Scratching is a normal cat behavior that serves multiple purposes, including forelimb muscle stretching, claw sharpening, and scent and visual marking. To prevent cats from scratching furniture, scratching posts or scratching pads are available in a wide variety.
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SHOULD I DECLAW MY CAT?
Onychectomy (surgical declawing) is a last resort. Declawing involves amputation of the third phalanx (last digit of the toe). It’s a controversial, invasive procedure that can have complications. However, cats that undergo the procedure generally have no obvious or long-term ill effects. Having your cat declawed is a decision that should not be taken lightly and should only be considered after other avenues to minimize property damage have been tried.
Source: Dr. Jacqueline C. Neilson, DVM, DACVB