Hello, we have three great cats, two of them are brothers and exhibit the same behavior. They are about three years old and declawed (adopted them that way). They never scratch or use their claws or bite, except when jumping into or out of our laps, they extend their rear claws about half of the time, of course leaving lovely scratches through our clothing. We tell them NO and tap their paws when they do this, but I guess they don't understand.

How can we train them to keep the claws in (its not like theyre slipping and scrambling around to get up or down). I suppose we should have tried to train them out of this when they were young, perhaps it's too late. We keep their claws clipped but it still hurts and scratches us up. I guess the blood is a small price to pay for their love Emotion: smile.
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on 10 Feb 2004:
They are about three years old and declawed (adopted them that way). They never scratch or use their claws or ... train them to keep the claws in (its not like theyre slipping and scrambling around to get up or down).

Rear claws don't retract like front claws so it isn't like a behavior you can train. You can only keep them clipped.

Cheryl
Trapped like rats. In a chia-pet.
MIB II
If it's a real problem you might want to try Soft Paws. They are vinyl caps that fit over the nails.
WHello, we have three great cats, two of them are brothers and exhibit the same behavior. They are about three years old and declawed (adopted them that way). They never scratch or use their claws or bite, except when jumping into or out of our laps, they extend their rear claws about half of the time, of course leaving lovely scratches through our clothing. We tell them NO and tap their paws when they do this, but I guess they don't understand.

How can we train them to keep the claws in (its not like theyre slipping and scrambling around to get up or down). I suppose we should have tried to train them out of this when they were young, perhaps it's too late. We keep their claws clipped but it still hurts and scratches us up. I guess the blood is a small price to pay for their love Emotion: smile.
"Cheryl" (Email Removed) wrote in message > Rear claws don't retract like front claws so it isn't like a behavior you
can train. You can only keep them clipped. Cheryl Trapped like rats. In a chia-pet. MIB II

that's interesting, i figured it was something they have control over since i watch them pull the claws in when they want and sometimes they put them out to push off and sometimes they dont. 'tis ok, i can live with it (he says as he rubs his latest lacerations)
on 10 Feb 2004:
that's interesting, i figured it was something they have control over since i watch them pull the claws in when ... off and sometimes they dont. 'tis ok, i can live with it (he says as he rubs his latest lacerations)

They are only "flexing" them. Emotion: smile It is a clear indication on how infused a cats claws are to their digits.

Cheryl
Trapped like rats. In a chia-pet.
MIB II
How can we train them to keep the claws in (its not like theyre slipping and scrambling around to get ... still hurts and scratches us up. I guess the blood is a small price to pay for their love Emotion: smile.

My theory is that the cats don't realize that clothes cover flesh. My cats don't grab skin, but don't hesitate to grab clothing. You could go naked, I suppose, to avoid the problem.
Hello, we have three great cats, two of them are brothers and exhibit the same behavior. They are about three ... it still hurts and scratches us up. Iguess the blood is a small price to pay for their love Emotion: smile.

I have an almost 14 year old female cat, Tiger. Old age seems to have really caught up with her the last few years, as she now extends her front claws whenever she jumps onto something. My bed mattress is pretty high and the claws always come out for that - I can hear them scraping along the bottom sheet. Most of the time she remembers to go to the foot of the bed and jump on the trunk there first, instead of going straight for the bed.

She also extends the claws when she wants in my lap. She extends the claws when she decides that she wants in my lap, while I'm sitting on the toilet, with bare legs. That is not fun. So now when I see her coming, I just bend down and scoop her up so she doesn't have to jump. I don't see her all of the time, so accidents do happen. Unfortunately I usually make a noise, which freaks her out, and the claws go in deeper as she tries to get away.

Liz
My theory is that the cats don't realize that clothes cover flesh. My cats don't grab skin, but don't hesitate to grab clothing. You could go naked, I suppose, to avoid the problem.

I think this is true. They also don't understand that our skin is tighter than theirs, so it rips easier.
My cat, Maynard, does seem to understand clothing somewhat. He knows he can only chew my bare wrist, but he can bite hard if I have my heavy jacket on. Unfortunately, he thinks a sweatshirt is the same thing as a jacket, so he doesn't understand that one hurts.

Then there is my other cat. She is 11 years old, and she still hasn't learned that biting my bare skin is not allowed. She bites hard and will not let go. Not even if I scream. Maynard is at least apologetic and lets go if I react in pain.
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I have an almost 14 year old female cat, Tiger. Old age seems to have really caught up with her ... the foot of the bed and jump on the trunk there first, instead of going straight for the bed. '

My older cat does this too. he used to jump, now he puts out the claws and climbs.
She also extends the claws when she wants in my lap. She extends the claws when she decides that she ... usually make a noise, which freaks her out, and the claws go in deeper as she tries to get away.

I am luckier with the bathroom. The tub is next to the toilet, so he will jump on the tub and then step over. If I see him coming, I just pick him up. Anything to save him a jump. He's 17, and he's earned the special service. He also asks to be picked up. He will put his front feet and then kind of jerk his body forward slightly like he is going to jump, but his feet don't move. Looks like a half-assed attempt at a jump. It means, pick me up, I can't do it.
I did have a recent bad experience with a bathroom visit. Chase, a 3 year old kitty, had his front feet on me, and the hind feet on the tub, only he was standing on my jeans on the tub. They slipped, he panicked, and I have a lovely line down my hand (might be permanent - it's been a month, and the line is still very obvious), and I have a matching line on my thigh.
Also, never let the cat put his feet up on the roll of toilet paper if he is still in your lap. Maynard did that many years ago. It rolled, and I ended up with two sets of tracks down my thigh. Most of my cat injuries have been Maynard, and all accidents. Oh, the stories I could tell.
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