Three common alternatives to declawing a cat include making scratching posts readily available, trimming the cat's claws regularly and using claw covers. A pheromone called Feliway may also help in controlling scratching.
Offering a scratching post redirects the cat's need to scratch onto a safe place so it is less likely to damage furniture. Clipping or trimming the claws removes the sharp point and leaves the cat unable to damage furniture or significantly injure owners. Claw covers, such as Soft Paws, are simple smooth covers that can be glued onto the cat's claws to completely and safely hide their sharp edges.