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    ALTERNATIVES TO REMOVING YOUR CAT’S CLAWS

    CAT DECLAWING ALTERNATIVES

    Your cat’s wellbeing is important to us, which is why Globalvet veterinary clinics stopped performing elective declawing in January 2019. Instead, we can help you learn to live with kitty’s claws. Read on for advice and solutions that are better for your feline friend.

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    CAT CLAWS: ESSENTIAL TO THEIR WELLBEING

    Your cat’s claws are an important body part they use to:

    • Climb
    • Mark their territory
    • Communicate
    • Balance
    • Dig
    • Defend themselves
    • Hunt

    (Although self-defence and hunting are less of a factor for house cats, obviously.)

    WHY NOT DECLAW YOUR CAT AND SKIP THE SCRATCHING?

    Because when you remove a cat’s claws you take away a critical component of their physical and mental development. We now know declawing causes more harm than we thought. Imagine if someone removed your fingertips…it would drastically impact your quality of life, wouldn’t it? It’s the same thing with your kitty’s claws.

    Our technicians and veterinarians have a better alternative: helping you learn to live with your clawed companion. It’s just a matter of changing your cat’s behaviour (and your own).

    LIVING WITH YOUR CAT AND THEIR CLAWS

    When you live with a cat, you get to know how they behave and what’s normal for them. At the same time, your feline friend learns to adapt to your home and lifestyle. Part of that is learning to keep their claws to themselves and off your furniture!

    SCRATCH MARKING

    SCRATCHING: A NATURAL, HEALTHY BEHAVIOUR

    To maintain their physical and mental balance, your cat needs a healthy outlet to engage in normal feline behaviour like scratch marking. This everyday behaviour helps cats:

    • Sharpen their claws and remove any frayed parts
    • Communicate and convey different kinds of information to other animals

    Cats also use their claws to:

    • Grip things and stretch their muscles
    • Defend themselves and keep a potential threat at bay

    But sometimes scratching can be excessive, which may indicate high anxiety or stress or a lack of stimulation in your cat’s environment. Talk to your Globalvet veterinarian for advice.

    IS YOUR HOME CAT-FRIENDLY?

    CONSIDER THEIR CLAWS: A SIMPLE WAY TO KEEP THINGS PAWSITIVE

    Your cat needs a scratching surface with an agreeable texture and in a location where they like to scratch. If they don’t have a safe space to act on this natural animal instinct, they’ll take it out on your:

    • Sofas
    • Cushions
    • Mattress
    • Table

    Consider getting kitty one or more cat scratchers to prevent this.

    CLAW MAINTENANCE

    CAT CLAW CARE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A NAIL-BITER

    You show your hands and nails some TLC from time to time, right? Well it’s important to do the same thing for your kitty’s claws. Your cat may keep them clean, but it’s up to you to trim them every two weeks or so or as recommended by your Globalvet team.

    CLIPPING YOUR CAT’S CLAWS

    You can bring your cat into the clinic to have their claws clipped by an animal health technician or do it at home using nail trimmers. Make sure you and your cat are in a comfortable position before you begin. Try not to restrain your cat. Offer treats as a reward. To learn the basics of handling a cat, check out our video on the topic (in French).

    Not sure how to proceed? Ask your Globalvet veterinarian or technician for advice. They’d be happy to give you some helpful tips. You may also want to watch our video on clipping a cat’s claws (in French).

    USE CLAW CAPS

    Claw caps are another solution to the scratchingproblem. These are small vinyl covers that are glued to your cat’s claws. The procedure can be done in one of our clinics or at home. Your Globalvet team can provide more information.

    MORE IN STORE

    Our stores carry claw caps, nail trimmers, and cat scratchers…and that’s just scratching the surface!

    Find everything you need to live contentedly with your cat and their claws in our clinics.

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