As cat owners, we love our cats. But, sometimes their claws are less than desirable. If you have a cat, you know all too well how they use their claws. You may have even received an injury or two from your cats claws. An affectionate cat may even pull your hand in with their claws. Treating you to a, what they believe, a much needed grooming. It's all fun and games until a claw snags your delicate skin.
Have you ever walked in on your precious feline shredding your couch? If so, we understand your frustration. Your first thought may be to call your veterinarian right away. You can't let a couch you spent thousands on become trash. So, now you believe it's time to take care of the problem. You now want to get your cat declawed.
Stop! There are better options to help maintain your cats claws. Options that do NOT include declawing your cat!
When you declaw a cat, their claws aren't "going away." Your cat actually keeps their claws. According to the Humane Society, the veterinarian will destroy the tendons that control each claw. So, the surgery doesn't actually remove the claws themselves. Cats claws are retractable. Which means they can bring them in and push them out. By destroying the tendons to each toe, you stop that ability. Declawing cats is even known to cause your feline friend to be a little off balanced.
So, before you jump on the "cat declaw" train, know that you have other options. Plus, don't forget that the procedure of declawing the cat can be costly. Costing you hundreds of dollars. Then, of course, the risks of any surgical procedure. WebMD lists many risks of declawing. Including the risks listed below.
Cat Declawing: The Risks of the Procedure
- Anesthesia sensitivity. The veterinarian will sedate your cat for the procedure. You wouldn't want to be awake if the doctor was cutting your food tendons, would you?! Like people, not all cats do well under anesthesia.
- Infection. Any surgical site may become infected. In the end, this doesn't lead to only complications. But, it also may lead to more fees on your end for treatment of the infection.
- An unsteady kitty. Cats walk on their toes. So, when you cut their toe tendons, you may noticed somewhat of an unbalance to your cat.
Getting cats to stop "scratching" is almost impossible. That's because that's part of what makes a cat a cat. Cats scratch for many reasons. We all know cats love to groom themselves. So, scratching is another kitty self grooming technique. Scratching helps them shed the outer layer of their nail. Preventing damage to your furniture is possible though.
Clawing The Furniture: Prevention & How to Stop It
Your cat may be clawing any piece of furniture it can find. You may find your favorite leather couches arms shred. The damage may go as far as your stereo speakers ending up with claw marks. Then, of course any cats favorite, shredding carpet and rugs. But, thanks to a few preventive measures, patient, and time, you can fix this.
Make sure your cat has a scratching post option.
When you have a cat, having an outlet for them to scratch is a must. That's why every cat owner should have a scratching post. Having several may even be a great option for a feisty cat or kitten.
If your cat loves scratching the carpet, we have a great option. Your cat, and your furniture, will thank you in the long run. The FLIP Pet Fusion Cat Scratcher is a great option for cats who prefer scratching the carpet or rugs. It even is larger inside. That allows it to double as a scratcher AND a lounge for your cat. With the design your cat will enjoy the same scratching position as if it were scratching the carpet.
Do you often find your cat stretched out scratching the arm of a chair or couch? Then you and your cat will love the Pet Fusion Modern Cat Activity Tree. This cat activity tree will allow your cat to stretch their muscles. It also allows them to get that extra energy out.
Planning on buying a cat scratching post? Make sure to place it near your cat's favorite place to scratch.
Make forbidden "clawing areas" undesirable.
Find your cat’s favorite places to scratch. Then make these places less than desirable for your kitty. You can do this by doing something as simple as adding double sided tape to the area. Your cat will not want to scratch that!
So, you've made your cat’s favorite sofa to scratch a little less kitty friendly. Make sure you still provide a scratching outlet for your cat. As scratching is part of their natural behavior.
Make sure you groom your cats claws on a regular basis.
Younger cats and kittens may take great pride in grooming themselves. This even includes biting their own claws. But, this isn't the case for all cats and kittens. Especially cats who are older. Older cats tends to slow down on self grooming. So, their claws may grow at a faster pace than a younger cat.
Neglecting to make sure your cat's claws stay groomed on a regular basis may end up with a bigger problem. Claws that are not groomed on a regular basis have the potential to grow quite long. Some may even curl into the pad of the cat's foot. This is painful and often requires a trip to the veterinarian.
But, many cats don't enjoy the claw trimming process. So, you may not be brave enough to take on the task. If that's the case, reach out to a pet professional. Many grooming salons and veterinarian offices will trim a cat's claws. Most of the time it's possible to have it done the same day.
Preventing damage to your furniture is much cheaper than replacing it. So with a little time, patience, and the right tools you and your feline friend can leave in harmony once again.