can change the personality of your cat. Many cats who are declawed
will bite as their only means of defense. Declawing is a very painful
procedure because the joint end must be removed along with the toe.
It would be like having your fingers cut off above the knuckle instead
of clipping your fingernails! Postoperative complications include
infection, bleeding, nail regrowth (abnormally into tissues causing pain
and swelling), and numbness. If your cat ever got outside, he would
be totally defenseless.
Scratching is a natural
behavior for cats and any means of punishment will not stop them from doing
it. It's an instinctive behavior because it's a means that cats can
use to mark their territory. Cats have scent glands in their paws.
My personal opinion
is that cats come with claws and if you own leather furniture, get rid
of it! I love my cats and simply put, they are more important than owning
Regularly clip your
cats claws. If you are afraid to do this, then have someone show
you how. It's really very simple. You just use nail clippers
that are made for cats, apply a little pressure to the toe to get the claw
extended, and then just clip the very end of the nail, avoiding the "quick."
The quick is the pink part of the nail. If you accidentally cut the
quick, put some Kwik Stop on it to stop the bleeding.
Offer your cat a
scratching post or pad that he likes. Carpeted scratching posts have
never appealed to any of my cats. The type of scratching posts that
appeal to my cats are the poles that are wrapped with sisal rope.
Several, however, prefer the corrugated cardboard pads that I sprinkle
catnip into. They go nuts! I have several "Cat Tracks" toys
where a corrugated cardboard pad is in the center and is replaceable as
it wears out. Cat Tracks are great. My cats really like and
A common problem
that I experience is having my eight-week old kittens mistake my legs for
trees and climb my blue-jeans to get into my lap. They outgrow this
behavior very quickly with discouragement. If you buy a sisal
pole with a perching area on the top, you can place some treats up there
for the kittens. This will encourage them to go there to climb.
They also use the many "cat furniture trees" that I have in the cattery
patio area to climb.
I've read that if
your cat has been scratching the furniture you can cover it with double-sided
carpet tape to protect it. You can also spray the areas with a product
called Stainaway that removes the cats scent. Then encourage your
cat to use the sisal pole, or corrugated cardboard pad by using catnip
to lure him to it.
My kittens learn
very early from watching their mothers use the scratching posts and corrugated
cardboard pads that this is where they are suppose to scratch. This
should make them better pets for you.
Here is the CFA's
position of the declawing of cats:
Cat Fanciers' Association recognizes that scratching is a natural behavior
of cats and that cats may be defenseless without full use of their claws
if they, either intentionally or unintentionally, go outdoors. Scratching
damage to household furnishings can be minimized or avoided by routine
clipping of the claws, the use of claw covers and by redirecting the cat's
activity to acceptable surfaces.
A cat that has been
declawed cannot be show in CFA. Nail caps are allowed in the Household
perceives the declawing of cats (onychectomy ) and the severing of digital
tendons (tendonectomy) to be elective surgical procedures which are without
benefit to the cat. Because of post operative discomfort or pain, and potential
future behavioral or physical effects, CFA disapproves of declawing or