I adopted a kitten from shelter few months ago. He's been doing great. I've never had a cat before and I've gotten many suggestions from others that I should have him de-clawed. I have noticed that his claws have been getting pretty sharp and i have some scars to prove it as well. I try to trim it, but he freaks out most times i try to do it. He's about 6 months old now and he's going to be a indoor cat. Do you have any advices? Thanks!
I have two indoor cats and I haven't declawed either of them.
I don't have any problems with them scratching furniture or anything. I also don't trim their claws. When they get long, they fall off (similar to breaking a nail) I think as long as you have something for them to scratch, it will be okay.
I definitely recommend not de-clawing him. We did research when we got our kitten and de-clawing is the equivalent of chopping off the tips of your fingers.
Cats are squirmy little creatures. We trim our one-year-old's nails before they get too long, it's not just because of scratching but also because if they get too long they can get caught in fabrics and such. He tries to scratch and bite, as well as yowl, cry, meow and growl when we trim his nails but we basically do everything we can to hold him down and steady (without hurting him, of course.) Once the whole ordeal is over, we pet him and feed him some treats.
Besides clipping his nails, you can also get nail caps. I've suggested this to apartment managers, as I refuse to de-claw my cat and nearly all that allow cats say that would work just as well. You can get them online or from any pet store, and even most supermarkets.
I've heard this too...that de-clawing is equivalent to getting your fingers chopped off at the knuckle. I got my kitten from the vet, and they had already de-clawed him. Honestly, I still have scars because those back claws are brutal.
It's also really sad to see him try to scratch things, but he can't. He is an indoor kitten, but he still likes to try and catch flies and such.
Don't have a cat if you have to have them declawed. Cats rely on their claws for many things. It often changes the entire personality of the cat when you have them declawed, for the worse. They need claws for enrichment activities.
We have not declawed our cat because of our personal position on the issue (like others have mentioned, it can be likened to cutting off fingertips). However, we have not had any problems with scratching as of yet.
I think to some extent with scratching pads/posts & slight behaviour modification (spray with water etc) you could probably 'train' your cat not to scratch certain things while offering acceptable objects(toys/scratch pads etc) in their place.
If you're going to trim a cats claws, be aware of the' quick' (blood vessel inside/under the claws that can be cut into if you trim too far; causes minor bleeding). I find most cats too fidgety to even bother about trimming.
I de-clawed my cat and I really think it was the worst mistake I have ever made. My dad made me do it. I think that as long as you train your cat to not scratch stuff (a water bottle works the best, just spray everytime he scratches something) then that really is all you need. And a scratching post will trim his claws so they wont be so sharp, it works like an emery board.
they do mellow out, I know it seems strange but carry a water bottle around the house with you and give a squirt. She'll learn quick. Also keep a toy in your pocket to throw to distract the kitten is she goes after you. Often times if you declaw they will start biting which can be worse for people.