It’s easy to think of declawing a cat as just permanently clipping her nails, but nothing could be less accurate.
Imagine somebody cutting off all your fingers just below the first knuckle, and then having to go through life like that. That’s much closer to what a declawed cat experiences. Declawing can cause physical, behavioral, and emotional problems for years to come.
If your cat is scratching things you don’t want her to scratch, here are some things you can do:
- Make sure she has satisfactory scratching surfaces that aren’t furniture
- Instead of old carpet, try sisal or corrugated cardboard
- Try Soft Paws: covers you can put on her claws to keep her scratching from doing any damage