To Bathe, Or Not To Bathe

There are some conflicting views on the issue of giving cats a bath. Usually there is no great reason to bathe your cat especially a short-haired indoor cat. Cats spend a large percentage of their days grooming themselves by using their rough, barbed tongues. To remove dirt, odor and the elements, they lick dirt and debris off their fur. Long-haired types may require the occasional bath if their fur gets too oily from climate conditions and the individual tendency of the skin of the cat. Breeds of hairless cats like sphynxes, should have a weekly bath, because their skin can get greasy and dirty. A bath for a cat may be a necessary experience if they get into some dirt or oil, or have an unfortunate encounter with a skunk, heaven forbid!

cat licking AIt’s actually a myth that all cats do not like to be in water. Well, I suppose there are cats out there that will never allow a bath, but interestingly so, there are some that will accept the occasional bath and some that actually love it. Below are some basic preparation and steps to bathing your cat.




Have these items ready for your cat’s bath, as you do not want to have to run for a forgotten supply, after the bath has commenced:

  • Cat-friendly shampoo
  • Comb
  • Towels
  • Brush -for long haired cats
  • Pitcher or pouring container for rinsing
  • Rubber mat to prevent slipping in basin
  • A friends to help you

Your choice in cat shampoo will depend on the needs of your cat. If it has ultra sensitive skin and coat, a vet prescribed product may be in order. It is wise to follow the directions carefully. Make sure to use a good quality “tearless”, cat shampoo to prevent irritation on your feline’s body or sting his/her eyes. A good product is Only Natural Pet, Easy Defense Herbal Shampoo which is safe and gentle.

Steps to Bathing Your Cat

Step 1

Fill the sink or tub with approximately four inches of warm water. Be sure to check the water temperature before placing kitty into the bath as you certainly don’t want to burn your animal friend.

Step 2

Catch your cat! A cat who enjoys baths will no doubt cooperate and will go willingly into the bathroom, or wherever you are choosing to clean up. On the other hand others who are new to the procedure will be terrified and try to flee, sensing that something’s up. It’s best to be in a room with a door that closes to prevent an escape in a soapy, sudsy form. And remember to keep your cool, speaking softly and sweetly, so as to not stress out your cat.

While using both hands with a firm grip, gently and slowly lower your cat into the basin. Meowing and yowling at this point are normal. Just continue moving forward.

Step 3

If you would like to cover the cat’s ears with a kitty shower cap, and the cat will tolerate it, it can be put on before wetting the cat. Thoroughly wet your cat’s fur, avoiding your the face as much as possible. The saturation should be down all the way to the skin of the animal. At this point, gently apply some, not too much, shampoo on the skin and begin to rub and massage it into the fur creating a good lather in the process. You may want to use a soft toothbrush for a deeper scrub if needed.

Set 4

After a thorough lather and wash, it is now time to rinse off the suds. This can be achieved with using warm water poured out from a pitcher or by using a hand-held faucet nozzle with mild pressure. Thoroughly rinse off all of the soap. Do not leave any residue. If you do not completely rinse the cat from the soap an irritation could flare up on the skin, causing stomach problems.

Step 5

As a final cleansing step, you may want to wash your cat’s face. This can be simply done with a warm wash cloth without any soap added. A gentle motion will give him or her a stimulating massage. And it goes without saying that you should never spray you cat’s face with water or solution, or force dunk any cat’s head or face under water.

Step 6

After the above steps have been completed remove your sparkling clean feline from the basin and wrap him or her in a clean warm towel. Make sure there are no drafts and there is adequate licking b

Blow drying your cat’s fur is an option, but runs a risk of scarring the animal with the noise from the machine. Safely blow dry on a low, low setting, to prevent burns on the sensitive skin. It’s best to skip this all together if the entire bathing episode has been a trying one for the cat. Once your feline buddy is completely dry, give him or her a nice brushing or combing of the fur.

Completing the Ritual

It is perfectly normal for the cat to start licking its fur immediately after you’ve finished all your hard work!

Bathing one’s cat is not for everyone. Keeping calm is key to help your furry pal through the process. Talk in a soothing, sweet voice of reassurance. This will help you get through the steps and will create a positive experience to allow future bathing. Introducing the bathing ritual at an early age also makes things easier for an adult cat.




Do you bathe your cats regularly? Tell your stories in the comments below. Thanks for reading



One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel – Product Review

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Product: One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel

Product Dimensions: 48″ diameter wheel, 10″ width tract wheels

Materials: 100% recycled plastic

What’s In the Box: track parts, wheel parts, 2 wheel rollers, leopard foam coverings, wheel covers, rubber mallet

Styles: Different styles to choose from: Black, Leopard

Price: $204


What happens When Boredom Strikes?

You get unhappy, energy built up, hyper cats! That’s what I have encountered many times with my cats, who are indoor/outdoor cats. When they are unable to go outside due to the weather or in my absence there seems to be a planned mayhem. Crazy running and rants are underway, yowling of discontent or frustration (they are all spayed and neutered), scratching with intensity on their posts, antagonizing each other, starting fights, begging for food without any real hunger, the list goes on and on. What does a cat guardian do in this situation?

Yes, there are lots of toys that can be used for distraction, as any cat owner has in their arsenal. But cats have a tendency of getting bored. They need interactive toys if you are not able to play with them. As I have blogged before, I am “all-in” when it comes to an interactive toy on the market.

For Everyone

One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel marries the interaction play and the exercise needed for a cat. It can be used by all ages of cats, and any size or weight up to 25 pounds. That is quite a range and a great selling point for those that have many cats ranging in age, breed, and size. The One Fast Cat exercise wheel is of distinction in this category because of a number of points.

  1. It is easy enough to assemble it by one person.
  2. It is lightweight for moving
  3. It’s wheel is covered with protective EVA foam that is a practical and comfortable cushion for cat’s paws.
  4. There is longevity and design improvements in the product, since it’s launch in 2014.


The designers, of the exercise wheel put a lot of thought into the physics, mechanics and convenience of the entire package. Now, there are those that will choose to make their own cat exercise wheel, unless you have the know-how, the materials and the time, the onefastcat wheel is a lightweight product made of recycled plastic. It is a reasonably priced item, and easy to put together.

How To Use

As this strange, large object may be daunting for an animal at first, there are ways to entice your reticent cat to jump in and on the wheel! If you have a cat that is not sure how to keep the wheel going you can use a laser light for it to chase or its favorite toy to jiggle a vit higher up on the wheel. Seeing an item that is worth chasing will enact the cat into running and the wheel will start spinning. Some cats know what to do right off the bat, others are not so sure. Each cat can go at it’s own pace either at a high speed, leisurely walk or anywhere in between. The cat will either jump off when done or stop moving it’s legs. Watch the videos below to see some cat’s reaction to the wheel.



The One Fast Cat wheel has been on the market for a couple of years and is now in its 4th generation of production. So this is good news for consumers. This exercise wheel is being fine-tuned over a period of time. As noted in the video (watch above) parts to the wheel are larger and wider for less construction, and prevention of wheels coming off the track. Sean, the creator/designer of the product is very much involved and is found in one of the videos in this blog. So as a buyer one can have confidence in this product as being safe and good entertainment and exercise for your cat family.

In summary

The best reasons to purchase a One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel are:

  1. Provides play and exercise challenge in one
  2. Cats of all ages, shapes and sizes can use it
  3. construction is very easy
  4. the price is right
  5. there is a 60 try it out and return if you are not satisfied
  6. product is always being improved with it being in its 4th generation
  7. active involvement from original inventor
  8. safe product

Do you own a One Fast Cat Exercise Wheel? What is your review of this products? Leave your comments below.

Product Review – Cat Toy – Cat’s Meow/Undercover Mouse!!

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Product: The Undercover Mouse or Cat’s Meow Interactive Cat Toy

Price Range: 15.00 to 25.00
Place to buy: Amazon
My Rating: 8 out of 10
Batteries Required: 3 AA Alkaline
Parts: plastic wand, wand attachment accessories, nylon cover, base motor





As the guardian of a young cat I was in need of an interactive cat toy that would keep the animal busy for a while. I have noticed that my cats like to try to catch wiggly things that are lurking or hiding from them. They jump and lunge to grab the mystery item under a rug or sticking out from under the sofa. Well, I found something that keeps my cat occupied and activated for a long time.

The “Cat’s Meow” or also known as the “Undercover Mouse”, is an interactive cat toy that moves a wand that is attached to a motor in the middle. The wand is covered by a sheath so most of it is hidden except for its red tip that is visible to the cat. It’s an oldie-but-goodie toy, that many cat parents have purchased.

The motor mechanism needs 3 AA batteries for operation. I recommend alkaline batteries for this high draining item. The base that holds the wand and motor measures approximately 8″ or 20 cm in diameter. The yellow nylon cover measures approximately 24″ or 60 cm in diameter. The cover can get damaged as the cat plays with its claws and teeth while grabbing the moving wand so replacement covers are available for purchase.

Fun To Watch

The wand spins around under the nylon sheath, teasing the cat to grab it, attack it, and catch it. This is a fun toy to watch in use by your cats as it is interactive to a high level. You can challenge your cat by choosing from four different motion settings. These settings include slow, middle, fast and random. I am partial to the “random” category just because it makes my cats move in fun directions, and they get to use their agility a bit more. There also are attachments that can be added to the wand to keep things interesting, including a feathered tip, and a mouse tail.

I thought this was going to be a great attention holder for my youngest cat Hunee, who is about a year old. It has proven to be true, but my older cats have jumped in on the fun and love playing the game as well. Just be aware that the savvy cat who can grab the wand fast enough, can also pull it out of its holding pin. It can be bit taxing to have to re-fasten the wand when it happens repeatedly. I recommend gluing the part into its position to avoid having to frequently re-connect it.

A “Must-Have” Toy

“Undercover Mouse” cat toy is a “must-have” item in my opinion for any feline household. It distracts cats of all ages and is easy to store as it comes apart and collapses fast and easy. The cost is reasonable for about $25.00 you can’t go wrong with giving your cat something for energetic play, and to keep him occupied on an indoor day or when you can’t be playing together.

Do you own an “Undercover Mouse” toy? Do your cats enjoy it? Leave your comments below.

Alternative Cat Litter – Many Options Today

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Cat litter. Not a very exciting topic, but the question does come to mind if there are any alternatives to the store bought, and commonly used clay litter. And why should this topic even be considered? There are a variety of reasons listed below.

1. Cost: As a cat(s) guardian, you probably know the high costs for cat litter all too well.
There are alternatives to those products that are much more economical.

2. Regular clumping clay litters are not bio-degradable: Clay cat litter can remain in a landfill for years not breaking down and degrading.

3. Unsafe chemicals: Traditional clay cat litter contains chemicals that are not exactly safe for you or your cat. Silica dust is one of the by-products that comes from clay particles and should not be inhaled as it has been linked to upper respiratory problems in humans and cats. In “clumping cat litters” sodium bentonite is mixed in. If a cat ingests  it can cause gastrointestinal distress that in some cases can lead to death. Also, the clay commonly used can be derived from environmentally destructive strip mining.

4. Messy: Clay litter will track all over your house because of the particles that adhere to your cat’s paws.

The good news is that there are alternatives these days.

I have listed some alternatives, for a safer household and an eco-friendly experience.

Great Choices

Frugal eco-conscious cat owners can repurpose everyday throw-away items to make their own cat litter. These would include sawdust and newspaper. (See below)

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DIY Newspaper Litter – 1. Shred newspaper in a paper shredder and collect it in an unused litter box.
2. Soak the paper in warm water mixed with a few squirts gentle, biodegradable dish soap. The shredded paper takes on a cooked oatmeal consistency. The paper won’t come completely clean, but the water will turn grey.
3. Drain the water (an old colander works wonders) and repeat the soaking process minus the soap.
4. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the wet paper. Knead it in to the mixture (you might want to wear gloves to avoid getting ink on your hands).
5. Squeeze the remaining moisture out until it’s as dry as you can get it.
6. Crumble over a screen and leave to dry for a few days.
7. Once it’s dry, put about an inch and a half to two inches of the paper crumbles in the litter box. Scoop solids daily and change it once a week. It takes about a half an hour to 45 minutes to make a 2-3 week supply of litter.

To see how to use shredded paper for kitty litter watch this video.

  • Stove Wood Pine Pellets or Horse bedding – This is my preference as an alternative cat litter. These tiny pellets, are compressed wood shavings and they are very economical in price for around $5.00 for a 40 pound bag! Feline Pine is a branded equivalent but more costly.

  • Saw Dust – Besides being inexpensive, saw dust is easy to handle, lightweight has a pleasant odor, and is biodegradable and compostable.

  • Wheat Litter: This product keeps odors at bay through the power of
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    natural enzymes in renewable wheat crops. It has low-dust and therefore low-tracking in the house. An added bonus is its category of biodegradable and compostable. An example brand is SwheatScoop Natural Wheat Litter.

  • Corn Litter:  This is not as economical a choice for an alternative litter, but it is beneficial for your cats
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    in its ability to easily clump and therefore easy to clean out of the box. Its clumping characteristic closely mimics that of clay litter. It also can be dust creating and doesn’t control odor as well as other alternatives such as wood pellets. Some brands include:Benevo Cat Litter, World’s Best Cat Litter, SwheatScoop Natural Wheat Litter.


Do you use an alternative cat litter listed in this article, or do you have your own system? Leave a comment below.

Advantek GFA Catch & Release
Live Animal Trap Review – Rescue a Cat

trap imageProduct: Advantek GFA Catch & Release Live Animal Trap
Price: $29.99
Best Place to Buy: Tractor Supply
Large Trap Dimensions: 32″x 12″x 10″
Small Trap Dimensions: 24″x 7″x 7″
Warranty: Lifetime
My Rating: 10 out of 10

If you are going to rescue a cat that you see running around your area, you are going to need a safe way to trap it, both for you and the animal. An effective and humane trap is the Advantek GFA Catch & Release Animal Trap sold at Tractor Supply.

This fully assembled trap that measures is ideal for containing stray cats, but also can be used to rescue raccoons, woodchucks/groundhogs, opossums, armadillos, and other animals in this weight and size range.

A Bonus!!


It is a great deal with its bonus small trap that comes with the larger trap. These dimensions are best suited for catching and releasing chipmunks, squirrels, flying squirrels, rats and weasels, for relocation of the animal.

Having had the experience of capturing feral, and non-feral cats, I have found that this trap is just what I needed to get the job done. It has a step trigger in the rear of the cage. I entice the animal with food in the back area of the vessel, and the release works well to slam shut without a possible escape or injury.


The design of the trap, with its smooth edges prevents harm to the animal, which is what is preferred when catching a scarred animal such as a stray cat, that needs to be rescued and re-homed.

Storing the Advantek live animal trap is also easy enough, as it is lightweight enough to hang on a shed or garage wall through one of its mesh openings. Cleaning it can be done by hosing it down and letting it drip dry or pad it down with a rag. I have not experienced this item to rust in any weather. With its lifetime warranty, I don’t have to worry, although it has proven to be very durable and is thus a great bang for your buck!
I know I will be using mine for many years to come, for my cat rescues.

Have you rescued a cat to re-home or keep as a new family member? The Advantek Live Trap may be for you! Leave your comments below.


Do You Need Pet Insurance?

Pet insurance is an investment that can be the right answer if you want to be prepared for serious medical emergencies for your pets. Some believe that a simple savings account is enough to accommodate the unexpected, but some would encourage otherwise.

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“It’s puzzling why we are a nation so in love with our pets, yet so slow to embrace the concept of pet insurance,” says Kristen Lynch, executive director of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA), the consortium representing the voice for this pet industry.

But when a pet medical emergency strikes, just how financially prepared are you?

A Wise Choice

Pet insurance reimburses more than 80% of vet bills and includes great packages to make sure your pet lives as long and is happy as it could be. In view of this, here are a few reasons why getting pet insurance is a wise choice:

  • Allows you to pick your veterinarian. Unlike human health insurance policies that may require you to use a specific health care provider, pet insurance policies allow you to obtain care from the veterinarian of your choosing. You simply provide the veterinary bill to the insurance company for reimbursement of qualified expenses.
  • Does not discriminate against any breed or age of pet. While it is advisable to obtain pet insurance as soon as you adopt your pet to obtain lower premiums, you can also insure your pet years later.
  • Provides an easy way to budget pet care costs. Pet insurance policies can be paid monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. You decide which payment plan works best for you. Most plans offer discounts for additional pets in the household.
  • Prevents dipping into the family’s emergency fund. You can set up a pet savings account, but it can be tough to discipline one’s self from dipping into this designated account when you face life’s monthly expenses or other major unexpected ones.
  • Veterinary cost is rising. Today the average vet bills can get as high as around $500 to $3000 depending on your pet’s illness. While vets claim this inflation is a result of development in drugs and medical technologies, many pet owners can’t afford this price. Because of this many pets die of sickness or are not given proper medical care. Pet insurance gives you financial solutions from these pricey vet bills and helps you take good care of your beloved pet.
  • It can cover third-party liabilities. Got a an overly friendly dog that likes to run around and tear up other people’s yards? Many pet insured policies cover third party liabilities that will help you refund expenses if your dog ever wrecks someone else’s property or injures someone accidentally. This will help you cover the cost of expensive property damages.
  • Pet insurance offers flexible packages. You can buy a package that will fit your needs and your budget, choosing an annual maximum package, deductible, or reimbursement percentage for services such as veterinary exams, surgeries, therapies, breed-specific conditions and dog care.
  • It can cover your pet’s hereditary condition. A lot of pets suffer from serious health problems and congenital conditions during their lifetime. Some of these conditions are inherited or are caused by severe inbreeding. In this case, it is recommended getting pet insurance as early as possible. Many pet insurance providers include age limits or restrictions that may require you to pay an extra fee.
  • It can help you find your missing/stolen pet. Many pet insured policies cover the cost of advertising for your missing pet. They also take the responsibility of placing a reward for returning your lost or stolen pet. Today, there are many pet trackers that can also be used to track your pet’s location which is handy if your pet goes missing or is stolen.
  • It helps you save. If you have pet insurance, you can refrain from using your family’s emergency fund or your travel savings. This will save you thousands of dollars of unexpected costs in times your pet gets severely injured and may need surgery. Aside from injuries, pet insurance also covers various illness such as cancer, upset stomach, and diabetes.
  • Pet insurance coverage could save, and extend the life of your pet. It enables you to authorize the medical treatment your pet needs should he develop cancer or require surgery.
  • It delivers peace of mind. Just like any other kind of insurance, pet insurance gives owners peace of mind by making them prepared for any unfortunate event that may befall their pet-like sickness or accidents. It also allows them to choose the best medical treatment available so they never worry about their beloved companion’s health.

Do you have pet insurance? What do you think about the coverage you have for your pet? Leave a comment below.

Great Cat Scratching Products

Scratching for a feline is an essential part of their nature and health. They will carry out this behavior to remove sheaths on their claws for growth and to posture in a stretch that helps their spine. Cat scratching does not have to be a detrimental and damaging episode for your furniture or other possessions.

There are many cat scratching products being sold on the market. Variables in these items include height of posts, vertical or horizontal orientation, free-standing or adhering to a wall, sisal posts or cardboard gripping.

I have composed a list of some basic and some more creative type of cat scratching aides. Depending on your budget or fancy, you will find the right one for you and your cat(s).

1. Lounging Cat Scratch Hollow

This ergonomic and stylish scratching hollow is on the higher end of products, but will last a long time. It has an appealing design that blends in with furniture. It is made of dense, sturdy cardboard, and therefore, can support larger cats. It can be mounted on the wall and cut down as is it used, over time.

2. Tall Sisal Plank Scratching Post

A durable product of durable sisal carpet on a high post, this is one of the best scratching posts. It has a large wooden base to help prevent tipping and with it’s 32″ in height, it’s taller than most posts, for adult cats to get a full stretch.

3. CatostrophiCreations Sky Track

If you have more than one cat and you have the space, this cat scratching post and wall mounted jungle gym is a great choice! It provides your felines with scratching on a long post and offers comfy resting hammocks and climbing fun, with this gym. It also allows your cat to climb to heights that they both enjoy and feel safe. They also come in different structural designs for you to fit into your home.

Can Cats Suffer From Anxiety?

Does your cat seem restless or is it becoming overly vocal? If you have experienced these behaviors with your cat and others listed below, it may have an issue with anxiety. It  can be a real problem as animals areanxiety cat also known to suffer from the pressures of daily life. We have only to look at zoo animals to understand the issues of anxiety in non-human species. It is something to be taken seriously for the health of your animal family member.

What Are the Signs ?

Below is a list of behaviors that your feline can exhibit if it has anxiety.

  • Hiding
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Excessive vocalizing
  • Changes in elimination habits
  • Compulsive behaviors or Excessive grooming
  • Aggression
  • Health changes
  • Lethargy
  • Depression
  • New destructive behaviors
  • Trembling
  • Restlessness

If you have ever had an anxious attack, you know how unpleasant it can be. Relating that scenario to you cat is helpful in trying to find the best way to treat the anxiety. Eliminating the cause of the anxiety is the key to helping your cat, and preventing more severe trauma. It can manifest as severe depression, and it can develop into behavioral problems.

What Are the Causes?

cat hidingSince your cat cannot communicate the problem, begin to investigate by making a list of what triggers anxiety in humans. The same things that stress you out could be the same for your feline. Like you, a cat can be prone to stress from changes in routine, uprooted situations, being left alone too long, or with the addition of a new animal family member, or the loss of one.

Although, it can be a long process to find out the root cause of the stress for your cat, your feline family member’s health should be a high priority. Some approaches to try include, using different toys for stimulation, and different diets for better nutrition. Maybe altering your activity schedule away from home is necessary as well. The following is a partial list of what the causes could be.

  • Separation from family members
  • No activity stimulation
  • Lack of exercise or play
  • Phobias
  • Inadequate diet
  • A hidden health problem
  • Inadequate living environment
  • Changes to the daily routine
  • Stress from another pet
  • Loss or addition of family member or cat

Ultimately, your cat’s well being rests in your ability to help it through its anxiety. Persistence is key to rule out any underlying cause. Medical intervention through your veterinarian may be needed such as a calming medication. However there are other products on the market that can be used to help calm your cat such as calming collars, calming mists, anti-anxiety supplements, calming cat chews, stress-relief coats, and natural remedies, such as catnip.

Like humans, some animals are naturally prone to stress and some have serious struggles with past traumas. These cats may need the assistance of a veterinary behaviorist or anti-anxiety medications prescribed by a veterinarian.

Be aware of behavioral changes in your feline to ensure that it is happy and healthy.



Alternatives to Declawing

Cats like to scratch. It’s part of their nature. But the scratching does not have to be destructive or forbidden. To avoid the issue of having your darling kitty damage your property, try these easily accessible provisions for your cat.

Scratching Post

A scratching post is the most basic of equipment any cat guardian should have in their home. These posts, which come in a variety of sizes and shapes can be found at any Walmart or pet store. The scratching post should be sturdy, not shaky, and tall enough so your cat can raise its paws above its head and stretch its body while digging its claws into the surface. It should also have a strong base that will not tip when it scratches. It’s also a good idea to place scratching posts in multiple locations of your home. Dangle a toy or sprinkle with catnip to get your kitty interested.

Scratching Cardboard

This is a simple product that is very affordable. It’s a corrugated cardboard on the floor in a horizontal position. It can come with a packet of catnip to entice. Great for the kitty that doesn’t like vertical posts for scratching. Or use it as a supplement to the scratching post.

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Double-Sided Tape

This double sided tape, is known as “Sticky Paws.” This special product has an adhesive that does not damage the furniture, but is a repellent to the cat’s sensitive paw pads.


Make the object undesirable for scratching. This may be as simple as throwing a thick towel, fleece or blanket over the arm of the sofa. A cat will prefer woven upholstery because it is resistant and allows him or her a better grip.

Padding for the Paws

A replaceable soft plastic caps for the claws called “Soft Paws” may be a good solution. They adhere with a safe glue and last only up to a certain point. Please ask your veterinarian if he/she feels this is right for your pet.

Nail Trimming

Regular nail-trimming is another approach if your cat will tolerate it. This will keep the claws blunt and minimize the damage that the feline can do to fabrics, furniture, and fingers.

Giving Encouragement and Rewarding with Praise

To introduce your cat to any of the scratching alternatives, speak to your kitty in a pleasant, encouraging tone. For example, stand over the post and pat it, calling your cat by name. Try rubbing or scratching the post with your nails. Stroke your kitty’s back and follow through to the tail, applying slight pressure. This motion causes many kitties to raise their front paws to the post.

Or if you are going to trim you cat’s nails, approach kitty in a soothing, restful state. Practice with getting the cat used to having it’s paws touched before attempting clipping.

Giving your kitty lots of praise and love when she or he scratches in the approved areas and manner, will continue to solidify good scratching behavior, and will strengthen the bond that you both share.

There are a few individuals who will always declaw their cats, even though it is inhumane to the animal. Their own convenience and the safety of their belongings is their top priority, and whether or not it causes suffering to their cat, is not a significant concern. If this is the case, then cat ownership should not be a consideration for them.

Fortunately, there are cat owner’s who care about what is best for their feline companion. If you are one of these wonderful people, spread the word of the harmful long lasting pain and effects of this brutal procedure. Educate, not mutilate.

“The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights is opposed to cosmetic surgeries and to those performed to correct ‘vices.’ Declawing generally is unacceptable because the suffering and disfigurement it causes is not offset by any benefits to the cat. Declawing is done strictly to provide convenience for people.”
The Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR)

Declawing, the Reality of it All

When I was a little girl we had “Kouklo”. My Siamese cat. He was a beautiful dark, seal point, with a kink in his tail and he was blue eyed–not cross-eyed. I remember him like it was yesterday. Coming home from school my mother surprised me with this little kitten in a box. I was overjoyed and thus began my journey with my best friend.

Mother was the one to keep things on track with the cat. The litter box, the food purchasing, the vet checks, the neutering and the declawing. I actually remember the day he came home from his declawing ordeal. Mother warned us to leave him alone because he was healing. I never gave it a second thought that this was wrong, but rather it was just part of the scheme of things, so that our indoor cat would not rip up the sofa or curtains, not that he ever showed any inclination to do so.

Today’s perspective on declawing a domestic house cat has brought about some heated discussions and different lines of thought. Is it the right thing to do?

Investigating this topic has brought me to the decision that declawing one’s house pet (cat or dog) is not right, nor is it humane. This perspective is now at the forefront of feline and canine care so that many veterinarians are not carrying out these surgeries any longer. It is old school and is considered unhealthy, and greatly inhumane for the cat. If you are being told by a veterinarian that this surgery is standard, or of no concern, you are being lied to.

Why are claws important to cats?

Declawing is pretty much an American thing. It is a surgical procedure people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England declawing is termed “inhumane” and “unnecessary mutilation.” In many European countries it is illegal.

The claws of a cat perform a number of vital functions. When it scratches different surfaces, a cat is creating a visual and scent identification mark for its territory. There is also a psychological comfort through kneading, helping the animal climb to safety or to secure a high vantage point. Also a cat’s claws help the it fully stretch his back and legs. A declawed cat never experiences the head-to-toe satisfaction of a full body stretch.

A pet owner’s decision to declaw their cat may be based on more myth than fact. Here are common reasons people choose to proceed:

  • To protect the furniture or other items in the house
  • Unwillingness or non-belief a cat cannot be trained to refrain or redirected from scratching
  • To stop the cat from scratching its owner, children or other humans
  • A friend or other family member’s cat is declawed and seems fine
  • Have always declawed family cats
  • The veterinarian has recommended it as a standard procedure
  • Misinformation or uninformed about the actual surgery and its brutality
  • A cat that uses its claws is demonstrating normal behavior

Facts About Declawing

Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat’s claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered, that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat’s claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat’s “toes”.

  • Declawing a cat is very painful.
  • Declawing is major surgery.
  • Declawing is illegal in 14 countries
  • Declawing has dangerous side effects for the cat
  • “Onchectomy” surgery amputates, (yes, “amputates”) the entire last joint toe (marder) of the paw
    This surgery is the equivalent to having the tips of a human finger cut off at the first joint below the fingernail.
  • The amputation is conducted by either a guillotine nail cutter or with a scalpel blade that dissects the two bones.
  • A surgical glue fills the hole left behind, with its bonding ability and is the paw is covered in bandages before the anesthesia has worn away. The layers of bandages are removed before going home.
  • The glue does not always remain intact so that painfully re-gluing is necessary without anesthesia;
  • The cat will have several days of walking difficulty.
  • Some cats are found to thrash around in their holding cage at the vets post-surgery due to excruciating pain. Some cats huddle in the corner, helpless in overwhelming pain.


  • Re-growth: A cat’s claw can re-grow years after surgery
  • Pain: The cat will endure lots of pain and/or phantom pain, in one or more of its toes, throughout its life.
  • Joint Stiffness or “Frozen Joints” because the tendons that control the toe joints retract post  surgery.
  • Litter box Problems: Declawed cats may have more litter box problems than clawed cats. Households with cats refusing to use the litter box may spend thousands of dollars replacing drywall, carpets, and sub-floors to repair urine damage.
  • Biting: Some declawed cats do seem to “notice” that their claws are missing, and turn to biting as a primary means of defense.
  • Change in personality: A friendly, delightful kitten may become a morose, fearful, or reclusive cat, never to recover its natural joy, grace, and love of exploration.
  • Death: There is always a small but real risk of death from any general anesthesia, as well as from bleeding or other surgical complications.

Watch the following video as Dr. Li, of Singapore, speaks out against cat declawing. Warning some parts of this video are graphic.

Countries that have Outlawed Cat Declawing or
Consider it Extremely Inhumane

  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
  • Italy
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • Slovenia
  • Brazil
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Serbia
  • Montenegro
  • Macedonia
  • Slovenia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Bosnia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • Israel

There is plenty of information out there to educate one’s self on the brutality of declawing.
Watch the video below and follow the link.

The Paw Project – follow this link for more information.

Keeping Your Cat Healthy – Aiding In Its Need to Scratch

Except that your cat’s health is dependent on its need to scratch. Provide it with a proper sisal scratching post or box. Also on the market are claw caps and claw trimmers.

You must be willing to work with your cat to maintain healthy scratching activity.
1. Provide an irresistible scratching surface.
2. Praise your cat when he/she uses the appropriate surface and scold when claws are used inappropriately.
3. Trim your cat’s claws.

Read about helpful devices to aide in your cat’s necessity to scratch here.