|Purred: Mon Sep 29, '08 11:13am PST |
|Oh, and if clawing furniture concerns you , please do NOT declaw your new kitty!
Declawing is a painful procedure where each toe is cut at the joint to remove bone, nail, and nerve. It leaves the cat without a major defense, and declawed cats are more sensitive on their toes and often times have premature joint and bone problems as they age.
We need our claws to help us stretch out our limbs! Nothing like a good stretch. We also need our claws to climb - a declawed cat that happens to get outside cannot defend itself or escape!
Make sure to buy a lot of different types of scratching posts and material for your new kitty/kitties. Petco and Petsmart sell a lot of nice cat furniture, with cubbyholes and stuff for us to climb!
My housemates and I also like cardboard scratching posts, and our human meowmy has a few different ones for us scattered around the house.
There is also something called Soft Paws, and also Soft Claws, which are plastic nail caps you can put on a cat's nails, to prevent scratching.
As far as two cats being more work, it really isn't more work caring for two than one. Two cats will keep each other company, whereas an only cat will be lonely during the day when you're not home.
Edited by author Mon Sep 29, '08 11:14am PST
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