estructive behavior, such as scratching furniture, is one of the leading reasons people give up on pet cats. Declawing is one method of addressing the problem, but what if you don't want to declaw your cat, or live in an area that doesn't allow the procedure? Dr. Bonnie Beaver, a veterinary behaviorist and past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, offers tips on how to keep your kitty's claws from ripping up your furniture.