Hi all, I'm a breeder of BSH and have 7 females living indoors with us, none of them are declawed and yet my furniture is intact. It only takes a minute per cat to clip the tips of their claws. This should be done only once a week!!! They are very good at using scratching posts as well (sprinkling catnip on them helps a lot). Declawing is a solution for lazy people, so cruel and unnecessary. Cats are very clever and quick to learn the house rules, but someone has to tell them what those rules are. I believe that we couldn't declaw a cat in Europe even if we tried, as no vet would do it. I hope it stays that way. Same goes for debarking or whatever that horrific procedure is called. I've only heard of it recently and was aghast. I've now added to our Sales Agreement that no kitten of ours sold to the States can be declawed. If someone can't spare a little time every week for regular grooming session (including claw clipping) then they shouldn't get a cat at all. I'm sorry but I love cats so much and have really strong opinion on the subject. And yes it is a MUTILATION.
The procedure to declaw: First clean the claw, push back any hair. Use two tourniqets(good spelling) to hold off the blood supply to the arm. With a blade, cut into the top of the nail/closer to the toe, there will be an indent, Cut in till you hit bone. Pull out the claw a bit towards you and locate each tendon, cut each one, they are located on the sides. Your not cutting any bone. Then cut while following the boney part of the nail till youve cut all the way around, its alot harder than I make it sound. The less skin and pads you cut the better. The hole should be super small. Skin glue is applyed to one side and the two sides are brought together and sealed. Thats it, some people will bandage till the next day. Most cats will have their paws numbed berfore hand, it eliminates all that paw flicking when they wake up. Usually they also get drugs to make them feel funky, they do alot of purring and meowing while they are waking up.They would get blankets and hotwater bottles. I just thought I would gross some of you out. Years ago It was not unusual for Vet Assistants to do the procedure. At least around here. They don't allow it any more for obvious reasons. The thing was that some vets were horrible at the procedure, we(Tech's to) tended to do a very neat and tidy job, we took pride in the end result.
Just a little note. When I was getting the coupon on line to have Piper spayed through friends of animals . Go to their web site. They will not provide a spay coupon to any one that has a cat that has been declawed.
I think that declawing a cat is cruel. A cats claws are the only way it can protect itself. Some people think it's ok as long as the cat is indoors, but what would happen if your cat accidently got out one day. It would have no way to protect itself. And has anyone actually seen a cat being declawed...it looks painful. It's like cutting our finger off at the 3rd nuckle.
yes tj i have seen many declaw procedures being done at the vet i work for. yes some cats are felling discomfort for a day or two while the bandages are on. and some cats don't show any signs of discomfort at all. all the cats i see come in the office for fight wounds are being treated for wounds that occured from being bitten and not scratched. these cats seem to be able to fight just fine without the use of claws. it seems they suffer more from being bitten and not scratched. and the last foa certificate i looked at stated you could not use the certificate to have a cat spayed if you were going to declaw it at the same time. one vet i worked for honored that agreement and the one i work for now does not. i have yet in all my years to see a representative from F.O.A. come in to check and see if people were following their wishes. and if it comes down to getting rid of your cat because it is destroying your furniture or gettin it declawed which to you is worse? having the animal go to a pound where it is likely to be euthanized or getting it declawed and living out the rest of its happy life?
When I worked for vets..the declawing was the only operation that made me almost faint...and I'm not the kind of person who gets whoozy over such things. The one vet who used a blade made me almost black out..the other older vet used dog clippers, which I could almost handle. I hated the sound of crunching bone, but with the clippers it went by quickly. The blade on the other hand..oy! Having said that..if it's choice between the cat going to the pound, or declawing, I'd rather the cat declawed. But my cats are not declawed and never will be.
cartilage, bone whatever..worst sound ever!! Like I said, the clippers weren't so bad because it was quick, but the other vet would do it with a blade so it took awhile and was this constant sound of blade scraping on bone (cartilage)...it's the only time I've come close to fainting over something gross. *shivers*
Is there really any differance in getting a cat declawed than in getting your child circumcised. They both serve a perpose for the owner and or parent, but do very little for the child or cat. You could say ones a health issue, but with proper cleaning just as proper trimming of the nails will prevent any problems. So if most people are willing to do it to a kid why make a big deal about a cat.