After settling your cats into their new home, you feel like a proud pet parent. You want to spend every moment possible with your beloved feline companions. You can’t help but stand back to admire your beautiful indoor cat enclosure or cat trees. You love the cat tree house and other accessories that you’ve carefully purchased. Despite all these positive aspects of cat ownership, it won’t take long for a few negatives to start creeping up.
For many cat owners, their pet’s claws are one of the most frustrating aspects. They soon become tired of their cat accidentally scratching them or intentionally clawing up the furniture or blinds. Your first instinct may be to have your pet cat de-clawed. But this is a huge mistake. And here’s why:
- Claws help your pet climb. Every time you see your pet scamper up his cat trees or cat tree houses, he is using his claws. Claws help your pet grasp the surface of the cat trees and propel himself upwards. A de-clawed cat may experience greater difficulty climbing and jumping.
- De-clawing is extremely painful. If you think de-clawing is similar to trimming your nails, you are highly mistaken. Instead, it is massive surgery that has a long, painful recovery process. Your cat may lie listlessly in his indoor cat cages or outdoor cat enclosure for weeks on end. Any type of pressure, such as walking, jumping and clawing will cause intense pain after surgery.
- De-clawing may initiate litter-box problems. Whenever your pet climbs down from his cat trees or cat tree houses to use the litter box, he will need to use his paws. After reliving himself, your pet will instinctively use his paws to bury or cover up his waste. Such movements will cause a tremendous amount of pain for cats that have recently been de-clawed. Your cats may start to associate the pain they experience with the litter-box itself. Before long, you may notice that when your cats come down from their cat trees or indoor cat cages, they aren’t making it to the litter box in time.
- De-clawing makes your cat vulnerable. Your pet’s claws are his most-effective means of self-defense. You may think that because your cat spends most of his time in his cat trees or indoor cat cages that he has no need for his claws. But even indoor cats get outside once in a while. Without his claws your pet will be helpless when confronted by an aggressive dog, a larger cat or a wild animal.
Allow Your Pet to Enjoy His Cat Trees
By allowing your cats to keep their claws, you will be helping them enjoy life. With their claws in fact your cats will be free to climb up and down their cat trees with ease. They’ll be able to amuse themselves with their cat scratching posts and have fun shredding their cat toys.