|Purred: Fri Jul 26, '13 5:17am PST |
|I'll try to help. There can be issues with declawed cats. As you know, declawing is a amputation procedure so the cat can have pain in its feet, particularly in the litter box. They also can have behavioral issues since their first defenses have been removed. They can be scared or bitey. That said, every cat should be given a chance and a reputable rescue will let you do a "foster with intent" so you can see how the cat behaves in your home before signing any adoption papers.
With regard to fur, yes, stress can cause excessive shedding. Some cats just naturally shed more than others and obviously long hair is more visible when it sheds. But a good diet and daily brushing can cut down on shedding tremendously.
For furniture, make sure your cat has both vertical and horizontal scratching posts. Use double sided tape on any furniture that looks tempting until the cat uses his posts exclusively. Yes, it's possible to keep a nice house with cats!
Last, if you adopt a kitten, consider taking a pair. Kittens are very high energy and having a playmate will help save your house and your sanity!
Hope this helps!
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