Declawing & Trimming
Here at Luxury Savannahs we want to provide a summery of information about our stance on Declawing.
We do not ever suggest to anyone to declaw their cat. If you want to declaw your Savannah, then please rethink ever owning one.
Cats scratch for many reasons. They scratch to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, to mark their territory by leaving both a scent (from scent glands in their paws) a visual mark, and to stretch their bodies and flex their feet and claws. This can be therapeutic and it is a natural instinct. We have heard many negative stories about declawing so please do your research!
We do suggest to clip your kittens nails if necessary.
We clip the claws of our Savannahs at a young age. We start touching a kitten's paws and massage their fingers, toes, and paws so they are use to human's touching them and handling them without hesitation. This way we can easily clip the tips of the nails.
Please be careful when clipping a kitten or cat's nails, they are very sensitive and only need the very tips of the claws trimmed.
We trim kitten's claws about every 2 weeks until they go to new homes. You do not need to do it every 2 weeks after he or she arrives at your home. We do this often so the kitten gets use to it. Then when the kitten comes home to you, you can continue to do it every 2-4 weeks as necessary. We like to call this our "kitty mani pedi time".
We have noticed, most Savannahs, as adults, rarely use their claws at all. Especially if you have cat scratch posts and cardboard scratchers handy.
A lot of cat trees will add a rope or fabric that kittens love to scratch.