Originally Posted by Epona
My two both get caught up in things if they don't have their claws clipped. And I am right now nursing some very nasty and deep scratches on my foot where Sonic ran across it a couple of days ago - I can barely walk and I am just thanking my lucky stars that it hasn't got infected. I also have a scratch on my face where he stepped on my while I was asleep. This is because I lost my claw clippers and his claws hadn't been trimmed for 10 days.
They use scratching posts to a) SHARPEN their claws and remove the claw sheath, and b) to scent mark their territory. A scratching post does not blunt their claws.
I know a scratching post doesn't blunt their claws, but they need to do it to remove the claw sheath, and it's better than using the back of my sofa
. I don't see mine getting caught in much of anything, truthfully, and the only time I get scratched is when I do something stupid like play hand under the covers and get pounced on (and that only happened once, a couple nights ago, because I was distracted).
Not saying clipping is a bad thing, just that I prefer not to put us all through that stress when I don't feel it's necessary. It's totally preferable to the alternative of declawing, and I don't think I'd want to try putting those claw sheaths on my cats.