Sunday, May 10, 2015

Getting Cats Declawed

Have you ever wanted to or thought about getting your cat declawed?
I am sorry to say that I actually considered this at one point, my thoughts quickly changed and I would never do it to a cat. My cat destroyed a leather jacket and was starting in on the furniture, I had to do something quickly and this was a thought.
 I found a hanging scratch pad that she had no interest in and then got a stand up scratch post that she just walked by, I was frustrated with what to do. I would keep putting her near it every time she scratched, she had no interest in it no matter what I tried.
 My thoughts went to other options and having her claws removed came to mind, I quickly changed my mind about this course of action. As much as I wanted her to stop I could not do this, she is a house cat and I kept thinking if she did get out she could not protect herself.

Cats Protection

Cats have claws for hunting and for protection, I keep her in the house and she should not ever have the need to do either. I still want her to be able if she was ever to get out, and recently she did get out overnight and I was worried. I know I would have been more upset if she did not have any way to protect herself. I see this as a cruel thing to do now but understand there may be a rare need to have it done sometime, I just do not have any examples right now as a good reason for having it done.

Getting A Cat Declawed

 If you are going to have this done I feel it would be best when the cat is young. It may be much more painful when they are older plus they are use to having claws and it may be cruel to do when older.

  If you are deciding to have this done make sure you think it out well, the cat will thank you and I would also.  This is a decision that can not be reversed and it would be cruel even if it could be done.

Cutting A Cats Nails

I fight to cut my cats nails on a regular basis and this keeps her from scratching so much, it is the only thing that I have been able to do that has slowed her scratching.

I do wish I cut her nails every week when she was growing up so she became use to it. It is a battle with her every time I do it now because I did not get her use to it when she was young. If you have a kitten I recommend you get her use to it now.

 After I do get her nails cut she no longer wants to scratch so much until they grow back. I have a pattern of cutting them every other weekend now and she is slowly getting use to it and fighting less.

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