If you have a new kitten, you may be thinking about declawing your pet. If you have a new kitten, we’d like you to take a look at the following strategies that could help your cat, his claws and you to peacefully co-exist:
1. Invest in scratching posts. A good scratching post is stable so that trapeze artist and jungle princess kitties can exercise and entertain themselves safely. When you keep your cat’s area interesting, he won’t be as likely to retool your living room furniture or drapes as an exciting feline jungle gym.
2. Answer when Nature calls. While some pet owners want to shield their kittens from the great outdoors, this option may alleviate scratching problems. If your kitten shows a penchant for scratching things you’d rather she didn’t, outdoor time allows for many preferable scratching options that ultimately lead to a sure-fire expenditure of kitty energy (which seems to be in infinite supply!)
3. Make time for kitty’s pedicure. Trimming nails every 2-4 week leaves nails shorter and less likely to damage. If you start this practice when your kitten is small, she’ll be used to this little grooming step when she’s older.
4. Cover the nail. This is a clever alternative that’s safe, inexpensive and lasts for 4-6 months. Soft Paws are vinyl nail caps designed to cover your cat’s nails. Developed by veterinarian Toby Wexler, Soft Paws come in variety of sizes and colors. For more information, take a look at
5. Praise what you like. When you introduce a scratching post and your kitty shows the slightest interest, use your happy voice (“Good kitty!”) to let him know it’s good behavior. Offer a treat when she spends time there. Positively reinforce the behavior you like
6. Stop destructive behavior. There are excellent products available that repel cats. Apply a product like this according to manufacturer’s directions on furniture you want to keep off limits to your pet. Test on an inconspicuous spot first for colorfastness.
Introducing these strategies when your cat is a kitten is preferable, but training an older cat isn’t impossible. If you have questions regarding your pet’s health or behavior, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Town N Country. We love to hear from you.