are soft paws safe/effective/painful for my cat?
should i puchase them? my dad wants to declaw (he fears the claws >.>) and i dont want to but i need to do something?? help plss?
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Soft Paws can help prevent damage to furniture, etc., but they do come off as the claws grow and have to be replaced regularly. Please tell your dad that declawing is not just removing the claws, it's amputating the toes at the first joint. It's painful and changes the way a cat walks, which can cause arthritis later in life. Declawed cats often develop an aversion to the litter box because their paws hurt and frequently become biters because their first line of defense has been taken away.
If your cat is scratching people when he plays roughly, he can be trained not to do that. Go to the cat pages at about.com or the ASPCA behavior pages to learn how to train a cat to play gently and to use a scratching post. Scratching posts are extremely important - scratching things is a natural cat behavior and should not be discouraged. he just needs to learn to scratch the right objects.
Monster answered on 9/10/12. Helpful? / 1