LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) – If you've been searching for a way to trim your cats' nails without the struggle, then the Emery Cat Board might be right up your alley.
The claims on the packaging:
"Helps Prevent Cats from Scratching your Furniture."
"The Easy and Safe Way to Trim your Cats' Nails."
Let's try it out to see if it holds up to its claims. The Emery Cat comes packaged with a base, a furry toy, a bag of catnip, and the board insert. The honeycomb shaped board sits in the base. Its outer surface is modestly infused with a rough sand-like material designed to help dull the nails of your cat. The catnip is the added incentive to get the cats to the board. It sprinkles into the cracks on the board to stimulate the cats.
Diana Andersen runs the Hobo Hotel cat shelter. She likes the idea of the Emery Cat Board, but she has her doubts.
"It probably is safe for the cat and you, but I don't know if it's going to trim them all the way," says Diana.
We put the catnip infused Emery Cat in a room with about six to cats. Almost immediately, Chaulkey made his way up to the board and started scratching. The others were curious, but a bit timid of the camera and the added company in the room. We left the room to watch from the outside. Sure enough, the cats begin gathered around the board to explore. I left the board in the room and one week later I checked back to see how the Emery Cat was working. The board was torn up in spots, so there's proof the cats were using it.
Diana explained that the kittens and cats alike both seem to enjoy using the Emery Cat Board. She went on to talk about how the kittens would be entertained for hours with the board. But a look at their nails show Monkey's are barely beginning to dull, while Chaulkey's still remain relatively sharp.
"Over time, it probably would shorten their nails," explains Diana.
We contacted the company to see how long the average cat needs to use the board to trim their nails, but we did not receive a response by our story deadline. (However, if we do receive a response, it will be posted in the Web Extra below). So with a new toy cats and kittens absolutely adore coupled with sharp nails remaining, Diana gives us her verdict.
"I'd say kind of," Diana continued, "just the issue of does it actually trim their nails completely?"
So, it looks like the Emery Cat Board gets a KIND OF for this week's "Does it Work?" test. The Emery Cat Board cost us $19.99 at a local business.
Web Extra: The cats and kittens seemed to really enjoy using the Emery Cat Board. The catnip was certainly a huge factor in getting some of the cats to quickly warm up to the device. I think some of the others that we watched were just naturally curious of a new item in the room. We felt giving the cats a week to accommodate and use the toy was enough time to get a feel for weather or not they would like to use it. They did like it and many of the cats did utilize it. The nails of the cats varied from slightly trimmed or more so dulled, to not much of change at all. Again, our results do not necessarily reflect the wide variety of personalities of cats to use it and the types of nails each cat may have. I've found 2-3pack board refills ranging from 16.99 to 22.99 by searching online. We did not test to see how long the board works.
ADOPT FROM THE HOBO HOTEL:
Here's information on how you can adopt form the Hobo Hotel for Cats, the lake area's only non-kill shelter for cats and kittens. They're located at 650 East School Street in Lake Charles. You can adopt daily from 2-5pm except for Thursdays and Sundays. You can contact the Hobo Hotel at 337-439-2428 or visit them online at www.hobohotelforcats.com.
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