|Purred: Thu Feb 20, '14 9:06pm PST |
|Unfortunately, the Sphinx mix might not be such a good idea for an apartment unless you have a lot of time and energy to devote to him. Sphinx cats tend to have a LOT of energy, and they're very intelligent, so they need LOTS of exercise and stimulation- that means walks, plenty of things to scratch, places to climb and perch, and lots of toys. A bored Sphinx will find other things to amuse themselves with, and it may not always be something you think is appropriate.
PLEASE do not get your cat declawed. That would be like cutting off the tip of your finger at the first joint, and it prevents the cat from walking correctly, as cats are designed to walk on the tips of their toes(which is amputated when they're declawed), not the pads of their feet, so it can cause major joint issues when they get older.
If you get a young cat, you can work with them to get them used to you touching their paws, so as long as you're gentle and take care not to clip the quick, you'll have no trouble trimming claws.
You should also provide your cat with appropriate places to scratch as well. Expecting a cat to just not scratch is ridiculous. It's part of their nature. They simply need to be taught that their tree/post/etc. is YES and the couch/walls/furniture is NO.
As far as discipline goes, as Claude said, be consistent. Make sure everyone is telling the cat the same thing. Cats can recognize different tones of voice, so that's how I have my cats trained. Don't yell- they'll just think you're being loud- but use a firm tone of voice. They won't catch on right away, but keep at it.
I would also recommend waiting until you've moved into your new place to bring your kitty in. Your cat will have to adjust to a whole new everything, and while it may take them some time to come to you, it will definitely be easier with you there rather than having them there alone.
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