To declaw or not to declaw...
January 7, 2012 11:14 AM Subscribe
My kitty is going to destroy my furniture! I don’t want to have her declawed…help!
First off, let me start by saying I have never been a cat person. I have had dogs my entire life. After my last dog died in June 2011, I moved into an apartment. I really started wanting another dog, but being in an apartment and working full time I didn’t want to have to train a puppy or walk a dog several times a day. A cat seemed ideal for apartment life, however, I’ve always been allergic to cats. A friend recommended the Siberian breed as a hypoallergenic alternative. Long story short, I found a Siberian breeder and went to look at her 6 week old kittens. While I was there, I absolutely fell in love with a little 5 month old, silver tabby female, who the breeder did not have for sale- because she was going to keep her and breed her. The kitty, more or less, picked me and the breeder agreed to sell her to me. The first few weeks we were at home, she was content with her toys and her scratching post. Now, for the last 3 weeks, every chance she has, she scratches my living room furniture! It is expensive furniture and I do not want it scratched! I have tried the kitty claw caps…but she just pulls them off. I think de-clawing a cat is cruel, but I’m at my wits end and don’t know what else to do. Other than the clawing (and the psychotic kitty antics) she is a WONDERFUL pet. She is now almost 7 months old. Help!!!