We have been doing alot of research on the internet today. We have decided that we cannot go through with the declaw on Asha. If we have to keep replacing couches,(and walls) I guess that is what we will do. Asha has these perfect little bear feet. I can't destroy them. For whoever it was that asked about her. She is almost 3 years old. She LOVES water and just being wet. We have tried lemon water and vinegar water and other stuff from the pet store that you add to the water to help deter them and she really could care less. We have tried the nail caps and we have also tried keeping her nails trimmed. We even tried the Scat Mats. Nothing works with her. She is half cat, half donkey. Just stubborn as can be. I do not know what we are going to do but it will not involve declawing. Just thought I would let you all know. By the way, Thank you all for not getting too harsh with me when you heard we were considering it. It really made the decision alot easier. Thanks guys!!
I have used the nail caps. Why didn't they work for you? They do come off and have to be replaced as the nail grows, but other than that I never had a problem... Also, if the glue that comes with them dries up between one application and the next, you can use antifungal nail glue made for human fake nails. Hope this helps! The ones I used are called Soft Paws. You can even find them on Ebay.
So Katz...........You are willing to replace couches and walls every few months instead of having this cat declawed, which would as Scout said be in pain a few days, which the vet could minimize. That makes absolutley no sense to me. I have never seen or heard of a cat that liked to be wet either. If one of my cats even gets one of their paws wet outside they hate it.
My cat Tucker LOVES to get wet, too. And she will not drink out of a water bowl. She has to drink running water from the spigot(sp?). My mom leaves the water trickle all day long for her. What are scat-mats? Pet stores sell these big pieces of double-sided tape to put on furniture, etc... So cats don't tear your stuff up. My cats hated the tape, like most cats with something sticky on their paws. I think they are called "Sticky Paws" or something similar. Real cheap, too. Fin
Cricketmom, I was not really worried about her being in pain for a couple days, that happened when she was spayed. But I did alot of research on the internet about declawing and heard a whole lot of horror stories, also, on a vet website about declawing, it said that alot of times the cat will not use a litter box for a long time. There is too much risk of infections and long term pain for me to chance with Asha. Asha truly does love to be wet, she will play in the tub with the kids, she likes to 'catch' the water as the washing machine is filling up. We have just decided that when we aren't home we will put her and the other cats in the laundry room, it is pretty big and all of their stuff(food/water, litterbox, etc.) is in there already. We will just have to continue to stop her while we are here. I can't give her up, but I also cannot risk something going wrong. If it was a medical procedure, I might risk it. But this is only for cosmetic things, such as my couch and walls, but it is not worth her getting sick, in excruciating pain, or worse, dying. I have to laugh though, I was worried about posting that I was thinking about it, and now that I am not I am kind of getting critisized about it. hmmm, I don't get it.
Katz.............I was in no way suggesting you "get rid" of your cat. What I read was that you had decided not to declaw the cat, and was content on replacing the sofa and walls as an alternative. That is up to you. I had read what Scout said, and thought it made sense. I have no idea what your research involves. If you laughing and directing that you are getting criticism now that you have decided not to declaw toward me, I meant no criticism by what I said. It is your cat, your sofa and your walls.