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Should You Declaw Your House Cats

Many cat owners think that it is necessary to declaw their cats. But should you declaw your house cat? Declawing is actually considered inhumane and banned in some European countries. You should know that declawing is not like nail trimming. It is a surgery to be carried out by a vet. The vet will actually amputate the end joints of the cat's paws. It is just like losing the last joints on all of your fingers. It is very painful to the cat and the operation can have emotional, behavioral, and physical side-effects. There are many things that a cat uses it claw for. Without their claws, cats will be invariably stress out. For a start, the cats would be unable to lean forward properly. They will become off-balance and need to lean back on their hind quarters, which may lead to muscular atrophy in the front legs. Beside using their claws for climbing and leaping, cats use their claw for self-protection. Without a sense of security, you can expect that the cat would be prone to biting. It will probably also urinate all over the house.

Train Your House Cats Not To Scratch Furnitures

The main reason for declawing house cats is to prevent them from scratching the furnitures. Your house cat will scratch things. It is in their nature. Cats naturally want to scratch objects whenever they can. Scratching sharpens their claws and exercise specific muscles in their legs. Unfortunately, they often use your precious furniture to sharpen their claws on. Cats also scratch to mark their territory. To save your furniture, you can offer your house cat an alternative, such as a scratching post. It is simply a pole covered with fabric. To get them to scratch on the scratching post, you induce your cat to play with it and sink its claws into it. Or you can rub catnip on it. Giving your house cat a treat when it cat uses the scratching post can also help in getting house cat get used to using such scratching post regularly. Alternatively, you can buy a scratching pad. This is a small plastic tablet with a replaceable cardboard pad. You can place catnip in the cardboard to make it more inviting for your cats. The scratching pad is small and can be placed at convenient positions throughout the house.

If you catch your house cat scratching something that it should not, clap loudly and admonish it in a loud and firm voice. Do not hit your house cat. This is negative conditioning. It will become more wary of you. The stress may even cause your house cat to scratch even more. There are also commercial house cat products like Feliway that is sprayed onto furniture to dissuade a house cat from scratching.

Regular Nail Trimming Helps

One alternative to declawing is simply to trim the nails regularly. This will minimize the damage from scratching. This is also helpful in preventing your house cat from accidentally scratching you when you pick it up or play with it. House cat's claws should be trimmed every two to six weeks. To do this, squeeze the cat's paw pad gently and their claws will slide out. Avoid trimming the pinkish part of the claw. This is call the quick. Trimming the quick will cause pain and bleeding. Do not trim too close to the quick either. If the claw cracks for whatever reason, it may expose the quick. For trimming your house cat's nail, you should claw clippers. Some people are comfortable with the regular human nail clippers. Do not expect to get all the nails trimmed at one go. If it is the first time, do one paw at a time, and let the cat settle down in between. Eventually, the cat will learn to stop struggling but it may take a while or a few sessions. It is easier to have two people for the task; one to hold the cat, and the other to do the trimming. Many people resort to professional service to avoid all the trouble. You can also use the PediPaws. PediPaws basically grinds down your cat's claws painlessly but it costs more.

If you keep your house cat indoor, you can fit lightweight vinyl caps over the cat's claws. This will prevent your furniture from being scratched. Nail caps come in an assortment of colors as well as different sizes.

Use A Nail Cap

If you keep your house cat indoor, you can fit lightweight vinyl caps over the cat's claws. This will prevent your furniture from being scratched. Nail caps come in an assortment of colors as well as different sizes.

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