Please give me your advice - scratching!!!
We are working with a new foster. She is a 6 month old ginger tabby. She was on the euthanasia list because she was returned to the shelter 4 times.
She is extremely friendly and loving. She loves giving kisses, and will "clean" your ears if you let her. The problem is she does not understand to sheath her claws, and she is very active. today she jumped from the floor to my shoulder, wiggled around, lost her balance and literally slid down my back. I am a bloody mess right now.
A few days ago, she jumped on my gf, tried to climb on her head, and scratched her just above her eye. She is absolutely terrified of this cat now.
I think some of the problem is that she was reported as a neutered male by the shelter vet, but she is actually an unspayed female. She was in a heat a few days ago, and another vet confirmed she is female, and not spayed. (Don't ask me why, but this is the second time we've gotten a vet who said cats were altered when they were not. At least this time, it wasn't our vet.)
Anyway, spaying is scheduled for Monday.
We have worked with hundreds of cats, and never run into one like this before. We will likely keep ourselves, but I don't know what to do about the scratching. As I said, my gf won't go near her, but does not have the heart to give up on her. If we do - I am told she is out of chances. I am actually considering declawing, something that is anathema to us. But I don't want to see this little soul destroyed.
Any ideas? Please!