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Unread 10-03-2006   #11 (permalink)
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I'd suggest doing only the front claws, too. Seems like they have to be started on a scratch post from a young age to actually like/adhere to using it. That's why I'm trying to get my new kitten started now so that won't have to put him through the declaw process. We will see how it works for me.
 
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Unread 10-03-2006   #12 (permalink)
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We found a way of stopping Ruby clawing the furniture by giving her some old towels and everytime she was attempting to claw something else, we waved that in front of her. Eventually, after a few weeks, she learnt that claws went into towels, not armchairs. Im not saying it's the perfect solution but declawing can cause some nasty troubles.
 
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But if you feel that's the best way forward, then definitely only do the front.
 
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Unread 10-03-2006   #14 (permalink)
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If she goes outside at all I would not de-claw - in my opinion that solution is only for strictly indoor cats! I think most cats can be trained not to scratch the furniture, but it takes a lot of work, consistency and time. You might try scratching posts with different coverings - some cats only respond to sisal, bare wood, certain types of carpet, etc. Good luck!
 
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Unread 10-05-2006   #15 (permalink)
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Yes i agree, cats who go outside need their claws for climbing and things. My cat only occasionally scratches the sofa, or a rug, but when he does he knows he shouldn't be doing it because when you go near him he runs off and acts all innocent.
 
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Unread 10-05-2006   #16 (permalink)
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I would never declaw my cat, because I think he needs some type of defense, but I do get his claws trimmed once every few months.
 
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Unread 10-10-2006   #17 (permalink)
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It's never advisable to declaw your cat if he or she always go outside. It's very dangerous for him to have no claws if other cats will try to pick on him.
 
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Unread 10-15-2006   #18 (permalink)
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Both of my cats have ben declawed, but if you are totally against it I have heard of caps you can have put on the claws. Maybe look into that.
 
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Unread 10-15-2006   #19 (permalink)
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Great idea! I almost forgot about the claw covers. They aren't that expensive either.

Soft Claws Nail Caps For Cats. Alternative to cat declawing. Only $15.99! Stop Problem Cat Scratching Instantly!

That is what they look like. I'm not necessarily suggesting you buy them from this site (there are tons of places you can get them), just showing what peabug meant.
 
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my cat is declawed but id ony do the front claws
 
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