FYI - My cat did have back claws and tried to fight off that Lab and Brittany Spaniel but her 6 lbs body was not match for them. I just don't want anyone thinking my cat was stupid and didn't know how to use her back claws, when she did but she just wasn't strong enough for them.
I wanted to comment on the declawing procedure, its only the claw part that is removed, not the toes. The cat can bring his claws out and in at any time.The claws are attached to the toes by tendons, you simply cut around the nail, clip the 2 tendons and glue the hole shut. Dogs have docking and cropping done, well certain breeds. Really you are taking away body parts that are used for communication, so they are not useless body parts. When you crop the ears, they do stand back up, but you've cut away alot of the ear, so its still difficult to read them. The tail is used to send signals to other dogs about intensions/personnality.For example, when the tail is straight up, the dog is excited or has a dominant personnality(could be looking for trouble).If the tail is low, the dog is more relaxed or more submissive. The tail wags side to side so the other dog can notice it.Its not a happy signal necessarily.
"Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes"."
Written by Veterinarian, Dr. Christianne Schelling
Point being it is removal of part of your cats toes.
"Dogs have docking and cropping done, well certain breeds. Really you are taking away body parts that are used for communication, so they are not useless body parts. When you crop the ears, they do stand back up, but you've cut away alot of the ear, so its still difficult to read them. The tail is used to send signals to other dogs about intensions/personnality.For example, when the tail is straight up, the dog is excited or has a dominant personnality(could be looking for trouble).If the tail is low, the dog is more relaxed or more submissive. The tail wags side to side so the other dog can notice it.Its not a happy signal necessarily. "
I have no problem reading my dobes emotions. A lot of it is actually in the ears and if they weren't cropped it wouldn't be so easy. I also have no problem reading his stub. It all hes evre really known so he has no problem communicating with it.
I was very much against declawing my cats, but when my now fiance' walked in my apartment, and looked INTO one side of the couch....and saw the other end. He said that the cats either get declawed, or they go to the shelter (before he asked me to move in). So I chose to declaw.But only the front, they need the back claws to balance themselves.
Two years later we are happy, the furniture is in one piece, the dogs nose is happy, no scratched out eyeballs. And all is well....
As for the procedure, I thought it would be the most traumatic thing that my cats would go through, I had it done when Vasya was 6 and Jerry was 4. But they kinda moped around for a few days, I was crying, i thought they were in pain, so I had to pay through the nose and bribe the vet tech to give me some painkillers. Which they really didnt need. The cats went on a newspaper litter box for a month, the stiches dissolved, and now its like they never even have them. They still do the same things, bat, knead, climb, nothings changed according to them, So I am happy....and so is my fiance'
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my kitty dosen't scratch the furinture, he will, though, scratch on this box we have while he's on top of it, we yell 'no' at him, and he stops. but when i play with him, he scraches pretty hard, so i just clip his nail about once a week. he does fine. i don't like declawing, it just looks painful. it's just like cutting off a human's fingers. i would feel robbed, and vunerable(sp)......just my opinion, i would't/couldn't do that to my kitty.
For many, it may seem like taking off part of the "toes", but my cats paws look the same as they did before the surgery. He still kneads and scratches at things as if the claws were still there. As for referring to the claws as toes or fingernails, well I don't know anyone (except the cats) who has retractable nails or toes. I know I can see the sheath where his claws would extend, looks just like the other cats but you can't apply pressure to make the claws come out.
The claw is not attached to to the bone by tendions the claw grows out of the bone. The bone is attached to the next bone by tendons and ligiments. You remove the last joint although some just attempt to remove the front of the bone itself, but that can cause its own sets of problems and regrowth worries.
If the cat is an indoor cat I would just get her front claws out and leave the back ones in just in case she got out she could still defend herself. If it is an outdoors cat, no way, she needs all her claws. We have had several indoor cats at different times and always had their front claws removed and they were wonderful pets. Good luck!
I had a cat with the front claws only declawed and that was a real mistake. Her back claws still scratched everything and when she got out, she would go up a tree and not be able to get down. So if you're thinking that, forget it. Im for having all four claws done when they are kittens. It took her two days to get over it and it was fine. She never missed them. Thats better than fighting with the cat to try to trim and file or apply caps. Once its done, its done.
Sadly, trimming is not so much an option because they will still scratch eachother. This is solely about protecting them from eachother. It has nothing to do with my furniture, or scratching posts or anything like that.
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