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Downsides of Declawing

One topic we often discuss with potential adopters is declawing cats. In this post, you'll learn about the declawing process, how it can negatively impact cat behavior, why it is illegal in a growing number of places, and some alternatives to declawing.

Infographic Credit: The Cat Network

Rather than declawing your cat, here are a few suggested options:

Provide a Place to Scratch. Train them how to use their claws in an appropriate location, like a scratching post. You could even use catnip on the posts to attract them. Put the posts near where your cat likes to scratch. If you find your cat scratching somewhere besides the scratching post, you can correct them with a, "NO!" or squirt of water. Then, redirect them to use the scratching surface you provided. While you are training your cat, you can use double sided tape, blown up balloons, or aluminum foil to cover areas you don't want scratched.

Nail Trims. Some cats can be trained to allow you to trim their claws regularly. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for guidance.

Nail Caps. You can also check out products like Soft Claws, which are tiny vinyl covers for claws. These last 4-6 weeks and come in a variety of colors. These tips should only be used on indoor cats, though.

To learn more about declawing, visit these resources

The Cat Network | The Paw Project's FAQs | AlleyCATS Alliance | Jackson Galaxy

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