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Declawing Cats Is Harmful – Try This Instead

Getting a cat declawed is not a nice thing to do.

The procedure actually involves removing the bones, at the tip of a feline’s toes; which can result in long-term issues, such as trouble walking, and chronic pain.

A study now reveals that declawed cats are seven times more likely to pee in inappropriate places, four times more likely to bite people, three times more likely to be aggressive, and three times more likely to over groom themselves.

Study author, Nicole Martell-Moran, is a Texas veterinarian.  She says, “The result of this research reinforces my opinion that declawed cats with unwanted behaviors may not be ‘bad cats,’ they may simply need pain management.”

The pet-doctor urges people to try to train their cats before they resort to declawing them.

Martell-Moran suggests you get a scratching post, and position it near your cat’s favorite sleeping spot, or near the furniture it likes to scratch the most.

You should then cover the post in catnip, to make it more attractive than the sofa.  And reward the cat with a treat (or some petting), each time it uses the post.

If your cat scratches the sofa, just say “no,” firmly, and relocate the animal to the post.  She says you should talk to your vet if the problem persists.

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This is my Oreo.  Not de-clawed…  but he’s still a lovable trouble-maker…

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