Cats claw trees to mark territory.
Some states have tried to ban declawing of cats but not had much luck as vetinarians have argued that owners would rather have their cats killed than have their claws kept which sounds rather sad and inhumane according to vets in England.
There are several alternatives to declawing cats, although effectiveness may vary depending on a cat's age and temperament. Some of the more prevalent alternatives to declawing cats are:
If your cat is scratching your furniture, and destroying your home, you need to realize that your cat needs to scratch and climb. Scratching conditions your cat's claws by removing the old layers of the nails. Scratching and climbing are highly enjoyable feline activities and are part of the essence of being a cat. Since your cat will want and need to scratch, provide her with a variety of scratching posts and teach her to use them. Until your cat can be trusted not to scratch and claw your furniture, she should not be allowed free run of your house when you are not there to supervise her. If your cat has a single favorite scratching site, this may be temporarily protected by covering it with some netting or loosely woven fabric. Cats do not like to snag their claws.When cats claw the furniture, declawing is not the answer. The process sounds innocuous but what really happens is that your cat is amputated the top joint of all ten phalanges on the front paws. It is exactly as if somebody did that to all ten of your fingers. It is excruciating, takes a long time to heal, and cats sometimes die of shock. I also trim my cat's claws regularly so if they do attack furniture occasionally, they won't be as destructive. Train cats with treats to accept the trimming. For us it's a good time for snuggling before and after. One family tells me they are having trouble with their three cats clawing their beautiful new woven silk wallpaper. That sounds like a really appealing , a big area on which visible marks can so easily be made—I am not quite as sanguine about curing that particular problem. You could try every few inches—maybe they come with suggestions for larger areas, I don't know—maybe supplying other scratching areas will help. Maybe you would have to cover the lower part of the wallpaper with plastic for a while; experiment and see. Scratching is more of a management issue than a training issue. The best coverage on the subject is by my friend , head of the Tufts vet school Clinic, in his book, . Cats claw the furniture (and walls) for the express purpose of leaving a mark. It is a cat's way of proclaiming ownership of its territory to other cats. They look for a location that is really conspicuous --like the corner of the couch facing the door. They look for something they can really sink their claws into and then shred, to leave a good mark (there are scent glands in the paws that probably add to the effect, for other cats).I love these posts. Mine has lasted through 6 cats, looks almost as good as new, is so comfortable that my cats will go into uninteresting rooms to lie on it. It is equally accessible for declawed and clawed cats. My cats range in size from kittens to super-sized and it's great for all of them. They're a bit of an investment (though there's now an economy line) But a piece of furniture that can be clawed for 7 years and by multiple cats while still looking good is worth the extra, if you ask me.