While some people think taking away a cat's claws makes them easier to deal with, the very opposite has time and again proven true.
"There's no doubt that a declawed cat bites more often and bites harder because they've been robbed of their primary defense," Conrad explains. "Anytime you have a behavioral problem, you should treat it with behavioral management. Not with surgery.
Instead, she suggests simple alternatives like a scratching post or a toy. Because kittens will be kittens.
"That's what kittens do," Conrad says. "They attack each other. They attack toys. They go crazy doing their little kitten stuff. But that's because they're babies."
And now, thanks to an entire community's efforts, Valentine will get to be the kitten he was meant to be.