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1) Training
Training is the key! See below, for more explanations and you really should try any one of those. Some are marked as a note for training required. (:note:) You can use a water spray bottle to discipline your cat, through it is not requirement. It may work on some felines, and you have to be sure that your bottle is settled to low or widen spray level.

2) Trim a feline's claws regularly
This deviation has a great tutorial for triming a kitty! Please click to take a look! It's really simple. I appreciate ElementalSpirits for clear and well written! Thank you, ElementalSpirits!

By the way, it has be done for once or twice a week, depends on how old they are. If it is a kitten, it's twice times a week, and if it is an adult or a senior cat, it's once time a week.

3) Types of scratching posts :note:
You can try scratching objects for your cat's claws. There are many kinds of scratching posts: Scratching posts, mats, logs, softwood boards, sisal ropes, corrugated cardboards, and much more. Any cat owner should encourage their pets to frequently use scratching posts whenever they scratch something they're not suppose to do that.

4) Old furnitures :note:
You can use some of your old stuff and/or furnitures as such like a chair, a rug, a couch, or other objects. Train your cat by repeatedly show it to "claws on" things where it can scratch something.

5) Covering for furnitures or objects
You can try a thicken blanket on or a kind of covering for any of your things. Which will make it difficult for your pet to get a good "grab" on something.

6) Nail caps as known of SoftPaws[a] and Soft Claws[b]
A non-toxic and safe nail caps, and it’s easy to use. It can be used on cats of all ages. You can visit their websites for more information. See [a] and [b].

7) Rewards :note:
You can use various rewards whenever your cat responses to play time, praise, correct areas for "claws on", catnip, and etc.

8) Playtime
Believe it or not, boredom can lead to more scratching behavior. So, it's wise to have a time to play with your pet family. It could be for 15 or more minutes of playtime per day.

9) Cat toys
It's same apply to above. Scratching toys can be handful. iPad, iPhone, and other similar devices do work, too.

:star:) Here's the list that provides over 50 declaw-free solutions that you can try few or some of those.



:heart:) Adopt a declawed feline as your new family member
According to those studies, 90-80 million pet cats in the USA[src1][src2], but it is so difficult to determine how many cats are declawed. So, it roughly estimates about 25 to 45 percents are declawed felines. [1][2] That means twenty-two and half to forty millions cats! Clearly, there are so many cats lost their claws to declawing. So, some kitties are dumped at animal shelters or fosters because they didn’t expect their pets have new health issues after the nasty amputation. They just don’t know what to do with the whole new problem, so their answer is to abandon their pets instead of seeking more solutions for them.

Those poor kitties now don’t have any family! If you want a cat but do not want its own claws, please consider adoption as it’s first thing you really should try. They really need a loving home that they deserve for. Importantly, please do not buy any feline from local pet stores at all. Why? You should learn about kitten and puppy mills.

If you adopt a cat or kitten, I’m sure he or she would appreciate your wise choice! :heart:

Sources
[1] So. Cal. Vet Med Assoc. Pulse. 2009 Nov:4
[2] J. Am. Vet Med Assoc. 2001 Oct 1;219(7):932-937



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:dalogo:) What is a declaw?
de·claw [dee kláw]
1. remove claws of animal: to remove the claws from the paws of an animal
2. disable somebody or something: to remove the power, authority, or force from somebody or something
:bulletblack: The acerbic comedy has been declawed by the demands of network TV.

Source: Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

The number one, see above, is mainly what we are against. Because it is a serious mutilation, and it is really amputation as it does cut a feline's toes off from its front paws.

:dalogo:) Who provides declawing?
Mostly, the declawing is preformed by licensed and, sometimes, unlicensed veterinarians. In nationwide USA and Canada, it is almost all states allow declawing, however, some regions or local cities whose doesn't provide declawing as they reject it. There is an anti-declaw website that is called, www dot declaw dot com. That is where you can find a local veterinary that will not perform the amputation at all. It’s a well trusted and informative website, and you should give a try! =)

Be warned. Sometimes, pro-declaw veterinarians may disagree with the anti-declaw view. They may try to convince you to declaw your own pet(s)! It’s wise to prepare yourself if you are planning to go to a local vet. It’s important that you yourself have to be well informed first before you can start a discussion. You should expect it may get heated up, so be careful. If they can’t understand and/or respect your view, then it’s better time to leave a place. There is no point to continue a discussion, anyway.

:dalogo:) When and where did it invent the declawing?
The declawing was inverted in mid 1960’s[src], through it seems it doesn’t say anything where it was. I think it was legal some decades ago when the mutilation was inverted. I’ll keep looking for some answers whenever I have my time.

While it is a lack of historical evidences we have, the declawing is largely acceptable in both USA and Canada. There is very first ban on the mutilation is West Hollywood, California. After the very first ban in April 2003, those eight Californian cities followed the city. [src] Fortunately, the declawing is not common at outside of USA and Canada.

There are over 30 countries are disallowed the vile amputation! Most European countries[src] are forbad declawing, through they accept medical benefits if an animal has a kind of skin diseases, or its paws have a poor deform that is caused by burnt, torture, accident or etc. There is not only Europe whose oppose to declawing, those are another countries whose disallowed it for the same reason. Here’s the list of illegal declawing in countries:

Argentina, Australia[src], Austria, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, British Columbia, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel[src], Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom[src] and Uruguay, and many more.

(NOTED: I'll add valid sources to this list, see above, whenever I have a time. )

:dalogo:) Why do they declaw their felines?
Those are reasons for declawing: 1) convenience; 2) ignorance; 3) laziness; 4) do not bother to try another declaw-free solutions after two or three times tries; 5) to view a feline as an object/decoration; 6) a family relative or friend has pro-declawing bias; 7) to obey a private apartment or house property's rules; 8) a veterinarian's recommendation.

So, basically, a holistic veterinarian, Jean Hofve, said: However, declawing is not being used as a medical procedure. Instead, it is a behavioral "quick fix."[src]

:dalogo:) How does declawing work?

Please click these pictures, here and here. They are too big images on this group’s front page, but you can see how they explains well.

Unlike most mammals who walk on the soles of the paws or feet, cats are digitigrades, which means they walk on their toes. Their back, shoulder, paw and leg joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves are naturally designed to support and distribute the cat's weight across its toes as it walks, runs and climbs. A cat's claws are used for balance, for exercising, and for stretching the muscles in their legs, back, shoulders, and paws. They stretch these muscles by digging their claws into a surface and pulling back against their own clawhold - similar to isometric exercising for humans. This is the only way a cat can exercise, stretch and tone the muscles of its back and shoulders. The toes help the foot meet the ground at a precise angle to keep the leg, shoulder and back muscles and joints in proper alignment. Removal of the last digits of the toes drastically alters the conformation of their feet and causes the feet to meet the ground at an unnatural angle that can cause back pain similar to that in humans caused by wearing improper shoes. -- www dot declawing dot com

So, now you know how feline’s natural claws do work. Now, let's make it clear that declawing is the surgical amputation all or part of a feline's third phalanges as known of toe bones and those are attached to its claws.[1] Truthfully, most procedures are done on front paws only, but sometimes, its claws can be removed from all of its paws. Yes, all of them![1] The surgery could be done by using scalpel blades, surgical lasers, or sterilized nail trimmers.[1][2] Be warned, if it leaves only part left of the phalanx that is removed from the claw, then it would, occasionally, regrow itself.[2]

Notably, some cat owners want to have both declawing and spaying or neutering (or both if they have more than one feline) at the same day.[3]

There is an another similar surgery that is called, tendonectomy or tenectomy. A feline’s toes have tendons. So, when its toes’ tendons are cut, the cat will not able to control its own claws. But, it could have a risky chance of abnormal claw growth and muscle atrophy after the procedure. Be noted, the procedure doesn’t always protect people from being scratched.

You can read for more information about how declawing does work:
:bulletblack: Declawing: A Rational Look
:bulletblack: Physical Consequences of Declawing
:bulletblack: Chronic Pain of Declawing
:bulletblack: Non-Graphic & Visual Videos by The Paw Project (See FAQ: Is declawing with a laser better? What about tendonectomy?)


[1] Tobias KS. Feline onychectomy at a teaching institution: a retrospective study of 163 cases. Vet Surg 1994; 23: 274-280
[2] Martinez SA, Hauptman J, Walshaw R. Comparing two techniques for onychectomy in cats and two adhesives for wound closure. Vet Med 1993; 88: 516-525.
[3] Atwood-Harvey D. Death or Declaw: dealing with moral ambiguity in a veterinary hospital. Soc Anim 2003; 13: 315-342.


:dalogo:) Is there any recovery for after declawing?
Yes, there is a treatment that reduces the pain from it: Relief for Declawed Cats. It's worthy read! I'll add more information whenever I have a time to do so.




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Meiwakuna-Baka-16 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate declawing, ear cropping and tail docking.
What's up with removing dewclaws though?
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Princess-Neko-ChanXO Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My mom declawed my cat without my permission. I'm still really pissed off about it.
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TeamOogie Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
I am pro-claw forever! My 2 cats and my dog have all of their claws. If you care about "expensive furniture" to the point where your "pet" has it's "fingers" cut off to protect said furniture, than you shouldn't have a pet at all!
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Casandraelf Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i'd rather be injured by my kitties being overenthusiastic than to cut off what's essentially their 'fingertips'
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QueenieSeas Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Some pro-declaw nonsense [link]

[link]

She blocked me, by the way.

Person's a coward.
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KellyCatson Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013
I am and always will be pro-claw and anti-declaw!
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kisekinokami Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What are the cons of decrawing a dog/cat/ other...?

Honest question, I'd never head of anything really wrong with it...
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LadyLuck89 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't declaw your cats!! They may be meanies now just imagine how they can be once a digit of their finger is removed!!! You'd be a beeotch too. lol :)
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KittenHuffing Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Derp, sorry for not responding to your request to add my stamp in a timely manner. D: I would have allowed you guys to use it. Sorry about that!
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NJSWolfLover13 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is sad to know they don't use medicine to put them asleep while they declaw them,I am so against it!
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