I am having a dilemma, ever since we got Mercedes(exotic shorthair) from the shelter, my fiancee' has been in love. She is declawed. It is the first declawed cat we have ever owned.(She was that way when we adopted her). But our other cat Asha, who is two, is destroying everything in the house. We made her be an inside kitty when we moved but she is destroying everything. My fiancee' wants to get her declawed too. She doesn't want outside or even try, so I am not worried about that. We have tried keeping them trimmed but that doesn't do much at all, we even tried those nail cap things and they didn't stay on for the life of me. We have tried squiting water and other mixes but she loves to be wet and really could care less about what is on her. or what it smells like. She is destroying everything. She ruined a $2500 couch and $800 chair and we have claw marks and scrapes on alot of the corners of our walls. We have 4 cat scratchers and I try to get her to use them but she could care less, we even tried putting catnip on it and it made it worse! She just scratched things up faster. We are running out of options and I do not want her to be a outdoor kitty, and I do not want to get rid of her. Any other ideas? Or do you think that this would be an exception for declawing? I am running out of ideas and my house is getting ruined! Please help!!!!
I don't because the cats usually have free roam of the house, we don't have any 'extra' rooms. My cats main area is the laundry room but Asha prefers the couch and chair and walls. The walls are going to be very expensive to replace because of the way she did it, it cannot just be filled in.
i think declawing is up to the owners. i think the relationship with the cat is the thing to think about, and i agree too that it is better than having a cat wind up in a shelter. sounds like you've really tried to not do it, and the destruction is really effecting things. i don't think it is that bad to do.
Yeah, we Love Asha and would never put her in the shelter. We adopted her from the shelter. She was literally up to be euthanized and I wouldn't give her to them, she was very young and very pregnant and I couldn't let them do that to her and her babies. None of her babies made it though, I think there was something wrong with them. But we adopted Asha almost two years ago. She will be three in February. At the very least, we would rehome her but I can't do that and that is why I thought that declawing her might work. I know it is drastic but I can't give my cat away. I called the vet. It is going to be $105. That is for everything, there is no office visit fee. And she would have to stay there at a minimum of over night, possibly two to three days because they like to watch them and not send them home to early. My vet is very good and I trust them alot. I have to talk to my fiancee' some more but it looks like this might be an alternative to rehoming her.
if i may make a suggestion. well two really. ask your vet to keep her 3 nights instead of the typical 2 nights and ask if he sutures the feet closed. on cats older then a year the surgery is a little more bloody then a younger cat and it is a longer healing process. keeping a cat in the hospital 1 extra night and suturing the paws will be better for asha. minimize any post surgery problems she may or may not have.
I think declawing is not a good idea it is very painful for the cats, I have three 3 cats and I thought about it because they were tearing my house apart. The vet suggested that they show me what happens when they declaw a cat and I could have cried it was horrible. Ask your vet to try plastic covers on their nails which should work. But hey it is your decision.
i dont thnk u should declaw ur kitty because even if they r an inside cat, if they get out theyll have no way to defend themselves. on the other hand, u probbly shud if theyre ruining everrthing! but i wouldnt just in case. my cat doesnt have a problem, she just has this poof thing from morrocco that she has absolutely ruined(it was pretty expnsive) and we just let her have it after awhile. now we just hide it whenever anyone comes over ;)
u could also put clear plastic covers over the parts where asha claws ur couch the most. my friend has that and it workds really well (theyre just like little folded sheets of plastic you put on the corners)
We have tried those and we even tried the scat mats. Nothing works on this cat. I am starting to think she may not be all cat? She is something stubborn, like a Chow or maybe part Donkey? I am not sure. With the plastic things she just scratches somewhere else. She loves to tear up the carpet, we had to put our heirloom rug because I didn't want her to ruin it. Plus like I said earlier, it is not just the couch, it is also the walls and the chair(she scratches up the seat of the chair) plus pretty much anything else she can get her claws in to. My Kitchen Table! She has almost shredded the leg. This cat is like a fuzzy Freddy Kruger, it is a good thing she has a sweet personality or I would be afraid to go to sleep at night!! lol
That is the worst part, her nails are kept as short as I can get them but it makes her scratch more! She gets her nails clipped 1-2 times a week! Isn't that pathetic?? I love this cat but man, she is a handful.
Ho wold is your cat? Have you tried to spray her with water in a spray bottle...as we all know cats hate water. I have been were you are all my three cats destroyed my sofa's and then went to the carpet...I used to have holes in the carpet where they would sharpen their claws. Bu they eventually got tired of me chasing them with a spray bottle.