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Q: Cat Scratch Fever

June 7, 2009 | By Anonymous | 9 answers | Expired: 1947 days ago

Anonymous

Howdy

I have 2 cats, Lily and Dakotah. Lily isn't declawed yet because I am super broke and I caught her scratching in my brand new apartment...(with a $200 deposit per cat). I want ALL of my deposit money back. What are some creative ways to keep her from scratching the door frames? I can't afford to get her declawed so does anyone have any creative, cheap ideas to keep my munchkin from scratching?

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a w.
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Jun 14, 2009

you can trim the claws. my cat is declawed and i only did it because i have small dogs with bug eyes and didnt want any accidents to happen, well my mom had her cat declawed and they used laser and the cat was fine walking everything so i had my cat declawed it was a nightmare they didnt use laser they did it old school and cut them out i felt so bad that i had did that to him. he didnt get infected but it was seeing it and he didnt want to walk for the first day. so if you can find some good toys and clipers to clip the nails i would do that as far as a designated place they are going to scratch everywhere because they have scent glands in their paws and by their face thats why even declawed they still act like they are scratching its marking scent.

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Jillian
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Jun 09, 2009

declawing cats is illegal in many countries, and for good reason - its inhumane.

* its amputation of the first digit on their paws, which is very painful.

* the wounds from the amputation can get infected.

* it can cause permanent nerve damage.

* they can't rest their paws, they have to walk on them everywhere - and imagine getting cat litter in an open wound.

* w/o their claws, cats feel vulnerable - which can lead to lifelong nervousness or aggression.

ways around declawing are to have designated areas where your cat is allowed to scratch {b/c they should have something} and deter them from your stuff by using a citrus spray on the surfaces and shaking a jar of pennies, w/o them seeing you do it, when you catch them in the act. if your cat isn't a big scratcher, you can try soft paws. but never ever ever declaw a cat. i foster cats and i always ask people if they would consider declawing before i adopt to them - if they say yes, the adoption ends there.

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Catluver19
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Jun 08, 2009

Cats need there claws! It is there way of marking there territory! One thing you could do to keep your cat from scratching the door frames is at almost any local grocery store, in pet sections, you can find sprays that are all natural and are designed for only animals noses. The oder is not smellable in all areas of the apartment and will definitely keep your cats away from your door frames. Good luck :)

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Norrie
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Jun 08, 2009

Don't declaw your cat! My last 2 were strictly inside cats and I stupidly had them declawed, one cat was fine but the other one limped slightly all her 12 years. I don't know for sure if it hurt her to walk but my guilt was is still there. I've heard the carboard or sisal ones are great, you might want one for each cat, some are territorial and some won't use a scratching post or board if it smells like another cat. I have a friend that doesn't say NO but uses the phrase "Leave It", said very firmly when her pets are learning to not do things.

Be patient & consistant!

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kevinskats
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Jun 07, 2009

There are lots of good ideas on here for you so you don't need to save money up for another declaw...a win/win situation for both you and your cat! I have found that if you give cats something better to scratch on like the cardboard scratching pad or a good scratching post, they will chose that instead. I haven't had any luck with the spray...but I hven't tried all of them yet either. Clipping claws regularly is good advise and also gives you some one on one time with your cats. Good luck to you on it. Worst case scenario....hang something in front of your cats favorite scratching door frame to keep him from it.

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Julie
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Jun 07, 2009

You can try to trim their claws, also there are caps that fit over the claws, they really don't work that well so wouldn't advise buying them, but invest in cat scratching posts...
It is very painful to remove claws from a cat....
When my murphy "powers up" as i call it, he has his own rug, and cat scratch posts....

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Prevost1580
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Jun 07, 2009


Declawing is CRUEL!!! How would you like it,if I cut your fingertips and nails off?!

You need to return the cats to whoever you adopted from. Like lions,tigers and all felines,housecats "scratch" it's in their nature. Get a scratching post trim their nails every two weeks or don't have cats.

Shame on any vet who declaws cats or kittens. It should be illegal-

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Katie M.
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Jun 07, 2009

They sell stuff you can spray on furniture that is supposed to keep them from scratching. I've also seen these things called soft claws. You basically glue them over their nails to protect your furniture. They're completely safe and pain free. You can find either of these things at Meijer, Petco, Petsmart, or probably any other pet store.

www.softclaws.com/

www.softpaws.com/

Good luck!

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Gail S.
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Jun 07, 2009

One of my cats has claws as I signed a contract when I adopted her stating that I would not declaw her. I found that the corregated scratching boards are desirable to cats and fufill their scratching needs. When my cat had begun scratching furniture, I would pick her up and place her on the scratching board. In conjunction with that, you may want to use a spray/mist bottle and spray your cat, when he/she is scratching the door jams and/or furniture. You also want to trim you cat's nails regularly. I've had Elly 3 years now and do not have any problems with her scratching and destroying objects. Good luck!

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