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I have a one year old cat. He's very playful and wild. I have scratches all over my arms, hands, legs, and face from his little "play" attacks. It's hard for me to get truly angry at him, because he's just playing...he doesn't mean to hurt me so much. And it REALLY, REALLY hurts I'm sure my neighbors have heard me scream in agony when he's dug his razor sharp claws into my skin.

I really don't want to declaw him! But if I don't figure out what to do, I'm going to HAVE to get rid of him, despite how much I love that little guy. There's no way I can continue this. I am always even worried about having people over, because he attacks my guests!

I've only seen one declawing alternative online...I believe it was called SoftPaws. This also concerns me, because I can't imagine my cat letting me put these things on his claws without massive bloodshed. But if people have truly found sucess with SoftPaws, I could try to find a way.
Does anyone know about SoftPaws? Or any other declawing alternatives?

THANKS!!! Your responses are much appreciated, I'm in a really bad situation here, because I love my cat, but I can't keep him if I don't find a solution!
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I'm sorry if this got posted multiple times, I keep getting an error message. I have a one year old cat. He's very playful and wild.

First, train him. When he comes at you with his claws out, a gentle "plunk" from your thumb and forefinger on the paw will make him retract them. If he scratches you, say OW loudly and tell him no. Take him into another room where he has a box and food and water, and leave him there every time he scratches you. Be patient.
Softpaws is a good idea, but you still have to
train him.
I had my first cat declawed, and she lived to be very old. However, I will never forget how she looked when she came home from the vet. I did not understand that it was mutilation. I did right by her, never ever let her out, etc. But I would never do it to a cat again. I have trained my current rescue not to scratch. Get your boy some nice scratching pads/posts, too. When he claws furniture or rugs, pick him up and take him the the posts or pads. If you are willing to take the time and patience to train your baby boy, you will not have to live with mutilating him. (They chop off their toes.) Good luck.
Does anyone know about SoftPaws? Or any other declawing alternatives?[/nq]Your vet or vet tech can put them on for you. I also suggest that you teach him how to play differently. This is why it's not a good idea to let kittens bite or scratch as play. When they get older, it hurts. This also happens when some kitties are separated from mom too early. Mom would teach him not to play with claws out. I would play with him with toys on a string, never hand to cat. Reward him for proper play. Say NO real loud if he scratches you and leave him alone.

If that doesn't work, get a squirt gun. Don't scratch his belly. It might trigger scratching. Only touch him when you are petting him. I couldn't play with one of my cats directly or he'd slice me to ribbons. I also suggest wearing a sweatshirt, jeans, shoes until he learns. When he gets older, he'll calm down more. Exercise his youthful energy with toys. Good luck.
Hi,
Maybe you could give him a large soft toy that he could take out his aggression on . You could drag it around on a long piece of string or throw it so he doesn't get you by mistake .

Alison
I'm sorry if this got posted multiple times, I keep ... a one year old cat. He's very playful and wild.

First, train him. When he comes at you with his claws out, a gentle "plunk" from your thumb and forefinger ... train your baby boy, you will not have to live with mutilating him. (They chop off their toes.) Good luck.

Mary, you make a good point. Teach the cat what is NOT acceptable "play." I have done this with several cats over the years. When one would jump out and nail my bare leg with claws out or bite me on the back of the ankle even though in a playful way, I'd grab him/her by the scruff of the neck or at the shoulders and dunk 'em under the faucet of cold running water. Hey... I don't like getting scratched or bit and cats (universally) don't like water. Even Steven. It took less than a month to break the habit. "We" can still rough house but the claws stay withdrawn unless a dunking in desired.
~~Philip
"Never let school interfere
with your education - Mark Twain"
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... I'd grab him/her
by the scruff of the neck or at the shoulders and dunk 'em under the faucet of cold running water.Philip

Good way to teach your cat not to trust you. Also a good way to get scratched while dunking the cat.
You don't have to be a bully to teach your cat to be careful. Annie
I'm sorry if this got posted multiple times, I keep getting an error message. I have a one year old ... really bad situation here, because I love my cat, but I can't keep him if I don't find a solution!

http://www.maxshouse.com/facts about declawing.htm
Trimming Claws & Soft Paws
http://www.maxshouse.com/Claw%20Trimming.htm
You must not play with the cat with your hands, or he will see you as something to attack. You must train him to use toys for play, not you. Unfortunately, I see this a lot with new cat owners, where they play with the kitten with their hands. Then when the kitten becomes a cat, those scratches hurt. But you can't blame the cat and he shouldn't be made to pay by having the ends of his toes amputated. When he bites or scratches you, put him in the bedroom for a 5 minute time out. Tell him firmly but gently "no". By ignoring him when he gets aggressive with you, he will learn. One of my cats' favorite toys is the feather on a stick toy that you play interactively with them.
See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
No kidding! Philip, that is not the way to treat a cat. My cats don't scratch me and I never treated them with physical punishment.
See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
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