People are giving their beloved pets matching manis

By Kim Abrahams
05 July 2017

There’s officially virtually nothing you can’t do with your beloved furry friend.

Okay, so there’s officially virtually nothing you can’t do with your beloved furry friend.

Not only do they make awesome jogging partners or snuggly cuddle buddies on those cold winter nights – now you can get your nails done with your four-legged best friend too!

A Twitter user recently shared a snap of her glittered purple nails next to the paws of her sleeping cat, whose claws were identically decorated. She captioned the picture BFFs and the internet went wild with replies.  

Other users were quick to respond with pictures of themselves sporting manicured nails that matched those of their dog or cat.          

But before you think of grabbing your favourite pot of nail polish and dabbing it onto your cherished pooch’s claws, remember that nail varnish is toxic to animals.

The best alternative would be nail caps, which are normally used to stop cats from scratching.  Claw caps are largely frowned upon as they stop a cat from doing what it's naturally inclined to do and is widely seen as cruel.

   

“It’s great that people want to spend quality time with their pets but it’s important for owners to understand that some attempts to ‘pamper’ can be confusing and frightening for a cat or dog,” a spokesperson for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in the United Kingdom told Metro.co.uk.

“While we often enjoy painting our nails and wearing jewels, pets don’t understand what's happening to them or why and some might find this process distressing.”

The South African Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) strongly agrees.

In a statement on their declawing policy, the SPCA says it's “opposed to the unnecessary mutilation of animals – for cosmetic, sporting, entertainment or convenience purposes – including but not limited to tail-docking, ear-cropping, de-barking and de-clawing.”

So as pretty a picture as it may make to have matching nails with your best pet friend, you might want to think this one through before making that nail appointment.

Sources: metro.co.uk, mashable.com, nspca.co.za

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