A Cat’s Amazing Feat of Wall Climbing
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…!
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:
Declawing Cats – huge page with links to over 130 pages on declawing cats.