I have done a lot of thinking on this and I think it's the best thing. Willow is just being terribly destructive and no amount of redirection is helping us. Neither has using a spray bottle. I went out and bought her over 20 different toys thinking that might help and she does play with them, but she's still clawing up everything. I bought catnip to put on the scratching post thinking that would tempt her to use it...she still won't use it. I'm at a loss and hubby was not tickled when the kitty ruined his leather stool. She's shredded the drapes and she's shredding our couch. I'm not rich by any stretch of the imagination and I cannot afford to continue replacing the things she destroys.
We are going to ask about that tendonectomy procedure to see if it would be better, but when we called the vet to ask, he recommended declawing her. I don't believe it is inhumane to do so. We have animal cruelty laws and I'm sure the vets would not do anything they considered cruel or inhumane to an animal.
I will let you know how she does. I'm nervous about leaving her at the vets all day tomorrow...sure wish I could be with her.
Well, you are entitled to your opinion, but in mine, it is inhumane. You may just be trading one bad behavior for others - biting, not using the litter box. What have you done as far as keeping the cat's nails cut back? How about Soft Paws? Declawing is pretty radical.
I'm usually pretty quick to say declawing is bad, but this is a different case. When you've tried redirecting the behavior only to have your house collapse from all the clawing, enough is enough. Having your cat declawed is much better than having it euthanized. There are a lot of cats out there that would have been euthanized if not for declawing procedures. No one should shun this act when you know what the alternatives are. This was obviously not an easy decision and we can all learn to be more compassionate.
Good luck Shaunna! I know this is a very hard decision that you're making,but I feel it's the correct one to make too!
AS far as the two newer people who have responded in an uncalled for manner......Shaunna doesn't take this lightly at all,and neither do the rest of us(for the most part!)here. I,along with many others have been here for a while,have seen her anguish over this situation,and all be it,it's not the most sought out procedure,it's her only option left in order to keep her baby in her home and love her as she should be loved and cared for. I would suggest that both of you go back and try reading the past posts concerning her baby girl....maybe then you'll not cast such darkness on her decision.