at Sun Jan 28 15:10:01 2007 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by meow2me ]
Hi, welcome to this board and congratulations on your new friend! I am sure you will get lots of answers to all your questions here. I have 5 "indoor-only" cats. My husband and I love the company. They become really good friends when they share your home.
To begin: YES, indoor cats need to be neutered. The males can spray and will be very hard to manage if they are not neutered. It is also the responsible thing to do (in my humble opinion) because there are too many babies born without homes every year. As I am sure you can imagine, they are at grave risk for disease, starvation etc. It would be nice to keep that kind of suffering at a minimum.
About the claws. It depends on the cat. We have one that is very difficult. The others are not bad. The best thing you can do is get scratching posts - all different kinds - and put them around your house. Cats can be trained to scratch where you want them to, but it takes some effort -- like I said, depending on the cat. Anyway, give it a try!
Below is a photo of several of our cats. As you can see, there is no room for us humans. The furniture is for the cats!
gracie, voodoo, Puss 'n Boots.... & Willow!
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