We love our cuddly feline friends but what we don’t love the scratch mark on our favorite leather chairs or claw marks on the bottom of our doors. We know they aren’t trying to be bad because scratching is normal cat behavior. Cats scratch to remove the dead husks from their claws, mark territory, play and stretch their muscles. These are all natural and behavioral instincts.
A lot of veterinary hospitals have their own policy on declawing. So if you have decided against declawing your cat here are some helpful tips:
- Clip your cat’s nails regularly. Dogs tend to not have issues with their claws because they are walked regularly and the constant motion of their claws hitting the pavement grinds down on their nails. They also don’t use their claws to attack or defend the way cats do. Trimmed, rounded out nails cannot do as much damage. To learn how, please see our article, https://pets.webmd.com/cats/guide/top-10-feline-paw-care-tips#1
- Consider putting plastic caps on your cat’s claws (Soft Claws®) so that they’ll do no damage if he/she scratches on something in your home. These special caps attach to claws with an adhesive. They’re temporary, lasting four to six weeks.
- If your cat has already selected a piece of furniture for scratching, cover it with a sheet, aluminum foil or even double-sided tape. This will help them learn that their “scratching post” is actually something you use for other purposes.
- You can’t just cover the furniture. You need to provide alternatives or show them where they can scratch. Put real scratching posts near the same area as where your cat was scratching before, if possible. Make sure the scratching posts are sturdy – heavy and wide so they don’t tip over.
- If you catch your cat in the act of scratching an inappropriate object, you can try startling him by clapping your hands or squirting him/her with water. Use this procedure only as a last resort, because your cat may associate you with the startling event (clapping or squirting) and learn to fear you in that situation.
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