This is a wonderful, 5-minute video by cat behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, "The Cat Daddy" about declawing and it's alternatives. Just click on the image to view the video.
The Ultimate Scratching Post
With claws or without, all cats need to scratch. We recommend this scratching post by Pioneer Pet, called the Ultimate Scratching Post available at Petco and Amazon.
The durable post is 32" high so cats can get a full stretch vertically. The sturdy base eliminates tipping and wobbling which can frighten cats and keep them from using scratching posts.
The post is covered with sisal that naturally inspires scratching and is perfect for conditioning nails. Sisal is preferred over carpeted scratching posts because carpeted scratching posts snaps your cats nails and encourages scratching on carpeted surfaces in your home.
Reasons Cats Scratch:
• To remove old nail sheaths from the claws
• To exercise and tone muscles
• To relieve stress, frustration and boredom
• To “warm-up” for a vigorous play session
• To mark territory
The Proper Way to Trim Your Cat's Nails
Click on the video below to watch a 3-minute tutorial by Catmantoo about how to trim your cats nails.