No way around it, cats scratch. It’s not a malicious thing, just a natural one, they’ve got claws and my goodness are they willing to use them. Some cats can get so prickly, both to people and belongings, that declawing starts to look like an attractive option.
But it’s not one that I like. Declawing might not be the atrocity that some animal rights groups make it out to be, but it still isn’t optimal. A declawed cat can experience pain, and some loss of coordination. On top of that, a declawed cat is a largely defenseless, and therefore strictly indoor cat.
It’s better to nip pesky scratching habits in the bud without resorting to that extreme. Fortunately, for most cats, it’s entirely possible. Here are some no-nonsense tips for making sure that your chairs and fingers stay intact.
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