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5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing

5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing – There are numerous safe and painless alternatives to declawing, including these ideas from the pet behavior experts at Ceva Animal Health:

5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing
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5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing

1. Routinely trim nails

Regular nail care is an important part of general care and hygiene for your cat, but it can also help prevent scratching damage by eliminating the sharp, destructive claw tips. Properly trimmed nails are less likely to snag or split, and cats with well-trimmed nails are less likely to resort to scratching as part of their own self-grooming rituals.

2. Create scratch-friendly zones

Keeping cats from scratching areas you don’t want them to bother is far more likely if you provide areas where they can scratch at will, such as scratching pads and posts. Pair these scratching areas with a product such as Feliscratch by Feliway, which is clinically proven to prevent destructive scratching by redirecting cats to scratch in the right place. Cats are attracted to the drug-free, naturally derived product and will feel compelled to scratch where it’s applied, leaving that chair or couch alone.

“Cat owners can now have damage-free home decor without putting their cats through the stress and potential physical harm of the painful declawing procedure,” Tynes said.

3. Reinforce off-limits areas

Cats are highly tactile, so applying textured materials like double-sided sticky tape or rough, crinkly aluminum foil to areas you don’t want scratched can be an effective deterrent.

4. Consult a behaviorist

Not all cases have easy answers, but an expert with experience in animal behavior can provide guidance based specifically on your cat’s personality and circumstances to help create a custom solution.

5. Eliminate negative reinforcements

Avoid punishing your cat for undesirable behavior. This includes shouting, spraying with water or swatting your cat. Punishment can increase stress and anxiety. It can make the problem worse and may even make your cat afraid of you.

Article compliments of Family Features


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7 thoughts on “5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing

      1. Indeed it does – at the moment we have SEVEN cats living fairly harmoniously inside. When they start to get a little slappy, we know it’s time to refill.

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