When we think of "Declawing", we think of what a nice treat it would be if our stuff didn't get all scratched up like hell. And we wouldn't even have to worry about very young toddlers yelling because of Cat scratching. I know when I finish playing with my cat I have many lacerations to show for it. You can keep your stuff Cat scratch free by using a few simple methods to curb this behavior. Declawing your Cat isn't one of them. Declawing a cat only hurts them, not help you.
So much so in fact that, your cat will hurt long after the surgery, (yes SURGERY) is completed. Can you imagine having the toe tips of FOUR feet cut off and then having to manage around the house. They don't just cut off the potion of the claw where the sharp part is. They cut off the whole first portion of the cats toe. Think you could pick your nose if you had to sacrifice the entire tip of your finger? How about all of them. And even your toes too. Think you could stand balanced as normal? Its even illegal in some parts of the world. There is a better way. Give your cat something to scratch up. Like one of those carpet towers made just for this reason. They can get expensive so make your own. Just nail some 2X4s together and nail carpet to them, and VOILA! Kitty Kingdom!
Put a flat part on top so kitty can watch over their domain. Another way is to fill a spray bottle with water and set the tip on "stream". A short blast of this weapon is like a bazooka to a cat. Just enough to make a point. There is a site on the web where you can get soft vinyl tips for kitties claws. They glue right onto the claw nail to softly "round" the claw. In about five weeks or so they simply fall off.. Well worth a try. Lastly, clipping the cats claws is best. If that duty comes with too many injuries remember, You only have to clip the front ones. Cats dont shred the furniture with the back ones.