|Purred: Thu Feb 11, '10 4:19pm PST |
|She is still a kitten - it takes time to train! My cats sometimes prefer vertical clawing, sometmes horizontal. All depends on their moods. They learned what they're allowed to scratch - all they need is a "scratch the kitty stuff, leave the people stuff alone". They do.
Please don't declaw - declawing mine is one of my big-time regrets. It is amputation of the nail to the knuckle; painful and unnecessary. When I worked as a Vet Tech (mid-'80s) my Vet told me to get them declawed or I would regret it. I knew nothing about cats so I did. At first I was ok with it, but as each cat got older she had trouble jumping up because there was nothing to hold on with, and she'd fall . The older she'd get the harder the fall. Not having nails also changes their balance and puts undue strain on joints not designed for such unbalance. Declawing Dallia made her a scaredy-cat. Declawing is illegal in several European countries and I think also in California.
My new cats are not declawed (not even trimmed nails), because I enjoy watching them stretch and scratch. Pixi dances | +_ on the steps - it's so funny to watch!
HappiCat is learning to contain her excitement at treattime - she tries to pull the treat in quicker (with her nails - ouch!) than I'm willing to give it to her (training!).
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