A tremendous misconception, declawing cats is generally thought to be a safe alternative to having shredded furniture. However, this is not the case. It is inhumane.
The process has been botched many times by enexperienced people at pet centers and pet groomers. Veterinarians are more experienced but the process is nevertheless, inhumane as it is major surgery which actually removes the entire joint of the fingers. It's enormously painful and leaves your cat deformed and completely defenseless in case of an emergency where he/she may accidentally become loose or lost outside, need to escape a treacherous situation where they need to climb out of a harmful space, etc.
Spray repellants may work, although personally they've been as much or more repulsive to me as well as the cats. However, if you can find one that isn't too objectionable, give it a try.
Simply train your cat not to scratch your furniture. Yes, training a cat is easier than training a dog, but be sure to offer an alternative place for them to scratch as the process is important for their muscular system not to mention defenses.
Offer any of a vast selection of scratching posts, whether homemade of carpet mounted on a tall, stable wooden post, carpeted door hanger, or cardboard edges held together inside a shallow box, or visit your local pet supply store for more.
For over 30 years our cats have never been declawed and we have beautiful furniture. It just takes a little training and encouragement which is a completely pain free and safe alternative.
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