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Can a clawed cat be trained not to tear up the rugs and furniture?

I used to have a cat, but haven't since I bought a house and completely remodeled it. Now the house is done, and I'd like to get a cat again. I don't like the idea of de-clawing - I think it's cruel. But, I now have expensive furniture in the house and also 2 very expensive antique persian rugs. How is a clawed cat trained not to scratch/claw these things. I've always had problems in the past with this.

Answer:

First make sure you have plenty of things available that she can scratch. Its also a good idea to regularly clip her claws on a weekly basis but read up on it a bit so you where to clip too because too far of a clip will injure the blood vessels. After that theres a couple products you can get. There are certain sprays you can put on the furinture that will smell bad to your cat and may deter her from scratching. There's also sticky pads you can put on the furinture that the cat will not like the texture of. You can also get a product called safety claws that are like rubber caps for the nails and she wont be able to scratch with those. If your not into buying any products than get a spray bottle with water that you squirt the cat with whenever she starts scratching and afterwards direct her to something she can scratch. This process may take some time so you have to be ready to stick to it.
Aug 23, 2017
There are covers that you can buy to place over the cats nails, if you want to be bothered with it. One of my cats came declawed from the pound, the other has claws. I take the clawed one every week and pop her claws out and trim them down with clippers, but she is a very mellow and cooperative cat. Other than that, it's very, very hard to train kitties. Try getting a scratching post that smells like catnip so the cat will be encouraged to use that instead of your things. I attached a link to the claw covers.
Aug 23, 2017
Thats tough because its a natural behavior for cats. You can try Soft Paws. Its a product which you glue over the nails. You can do it yourself and it won't shred the furniture. Just make sure you don't trim the nails too short since the super glue needs something to hold on to. Yes super glue. Thats what we use at the vet clinic where I work at. They come in different colors as well.
Aug 23, 2017
I got 2 cats. And they both know how to use da scathing post.all u got 2 do is show it 2 them. After a while they'll know not 2 scracth the rugs but the scratching post.
Aug 23, 2017

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