Our cat was declawed about leaving some scratch marks on me and my brothers face (mostly brothers) It hasn't affected her, and she still digs at stuff. I guess she thinks she has claws. I didn't have any control over it so I think under certain circumstances, it's ok. I would do it if I had a cat destroying stuff, it's better than sending them to a shelter to possibly be killed.
Katz, I know that they can really do some damage. You could try spraying a clear perfum on whatever he scratches. My boss did that on his furniture and the cat stayed away. He did not like the smell. It seems people don't try to teach cats the same as dogs and they are very smart. People seem to let cats get away with alot. All I can say is if you have to do it just make sure the cat has plenty of pain killers. I know just from having my nail cut way to short, it hurt like H*ll for a good while. Do what you need to do.
I decided not to de-claw my cat. But my family always did it growing up. A new cat was immediately spayed/neutered and declawed. Our cats were happy and healthy and actually lived well into the teen years. So if you do decide to de-claw, it's not the end of the world. It's a rough operation, but once they're all healed up, it's not a problem.
I would like to say that i am having the same problem that KatzPomDogz is going though with my 3 yr old Kishi. I got her from my local shelter when she was 3 months old. they found her on the street when she was 6 oz I had to wait until she was 1 lb before she was fixed and given to me.very small, but no more .I tried water , startling her with dimes in a can ,smelley sprays, nope, nothing nada ,zilch. she loves water, since she was young she would walk into the shower when i was drying with the door open .and Tuesday i will be receiving my new dining set. she already started on the bedroom .so i am also thinking about getting her declawed and she is a house cat never out only to the doctors. any ideas on how much $$$$$$$ it could cost lighthouse
I know a lot of cat owners are against de-clawing. I have a male cat 3yrs old, and he is de-clawed. The vet that de-clawed him kept him for two days befroe I picked him up, andhe was fine. Personally, I wouldn't have a cat that wasn't de-clawed, that is up to you. My new baby will be de-clawed also when he is old enough. Ask your vet to keep your cat for a few days so it can be watched, and recieve pain meds.
There is nothing wrong with a cat...like someone has said before, it's taking the claws from the toes not taking the toes. I've been with several cats, and seen several cats that have had this done, and they are completely normal, not hiding any symptoms, etc. Those nail caps that you can glue onto their paws...waste of money...we got them, and the cats hat them. Don't waste your money, and they dont stay on near the length of time they say they are supposed to.
I hate to add on to such an old topic but...it is NOT taking the claws from the toes. They cut off the toe at the first joint. Look it up online for a full description of the procedure. www.declawing.com A lot of vets (like mine) won't even do it. But having said that, if the choice is to declaw or get rid of the cat and the destruction can not be stopped then declawing should be considered. I could never do it to my girls but fortunately they learned to scratch where they are supposed to.
***Edited By: MaxandAllie on 2/12/2008 2:38:00 PM*** Reason: add
All Three of my cats are declawed on the front. We left the back claws incase they were to get out they would have some kind of protection. It took one brand new dining room table getting clawed up for me to start the declawing. They were all fine after a day or two. However, you have to put shredded paper in their litter box for 10 days and it smells...