut it to a specific length. And in my opinion, the easiest way to trim it is by using a serrated knife.
Last, but certainly not least, is the XL Sheets. They come in 5 sheets per package. Each sheet is 9 inches ×12 inches, which offers larger coverage for bigger areas. This makes it a better option for carpets.
Sticky Paws is a budget-friendly product considering the quality and the quantity of it. The Furniture Strips and the XL Sheets each are under $12 for the package. Sticky Paws On A Roll is under $15 for the package.
How to use Sticky Paws
Simply peel off one side of the tape, stick onto the area you want to protect, and then peel off the other side. It sticks better than the regular double-sided tape.
Sticky Paws sheets can leave a sticky residue after using them on wood but that shouldn’t be a huge problem.
You can use Murphy Oil Soap to safely get rid of the sticky residue. Dilute it in water, or apply it straight to the wood for the stickier residue. Wipe the wood with a soft cloth to remove the stickiness. Rinse with water and a clean cloth. Another way is to spray Pam cooking spray on it for 10 minutes and then wipe it clean.
Cons of Sticky Paws
Sticky Paws is ineffective on non-stick treated surfaces. It also doesn’t work on stain repellent products such as Scotchgard.
Sticky Paws is safe to use directly on most furniture, but it’s recommended to always test a small piece before applying it completely on an inconspicuous area. This product can cause damage to certain surfaces as wood finishes, leather, vinyl, wallpaper, microfiber, and painted surfaces.
Some cats may find out a way to take the tape off and even chew a little piece of it. This shouldn’t cause any harm to the cat but if it happens and the cat chews a large piece it’s best to see a vet. Chewing a large piece of any adhesive product might cause intestinal blockage.
Top Features Of Sticky Paws
It’s a transparent product. So you don’t have to worry about making the furniture look or unstylish. It’s also odor-free so it won’t leave any unpleasant smells.
The sheets have a texture that is designed specifically to deter your cat’s claws off of your furniture while being harmless to your cat. Being made out of inert and non-toxic materials, it is safe to use it anywhere without worrying about your children touching it.
The product has different sizes and options for your convenience. You can choose whichever will fit right on your furniture. Another way to keep your cat away from a valuable piece of furniture is using ScatMat which is completely safe and effective.
Frequently Asked Questions
In this section, we answer some of the most asked questions about Sticky Paws.
1. Does it work on leather?
As mentioned before, Sticky paws may damage certain surfaces including leather. That’s why it’s recommended to try a small piece first before applying it completely.
2. Does double-sided tape work the same as Sticky Paws?
Cats hate sticky things. But Sticky Paws works a lot better, as it sticks on the furniture stronger than the normal double-sided tape. It does the job better because of the formulated texture that is designed specifically to repel your cat’s claws.
3. Can a cat be trained to stop scratching my couch?
Yes, you can use Sticky Paws on your couch to prevent your cat from scratching it. Its sticky texture will stop your cat from scratching any surface you use it on. This makes it easier for you to teach your cat to use the scratching posts.
I think that Sticky Paws is a smart and effective solution to the scratching problems all cat owners face. It doesn’t hurt my wallet and it comes in different sizes. My favorite is the on roll one as it’s easy to customize its length.
Knowing that I’m buying a product that is safe and non-toxic for me, my children, and my cats is more than enough for me.