Do you know that kitten’s paws are quite a bit like the hands of babies’...? As they grow, they will become more and more essential tools for life, and claws are an indispensable part of cats' paws. Just like babies do, they may use those tools in caustic ways unless they are well trained. It is imperative that you learn to respect your cat's claws. Never even consider painful declawing as an option, nor heartlessly and coldly getting rid of the feline. Rather, mull over the training options you need to use, even as you'd train a misbehaving toddler; remember you were once a toddler too.
A cat's claws are resourceful, adaptable tools. Cats use their retractable claws every single day, for scratching, pouncing, climbing, pivoting, balancing, or defending themselves against other predators, dogs, other cats, and even humans who might try to harm them. Yes, there are some people who actually don’t like cats. Felines do not scratch furniture with malevolent intent. Scratching is part of their standard self-maintenance program to keep their claws set and sharp for self defense. When cats scratch, they are in fact dislodging and eliminating a transparent sheath that grows over the claws. You may sporadically find these sheaths buried deep in your carpet. Scratching also tones and stretches your cat's back and shoulder muscles. Shouting at your cat or getting angry only tends to confuse her/him, because kitty is doing what comes naturally, with the closest and best tool at hand, which may currently be your expensive Italian leather sofa.
Providentially, there are compromises that tender you and Felix a win-win solution. An often used psychological device with children applies uniformly to our cats: encourage/reward pleasing behavior and discourage adverse behavior. Constancy and replication are the key words and are key to any re-training program.
Soft Claws are the cat's meow and purr rolled into one when it comes to both style and efficacy. These colorful, plastic nail caps which come in four sizes, and application is rather simple... You can also get them in natural color. They are sold in pet stores and also at the Humane Society...
Trimming your feline’s nails will not stop her/him from clawing furniture, but will make those weapons a little less harmful. It's very easy to do yourself if you have the right tool, but if feel uncomfortable doing the job, have your veterinarian will do it for a very small fee.