Veterinarian has the Humane Solution to Cat Scratching Problems, As Featured on ABC News, Fresno, Calif.

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You love them, but sometimes your cats can cause problems by scratching furniture, floors or even you. So whatÂ?s 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.

You love them, but sometimes your cats can cause problems by scratching furniture, floors or even you. So what’s 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.

“Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery” says Dr. Schelling. “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 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.” 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 cat’s owner.

One product is Soft Paws®, a patented nail cap that works for both cats and dogs. It’s 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. Homer’s owner said “They slip right on, easier than I thought. It fits on perfect! It doesn’t go too far up and it doesn’t look like it hurts him.”

Dr. Schelling doesn’t just market Soft Paws; she is also a Soft Paws customer. “I 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 SoftPaws® 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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Andrew Lofts

Schelling Veterinary Services

1.800.989.2542

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