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5 Fast Facts About Your Cat's Claws

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats, claws )

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Did you know your cat walks on his fingertips? We drop the science behind those cute little daggers.

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Christeen A (368)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:17 am
Thanks for the facts.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:37 am

People should have a good solid scratching post, or they might claw furniture. If they do, use the juice of fresh lemon in a mist sprayer on furniture. Cats do not like the smell of lemon and will find another place to scratch, but they do need to scratch something.

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:03 am
Good tip Kit.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:34 am
And it's a fact that those little hooks are sharp!! I don't trim my cats nails ~ their job is mousing and playtime means climbing trees. They're all respectful and well-behaved so they scratch trees or their scratching posts ~ and never, ever hit me!

. (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 10:47 am
People always wonder why I get so pissed when I hear of them declawing their cat.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:44 am
Good info. Cher. It is good to check your cat's claws once in a while to ensure they aren't growing too long and doubling back into the paw. This is more likely in older cats where the claw becomes thick. They need a trim then.

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:37 pm
Cats who claw too much should wear booties for a while, not be declawed. Teach the cat to restrict its clawing to specific allowed items, then you can cease using the booties and still have an intact cat.

Malgorzata Z (198)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:49 pm
U nas na szczęście declawing nie jest popularny, raczej kupuje się drapaki. Moje koty czasem drapią meble i nie pomaga sok z cytryny, ani odstraszacze dla kotów, trudno muszę to przeżyć. Nigdy nie usunę im pazurków.

Dianne D (490)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:41 pm
Interesting facts. The better vets, the ones that really care about the animal and aren't in business just for the money, will not declaw a cat. My vet refuses to do it.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:46 pm

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Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:48 pm

. (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:29 pm
Interesting stuff-thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:42 pm
Thanks Cher.

Vicky P (476)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:08 pm
thanks, that was interesting

Liz NO FWDS G (70)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:32 pm
Noted,i have five elderly rescue cats that are indoors and have I have their claws trimmed when too long and get caught in my clothing or throws.I would never have any cat declawed as its cruel.They also have scratching posts.Thank you Cher for this interesting post.Liz Xx

Kathy Crews (71)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:55 pm
Some of the old school vets will still preform this surgery still today. Otherwise I believe that most vets have given up this terrible practice.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 10:07 pm
Very informative. Let's hope all cats will keep their claws and live naturally. No more de-clawing.

Patricia H. (440)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 11:56 pm

Barbara V (51)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:48 pm
I don't believe in declawing under any circumstances. Cats have claws for nature's reasons and nobody has the right to remove them. A cat can be trained to a scratching post, but don't get those little puny ones, get a big, tall one with places to sit or sleep on it. They love them things!!!!!!!

Carol H (229)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:45 pm
noted and I agree with Barbara V!!! I have 8 babies and they all have their claws!!! no shredded furniture either

Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:57 pm
Noted Thanks Cher

Sara P (57)
Tuesday June 18, 2013, 7:53 am
Thanks Cher for sharing and thank to Kit, I didn't know about the use in this way of the lemon juice, I thought was the orange......
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