Declawing a cat is nothing like a manicure. The procedure typically involves removing the last bone (or at least part of the bone) in each toe of the paw. Like any surgical procedure, declawing is painful and requires time and care to recuperate.
Before resorting to surgery, it’s important for cat owners to remember that scratching is a natural feline behavior. Clawing at surfaces is how cats mark their territory and sharpen their nails. However, when those surfaces are rugs, furniture, and other household items, it’s easy for owners to get frustrated.
Several steps can be taken to prevent destructive scratching. Staying on top of nail trimming will lessen a cat’s need to scratch. If you’re not comfortable trimming your cat’s nails yourself, you can make an appointment with a veterinarian. It’s also essential to provide plenty of appropriate places for your cat to scratch. Place scratching posts in multiple locations around your home so that your feline companion always has an appropriate alternative to your furniture.
If this is not enough, you may want to try applying an anti-scratch product to furniture and carpet. Remember, never resort to physical punishment. If you catch your cat in the act, say “no” and carry your cat to a scratching post. Cats are very capable of learning appropriate behavior.