Don’t Declaw Your Cat. Do this Instead

Declawing” may sound like a relatively benign procedure, like getting your nails trimmed. But declawing a cat so that it stop scratching the furniture involves removing the bones at the tip of of the toes. The process can result in long-term problems for your feline friend. Cats who’ve been declawed are more likely to have a difficult time walking along with an assortment of problems. Declawing is outlawed in many developed countries. Try training instead. Yes, cats can be trained! And it’s not as hard as it sounds. Here are some tips: Get at least one scratching post (or make your own!). If it’s a vertical scratching post, make sure it’s tall enough that your cat can stretch to use it. And make sure it’s stable. Position the post near your cat’s favorite sleeping spot, and/or near the furniture she likes to scratch the most. Cover the post in catnip or toys so that it’s more attractive than the sofa. Reward the cat with a cheek scratch or a treat every time she uses the post. Don’t hit the cat if it scratches the sofa. Just say ‘no’ firmly and relocate your furry friend to the appropriate scratching post, and reward her for using that instead. Talk to your vet if the problem persists……Ed
Source: Sarah Fecht / Photo: burak kostak

Posted in All Stories, Ed McMahon

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