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Cat Scratching: What You Need to Know

If you’ve ever had a cat (or know someone who does), you know that they can be destructive, especially when they are clawing at your furniture. Cats love to scratch things for several reasons: it’s natural behavior, it helps them stretch their muscles and sharpen their claws, and sometimes cats scratch people as an act of aggression or self-defense.

It doesn’t matter how much you try to avoid this problem by buying expensive scratching posts or other deterrents – nothing will stop your cat from scratching up your house if he really wants to! But there are some options available so don’t let the claws win. Here are three ways to help deter your feline friend from ruining all of your hard work…

1. Trim Each Claw One at a Time

Cats’ claws grow continually throughout their lifespan, and when they start to get sharp, your cat uses them to mark his territory in a process called “cat clawing,” or “kneading.” When cats knead, they use their front paws like hands and press them against household objects, like your furniture. To avoid this act of territorial marking, make sure every single claw is trimmed down to size.

Once you’ve got that covered, you’ll also need to consider the type of claws cats have and the benefits that come with declawing a cat, as well as other useful tips that will help you create a home free of scratches.

2. Get Claw Clippers and Cut Down the Nails One by One

You could also purchase a tool specifically for trimming your cat’s claws, like clippers or nail trimmers. But before you run out to the pet store, make sure you know what types of claws cats have and consider how much trimming your cat actually needs.

Cats have curved claws that are sharp and pointed, which can easily tear fabric and furniture. If you’re uncomfortable clipping your cat’s nails at home (or if your cat is resistant to the idea), you may want to take him or her to a professional groomer instead.

3. Apply a Cream or Gel to the Claws that Will Make Them Less Sharp

There are also creams and gels on the market that you can apply to your cat’s claws that will make them less sharp. This won’t stop your cat from scratching altogether, but it may help to dull the nails a bit so they’re not as harmful to furniture.

Make sure to do a patch test of whatever product you choose. Some cats are sensitive to the preservatives in certain products, which could potentially cause an allergic reaction or skin irritation.

You can also look into nail coverings or caps such as the Soft Paws kit.

4. Declaw Your Cat if Nothing Else Works

Though there are many ways to help deter your cat from scratching, some people may still find themselves in a situation where their cat is scratching furniture, carpet, or people. If all other methods have failed, the only remaining solution may be to declaw your cat.

This procedure involves surgically removing the claws and the associated bone on a cat’s paw. It is a major surgery that should only be considered as a last resort.

As always, speak with your vet prior to trying anything new to get thier opinion on the best solution. No matter what you do, remember that it’s important to be consistent. If you trim your cat’s claws one day and then let them go unchecked the next, they’ll only become more likely to scratch whatever they please. Keep up with the trimming (or clipping) and apply deterrents when necessary, and hopefully you and your feline friend can live in harmony without any scratches!

Thanks for reading! For more information on cats and their behavior, or for help with other pet-related issues, please visit our website or contact us today.

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Thank You for a Great Paws for Cause Event

Thank you to our sponsors at the Paws for Cause event on 11/13/21.

We had a great turnout and it was wonderful seeing some of the animals that we were able to place in forever homes through the years. It touches my heart so much and I feel so blessed to have been a part of the placement process.

I will be adding a calendar to the site once I figure it out so I can keep everyone updated on future events a little further in advance (apologies for the short notice on this one).

As a reminder, I wanted to highlight one of the handouts we did for the Paws for Cause event. It covers some tips we have learned about how to have a successful adoption of a pet. If you are considering a pet, please read these. If you need help or would like the full brochure, reach out to us on our contact page.

1. Know your requirements for your animal ahead of time.

2. Know the difference between rescue groups and shelters.

3. Consider an older dog.

4. Invest in training.

5. Make time for lots of exercise and walks each day.

We could not have done it without some help from our local businesses so a special thank you to

Shugar Plums Gifts – Donated the adorable dog leash holders for the raffle

Jake’s BBQ – Donated all food for the event.

Petco – Donated a $25 gift card for the raffle

I will be posting pictures soon and thank you for everyone for attending and helping us be the voice for the voiceless.

5 Ways to Find A Good Dog Training Professional

A lot of time we may need help in training that new puppy and it is times like this that we should look for the assistance of a dog training professional. Here we list out some tips on how to find the perfect trainer for your family.

1)  First off, make sure they have a good recommendation. You may start your search for a trainer with by asking your vet. Since you already have a relationship with your vet, there is a good chance they will point you in the right direction.
2) Once you have identified a potential trainer, ask about thier experience. How long have they been in the profession, do they specialize or have expereince with the type of dog you have. i.e. if you have a Mastif and the trainer has never had experience with larger dogs it may not be a good fit.
3) A genuine love of and devotion to dogs.
4) Make sure the trainer has up to date knowledge. A professional trainer should take ongoing training for themselves to continly improve thier techniques and learn new taking animal behaviour courses.
5) Lastly and most improtant is to make sure the training methodology and handling skills match your personal beliefs and are routines you will continue to enforce.

By following these 5 simple steps you will be on track to find the perfect trainer that will be a perfect fit for your family.

Welcome to the New Site

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the new site. The new format should make it so much easier to keep everyone updated and I am loving it so far. Thanks to Josh and Mike for helping set everything up, no idea what type of magic you did but it worked and really I appreciate it. 

Stick around with us as we will be adding tons of new resources to help you assist animals in need and we have some new events planned as well. Look forward to working with everyone.

How to Get the How Family Involved

Recently I came across a great article on PetaKids that detailed 10 great ways that everyone in the family including kids could get involved and help your local shelters.

The article covers the answers from Sydney and Alexandria, both 12 years of age, and their suggestions of how others can help rescues. You can read the entire article on the PetaKids website but below are the highlights from their suggestions.

1. Educate your friends and family.
2. Ask for birthday donations.
3. Raise money for animals.
4. Volunteer at your local animal shelter.
5. Adopt animals from shelters.
6. Set up a donation drive.
7. Foster an animal.
8. Speak up.
9. Be kind to animals of all ages.
10. Spread the word.

Tips for Keeping Your Pet Calm during New Year’s Eve Fireworks

New Year’s Eve can be exciting time. I always look forward to thinking of the potential and opportunities that lie ahead of us in the new year. Of course the highlight of New Year’s Eve comes right when the clock strikes 12 midnight. THis is typically celebrated with maybe a kiss to a loved one, saying / screaming Happ New Year and around my parts Fireworks!

This last tradition is concerning to a lot of pet owners as fireworks can cause anxiety in pets. Here are some ways to help keep your pet calm during the New Year celebration this year.

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