Declawing Cats: To Declaw or Not to Declaw

by Alfredo Vermiglio

If you have a cat as a pet, nothing can be more destructive than its claws. Claws however are natural to cats and it’s actually up to you and how you take care of your cat if you’re going to declaw your cat. There are always two sides to the story of declawing cats. If you train your cat well enough, your pet can be the most behaved cat in the world. In this case, you have to provide your cat with something to scratch on because as was mentioned previously, claws and clawing are natural to cats.

If you get your cat a scratching post, that’s enough to deter him or her from scratching other things like curtains and furniture, and then you’re okay. Train your cat to scratch on a scratching post. You see the scratching actually gives the cats a good stretch. It’s good for their back and for their shoulders. With scratching, they also are maintaining their claws so they can use them for climbing, pouncing, defending themselves, and so on. You can forgo declawing cats if you know how to train your cat to scratch only at the scratching post using consistency as well as repetition.

On the other hand, if it’s not in you to train your cat not to scratch and you think that your cat might pose a danger to you or to small members of your family, you can get your cat declawed. As a little note, when you start declawing cats, it’s not going to help them stop scratching if they’re stressed and have emotional problems. Scratching is basically a sign of the cat having underlying problems. If the scratching continues on, you might like to bring your cat to the vet to see what your cat’s problem is.

Declawing cats can be something that’s very important to you. There are some people who think that it’s only with declawing their cats that they can ensure a satisfactory relationship with their pet. If you’re worried about your cat being unable to climb trees or defend himself or herself if declawed, they can still do all these without the claws. Remember though that not all cats need declawing. It’s only when your cat is very destructive that you can opt for this procedure. In every other kind of situation, a good dose of consistency and repetition is enough to get your cat scratching only on the scratching post.

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