(PRWEB) August 5, 2005
You love them, but sometimes your cats can cause problems by scratching furniture, floors or even you. So whatÂs the answer to cat scratching problems? For many people it is declawing the cat. But to Veterinarian Dr. Christianne Schelling that is not the answer.
ÂDeclawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgeryÂ says Dr. Schelling. ÂYour 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 cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes." When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period.
"And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.Â Declawing is illegal in most countries except the US and Canada.
A veterinarian and cat lover, Dr. Schelling says that scratching is normal behavior for cats and it is the number one problem for cat owners. Dr. Schelling publishes two websites dealing with the problem and providing useful and practical information to cat owners. The sites are http://www.declawing.com and http://www.catscratching.com.
Dr. Schelling now markets unique products that provide safe and humane alternatives to declawing and solve the problem of cat scratching for both the cat and the catÂs owner.
One product is Soft PawsÂ®, a patented nail cap that works for both cats and dogs. ItÂs easy to apply and inexpensive.
Do they really work? ABC News, Fresno, California, aired a news feature on Soft Paws and challenged a consumer to try them on her cat, Homer. HomerÂs owner said ÂThey slip right on, easier than I thought. It fits on perfect! It doesnÂt go too far up and it doesnÂt look like it hurts him.Â
Dr. Schelling doesnÂt just market Soft Paws; she is also a Soft Paws customer. ÂI love Soft Paws and use them on my own cats." For additional information on Soft Paws, including how to apply, colors and sizes available go to http://www.softpaws.com.
About Dr. Schelling:
Dr. Schelling graduated from UC Davis with a DVM. Her company, Schelling Veterinary Services, is based in Three Rivers, California. SVS markets SoftPawsÂ® nail caps for cats and dogs, and has developed uniquely designed scratching posts based on cat scratching behavior. http://www.purrfectpost.com
Dr. Schelling also writes about cat health in her newsletter http://www.cathealth.com
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