Quick Cat Tip of the Day: Even a Declawed Cat Can Enjoy Scratching

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Cats love to scratch.  It’s in their nature.  It’s their instinct to go around wanting to scratch things.  That’s why scratching posts were invented.   But declawing cats is another subject that might make one wonder what happens to that scratching instinct when the claws aren’t there to scratch anymore.   Declawing a cat is entirely up to you but know that it might cause a fair amount of stress in your cat even long after surgery.

Your cat might bite.  Your cat might chew on things more.   Some cats even fear for their paws being touched.   However if you can get over the hump of all this there is a silver lining.   You can train your declawed cat to use a scratching post.   Pam Johnson Bennett says there are three things you need to do.

1) get the right kind of post, 2) put it in the right location, and 3) reward kitty when she uses it. For multiple-cat homes, get more than one post. Cats have preferences, so it may take a little trial and error. Observe your cat to see what she likes.

So there you have it.  Even your declawed cat can scratch!

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