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Re: Cats--progress note

I have multiple of those carpet covered cat tree-type things where the 
cats sleep, but also all 3 (fully clawed) cats sharpen their claws.  I 
have never had any of my cats claw on furniture (with the exception of 
an old futon mattress that likely smelled like something that belonged 
outside anyway).  I've found it takes about a year before cats use the 
cat tree for claw sharpening.  I think they have to have the cats scent 
on them (and stop smelling like new carpet) before they become appealing 
to the cats.


Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center wrote:

>Well, my crips get along awfully darned well without complaint!
>I bought a sissel (sp) covered board for the fully clawed cats to use.  They
>have no interest in it.  Jack, on the other hand, eventually started to rub
>his paws on it vigorously several times a day, every day to leave his scent.
>The two with claws tend to like the cardboard insert on a round toy that has
>a ball on the perimeter.
>The crips catch voles, the fully-clawed cats do not.
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 7:48 AM
>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cats--progress note
>>I'm sure you are giving her a good home and making her life happier.
>>cats, like people, still deserve our love and respect. My sofa
>>has the stuffing hanging out at the back, but I still love my cats and
>>consider a declawed one to be crippled.
>>In a message dated 11/01/2005 2:58:20 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>>judylee@lewiston.com writes:
>>Well, my cat was declawed before she moved in. I agree it's a horrible
>>& I would never have a cat declawed. But, I won't turn down a lovely kitty
>>just because someone else mutilated her. It is nice not having to worry
>>about her shredding the "new" sofa.
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
>>To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>>Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 12:08 PM
>>Subject: Re: [CHAT] Cats--progress note
>>>Jim, I have found a pair of siblings to be a really good choice several
>>>times.  I enjoy having more than one cat, but our pair of sisters are
>>>the most fun.  Kittens aren't nearly as hard to civilize as puppies, and
>>>I think they adapt more readily than older cats.  Good for you about not
>>>having a de-clawed cat!  I think that's totally brutality - can hardly
>>>to people who I know have de-clawed cats.  I always feel sad when I have
>>>a nice cat spayed - there will never be any more from that particular
>>>strain - but a non-spayed female does present the obvious problems.
>>>Sounds to me like the pair of kittens is just what you need.
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