Q: What are some alternatives to declawing?
- Put a scratch post by your favorite piece of furniture.
- Use “Soft Paws”. These are like press-on nails that cover the claws. They need to be replaced every 2 months or so.
- Declawing can spawn behavioral problems such as not using the litter box. The litter can be rough on the cat’s sore paws and cause it to shy away from using the litter box.
Q: What are some safety tips to cat-proof my house?
- Keep washer and dryer lids closed.
- Keep toilet lids closed.
- Keep yarn, string, and ribbons out of reach of cat.
- Needles and threads should be stored away.
- Mini-blind strings can be very dangerous to a cat. Keep them out of reach.
Q: Why is it not a good idea to have an “outside” cat?
- Dogs and other predators.
- Antifreeze is deadly to cats and can be found in garages and carports. Your neighbor may not have pets and not worry about keeping harmful substances out of reach.
- Animal Control recovers, and euthanizes, nearly 6,000 cats each year. Many appear to be displaced house pets.
- An outside cat is more at risk to exposure of FIV and Feline Leukemia.
Q: How can I help my cat adjust to their new home?
A: For the first day in a new home you should keep your cat in a room alone with food, water, and a litter box. This allows the cat a slow introduction to it’s new home.