Keep your kitty’s claws on their paws!
Kitties need their claws as much (if not more than) you and I need our finger/toe nails. Cats use their claws to get a full body stretch, to mark territory, to protect themselves, and more. Just imagine how your life would be different if you had the entire last bone of your fingers or toes removed from the knuckle. Declawing is a major surgery that amputates the last bone of a cat’s toe from the knuckle. Many countries already consider this procedure to be animal cruelty and have outlawed it.
Declawing is not the only way for your cat to coexist with your furniture! Alternatives do exist. Cats do not scratch your furniture to spite you. Rather, they are simply attempting to meet their own needs via the most convenient means. The most effective solution is to have things in your home that are okay for the cat to scratch – things like a cat tree or a cat scratcher. Along with this, positive reinforcement for using the appropriate scratching surfaces is very helpful. Watch your cat’s behavior and see what it tells you about it’s needs and reasons for scratching. You may have to increase the number of appropriate scratching surfaces, change the style/type of surface (horizontal, vertical, etc), or the placement of those surfaces.
To learn about more options to keep your kitty’s claws and your furniture in tact, please read my post 5 Humane Alternatives to Declawing.
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I got a score of 21,273 on this word search. Can you get a higher one? The faster you find all of the words, the higher your score will be.
Instructions for the Interactive Word Search
- Words from the word list on the right are hidden within the puzzle. The words may be spelled forward, backward, or on a diagonal.
- Click on the first letter of the word, drag the cursor across the word, and click on the last letter of the word.
- The puzzle is finished once you have found all of the words.
What type of cat scratcher does your cat like best?
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