A Cat’s Amazing Feat of Wall Climbing

A Cat’s Amazing Feat of Wall Climbing

by Michael
(London, UK)

People who declaw their cat always justify it some way or another. For instance they say that their cat can still climb trees just as before! No way. Cats that have been declawed might be able to climb certain trees with bark that allows what remains of their front toes to grip it, but they will never be able to climb naturally again and they certainly wouldn’t be able to do this…!

cat climbing a wall

I am afraid I cannot attribute the above photograph to its author/creator as I don’t know where it came from. Please come forward.

This cat’s magnificent claws and athletic ability have allowed it to climb this vertical wall to a staggering height. All he or she has to get hold of is the rough texture of the wall. This picture really does show us how amazingly athletic cats are. Perhaps we forget this sometimes, especially if the cat is cosseted and kept indoors permanently. When challenged though they can show exceptional skills.

The problem for this cat is getting down. It probably shimmied down backwards and then jumped the last 5 feet or so.

I am reminded of a cat that I lived with – Missie. Half or a quarter Norwegian Forest cat she would climb 30 foot trees with ease and come down head first all the way down! Totally awesome. She could jump to the top of a large fridge freezer from a sitting position. I miss her terribly.

An active indoor/ outdoor cat doesn’t need its claws trimmed in my opinion. My old lady cat does because she has become very passive and her claws don’t wear down. Claws that are not used enough can become ingrowing into the paw pad unless they are trimmed.

Does a visitor have a story about their cat’s climbing ability?

Here are some pages about cats’ claws:

Trim Cat Claws

My Cat Lost His Claws Please Help

Cat Claw Control

Cat Paws

Declawing Cats – huge page with links to over 130 pages on declawing cats.

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Dec 03, 2010 Thanks, George
by: Kathleen

George, thank you for posting about how you have learned to read a cat’s body language! It’s so easy to learn if you are willing to take the time and consideration, and yet it seems to be beyond so many people. If more people were willing to grant just the barest minimum of consideration for the cat’s feelings, they would find themselves with a whole lot less “need” to declaw.

Dec 02, 2010 Claws are for control and defense
by: George

Claws! Cats use them but don’t seem to know how sharp they are on human skin. If your cat uses it’s claws to control your hand (as in getting the big human to pet you in the way you desire) then it is up to you, the human, to learn how to avoid being scratched.

One of my cats, Charcoal (nicknamed “Charlie”) has a dominent personality. Sometimes she wants to sniff my hand before she allows me to pet her. Other times she can be moody and just doesn’t want to be touched.

Together we have a routine that works to communicate to me if she wants or doesn’t want me to pet her. I approach her with some soft and friendly words. I raise my hand toward her head but stop short and hold my hand still about a foot away from her. If she wants to be petted, she lowers her head. If she doesn’t want to be touched, she raises her head, stiffens up and widens her eyes. I back off.

Just try the gesture of raising your hand but stopping short of touching the cat. Watch for it’s reaction. You will eventually learn the signs and will know when you can pet safely and when to expect a scratch if you do.

By the way, most of the time when the cat scratches you, it’s not to hurt you but to control your hand. Never, ever, punish the cat for having scratched you.

And, if your cat does sink her claws into your hand, Don’t Withdraw It! That is when a small puncture becomes and deep scratch. As painful as the small puncture is, if you wait, your cat will release you. You can also distract her with your other hand and she will let go.

Remember, you are the human in this relationship.

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