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PAWS COME WITH CLAWS. THAT'S ONE OF NATURE'S LAWS. IF YOU LOVE YOUR PET, DON'T DECLAW!


Why do cats scratch?

  • Scratching is natural behavior for cats. It's a way for cats to mark their territory by leaving marks from their nails and odor from the sweat glands on their paws.
  • Scratching is a form of exercise. It stretches and works the muscles of a cat's front quarters.
  • Scratching is fun for your cat.

    What is declawing?
    Declawing is an amputation of the last joint of your cat's toes!! It's not a manicure. It's major surgery. It's painful (imagine if your toes were cut off ). It's unnecessary and it's not humane. Your cat will be suffering after the surgery but will still have to walk to the litter box or food dish regardless of the pain it is in ...cats don't have the option of wheelchairs or hospital beds.

    Why shouldn't I declaw?

  • It's painful.
  • The cat will feel unbalanced which will cause emotional stress to the cat. Cats react to stress by not eating, by hiding, or by not using the litter box.
  • Some cats stop using their litter box because it's painful to scratch the litter after being declawed.
  • The front claws are the cat's main method of protection. There may be a change in personality and temperament. The cat may resort to biting and growling after being declawed. If the cat escapes outdoors, it will not be able to defend itself. It will not be able to quickly escape up a tree and may fall and injure itself.

    What should I do?

  • Remove or cover up desirable objects, i.e. turn speakers to face the wall, use foil, double-sided tape (Scratch Buster Strips), or sandpaper on furniture or rugs to keep cats away. Buy an odor remover like Nature's Miracle to remove the cat's scent from these objects. Citrus scented sprays or No Scratch spray can keep cats from desirable objects.
  • Clip the cat's nails regularly. Wrap the cat in a towel, or use a specially designed Klaw Kontrol Bag for safe restraint. Gently squeeze the paw to expose the retractable claws. Using Cat Nail Trimmers, cut one or two nails the first time. Praise and reward the cat. For instructions and pictures visit Clipping a Cat's Toenails.
  • Use Soft Claws Nail Caps for cats. These are plastic caps that are applied directly to nails with adhesive and last about 4 to 6 weeks. They prevent injury to your furniture and your family.
  • Provide your cat with a scratching post with different textures (cardboard, carpet, wood, sisal). You can build one yourself if necessary. Cat trees are available also.
  • Teach your cat to use the scratching post. Start by putting the post where the cat normally scratches. Play with the cat near the post and reward with treats. Dangle toys at the top of the post or spread catnip on the post. Praise the cat when it uses its scratching posts. If the cat scratches the wrong area, say "no" and take the cat to the scratching post. When you see the cat using the scratching post, reward with lots of praise and treats.
  • All of the suggested items can be ordered online at Doctors Foster & Smith or by calling 1-800-381-7179.


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