Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: New Brunswick, Canada
Alternatives to declawing
My cat Napoleon is almost 2 years old and is getting VERY bad with scratching furniture, speakers, people, and anything he can get his paws on. I've never considered declawing and I won't...but I am getting a little fed up. We've tried disciplining him immediately after he scratches something (squirt gun, grabbing him and putting him in "time out" in the basement, etc) but he just doesn't get it. He seems so oblivious to the fact that he's even doing anything wrong. He acts so surprised when we do anything to discipline him and he often just goes right back to scratching. He can't seem to make the connection.
We keep his nails trimmed but he still does a fair amount of damage. He has his own scratching post/tower but he rarely uses it. I know they market nail caps for cats as an alternative to declawing so I'm just looking for any experience stories or reasons not to use this option. Also, if anyone has any other suggestions for things I could try before resorting to nail caps, I'm all ears
He's a great cat but it seems like I'm always after him to stop scratching something.
Three kitties (Hank, Napoleon, and The White One), two degus (Jay and Silent Bob), and a new chihuahua puppy (Gidget).
Special Pets in Heaven:
Bogus (cat), Dixie (dog), The Orange One (cat), baby iguana, and Charlotte (dog). I miss you all so much.