Recently, the issue of declawing cats has garnered attention and created a debate on whether or not the procedure is safe for pets or even necessary. Here at Somerset AMC, declawing cats is a routine service that we offer to pet owners who choose that option. While any surgical procedure can involve a certain level of pain, we have developed a compassionate and effective pain management plan that is implemented preoperatively.  Because of our surgical techniques and pain management protocols, our furry patients are able to heal more quickly. If you are still unsure of whether declawing your cat is the right decision for you, we’ve compiled a list of possible alternatives.

Alternatives to Declawing

For a variety of reasons, some individuals choose not to declaw their cats. If you are a cat owner who is searching for a solution to deal with their cat’s indoor scratching behavior, here are some possible alternative methods to dealing with that troublesome behavior:

  • Provide your cat with other scratching solutions. This can take some time and patience, as different cats often like different kinds of scratchers–some prefer ones they will need to stretch and scratch vertically, while others prefer ones they can scratch along the floor. Some like cardboard scratchers, others prefer sisal coverings. It’s worth it to find the one your cat prefers.
  • Place furniture protectors over the areas your cat is drawn to. As this is not usually an attractive option, it is usually a temporary one to consider while sorting out what alternative scratchers your cat likes.
  • Use a pheromone spray. Along with sharpening their claws, cats scratch in order to mark their territory. Synthetic pheromone sprays that mimic the cat’s own pheromones can help to calm them and reduce the need to mark through scratching.
  • Consider vinyl nail caps. It can take cats a day or two, sometimes longer, to get used to them, but they can be quite effective if used properly.