I have had my kitten for about 3 months, and she is 4 months old. I know that scratching is a normal part of a kittens behavior, however, I am concerned about my daughter. My daughter is only 2 years old, and she doesn't understand how to treat a kitten. She pulls on her tail and tries to lay on her. I am always getting on to her about not doing that to the cat, and she has gotten better at it since we have had our kitten. The problem is that Lola, our kitten, seems to try to play rough with my daughter. She will scratch her all the time, and sometimes, the scratches are so bad that she has to wear pants to daycare for a couple of days. I don't have a problem with her scratching furniture or anything like that; since she has her scratching post, she doesn't scratch the furniture. It's just that my daughter looks like we beat her with a switch everyday, and I am getting looks when we go out in public. I have heard of the alternative to declawing called SoftPaws, however, it just seems like a hassle and too time consuming to do. I know all of the details about declawing as well. I know how the surgeries are performed and all the complications that can arise from the surgery. I am against declawing, however, I have a small child with one on the way as well. I am just concerned for my children's sake. If you have any suggestions, feel free to input. Thanks
Please do not declaw your kitten, there are other options please look at this webpage, it also hasa link to soft paws. Declawing is the same as cutting your finges of at the first knuckle, this can also cause many other problems with your cat, some resort to biting because they feel it is their only defence.
Another thing to think about is that if you kitten ever gets out of the house after this surgery it cannot defend itself from anything, of fend for itself by catching food, or climb a tree to get away.
I am the first person to speak up and say that I do not care for cats. However, when it comes to the declaw issue I am against it. That is their natural defense and if you take that away chances are the kitten will begin to bite to defend itself.
The link above is very informative and the little plastic caps for their claws are not that expensive.
I would suggest that instead of declawing the kitten, you teach your daughter better manners. So many people claim that a child is "too young to learn" which is a bunch of hooie. You can teach your child not to touch a hot stove, can't you? Don't leave the kitten defenseless. It's just a baby, too. And if your daughter is pulling it's tail, laying on it, etc., how do you expect the kitten to defend itself?
Claws are the cats defence to remove them makes the cat very easy for another animal to get at them and probably hurt them. Please keep the claws there are other options look for them and choose wisely
I am strongly against declawing cats/kittens. There is a product called either Softpaws or Softclaws (I cant remember which one!). It is like a plastic cover that you put over top of the nail to help with scratching. It comes in a little kit with glue and replacement nails for when their regular nail grows out and the softclaw needs to be replaced. You could always try them..
This lady once brought a cat... she really loved her cat, but unfortunately she ended up getting rid of her cat b/c she had gotten sick and no longer could keep the cat. So she gave her cat to her girlfriend who turn around and got rid of the cat b/c she had to move so she dump the cat out into the street somewhere. You think the cat lived? I dont think so because the lady had the cat declaw so how in the world do you think the cat was going to be able to defend for himself. It would be dead wrong for anyone to get a cat declaw!!!!!!!!!!! Teach your child to leave kitty along. You knew this when you brought the kittycat home that he was going to scratch. sorry to sound so cruel.
Maybe a kitten is not for you right now? I am sure you could find a great home for the kitten and then go to the pound and get a cat that has already been declawed and then you are set!
My cat is declawed. I had the cat since I was 16 or 17 since I was living under my parents house their rules I had to 4 paw declaw. I was so upset I cried for a while and even got grounded since I swore at my parents lol! My cat is fine. I am fine with it since I know he does not go outside and I know I will NEVER give him up so I don't have to worry about anything bad happening to him. I have also seen my cat catch bugs and even trap a mouse that was in our basement, so he still uses his paws pretty good.
I also heard this and I don't know if it is true. When my sister was going to have her baby. He doc said she could not clean the litterbox since something in the cats urine is bad for a pregnant woman and can cause problems? I even think after she had the baby and was breast feeding she could not clean the litterbox. She treated the cat like the plague afraid to go near it lol! Finally they got rid of the cat since she was paranoid. Is that true? I have heard that more than once.
***Edited By: holidayzbliss on 5/1/2006 11:19:59 AM*** Reason: added
I have a 2 year old, and he learned early on how to treat an animal. He never messes with the dogs we have and if you take him to someones house with other animals, be it dogs or cats, he just gives them a nice soft pat and then he's off to play. You have to be firm with your little girl, and teach her how to be gentle. It can be done.
I agree that you need to teach your children and the cat both. We found our cat when my daughter was 5 now 12 yrs later she still can lay her head on the cat and do things to her that most cats would not put up with. when she isn't in the mood she will still use her claws to let us know. My daughter wore many a bandaid from not listening to the warning meow, but she eventually learned what the cat would allow and what she wouldnt. Please give it very serious consideration before going to the extreme of declawing. Next people will suggest yanking out the animals teeth if they bite.
Please do NOT declaw your cat!!! I am not a cat person. (Just a preference no offense) But after hearing horrible things about declawing there is no way I could ever bring myself to do that to a cat. It is not good for them and.... please don't do it! May people believe that it is unhumane too. Claws are cat's natural defense. Your daughter will learn how to play with the cat properly.
A lot of people will get a dog after having a cat for a while and worry about how the dog and cat will interact. well the dog will, of course, bug the cat and the cat does have a way to defend themself b/c they have claws. One swipe from the cat and the dog will learn to leave the cat alone and all is fine. This happened to a friend of mine. The dog and cat live in harmony. The dog knows boundaries and knows that he is to leave the cat alone. But just think if the cat was declawed and could only run away. The puppy would learn that chasing cats is fun and therefore do it too all cats and could eventually catch a cat and kill it. That would be bad. Just a little example furthering why declawing is not a good idea.
http://declaw.lisaviolet.com/ Is one of my favourite links about declawing. I'd write more, but since I was jumped on last time, please just read as much info as you can on the subject and really inform yourself.
If you get a cat from a pound if you are going to go with a new cat that is already declawed I don't know, but just saying my GSD and my cat get along fine. He never tries to bite him or anything. My chi's get along fine with the cat too. My dogs are not aggressive though.
holidayzbliss..what your sister was talking about was Toxoplasmosis. It is a parasite that can be found in cat feces not urine. Not all cats have it but they can carry it. You can also get it by eating meat that hasn't' been cooked throughly or from eating raw fruits and vegetables that have not been washed and have been in contact with manure (yum yum). It can indeed cause birth defects and doctors do advise that if you have a cat you have someone else change the litterbox and wash their hands well with soap and water afterwards since it can be picked up off surfaces. IF you had no one to clean the litterbox while you were pregnant than it's advised to use gloves and again wash your hand throughly after cleaning the box.
Many many kittens go through the 'wild child' stage, even when no one plays rough with them. But if your kitten already associates rough play with your daughter, even if shes getting better, the kitten may still be anticipating the rough play.
Personally I would ignore the people who are giving you looks because your daughter has scratches. Whoop-de-do, I equate cats scratching as a fact of life.. kind of like dogs digging :P
I suggest that you start carrying around a water spray bottle to squirt kitty with when he gets a little too rough.
I wouldn't declaw it. Declawing actually removes part of the toe bone. It also causes a cat to have little defense agains't another animal. It can't climb a tree to escape a dog and stuff like that.
I understand that you care about your daughter. You mentioned that your daughter is rough with your kitten. Teach your daughter how to behave with a pet. I mean, if you're daughter is pulling your kitten's tail, all the kitty is doing is defending itself.
Play with your kitty a lot, and maybe and will use it's claws less.
***Edited By: Dana Ro on 5/1/2006 4:57:27 PM*** Reason: add
here's a new one. I took my 4 month old kitty to get her last shots on Saturday morning. I moved not too long ago so I took her to a new doctor that is near my new home.
Well, they asked if I wanted them to trim her claws and I said "well, doesn't that make them scratch more?" and they pretty much said, NO. Anyway, I told them to go ahead and trim her claws. She didn't seem to be bothered by it at all and because of that, I trimmed my 7 year old grown adult cats front claws too. He also doesn't seem to be bothered by it. They still have claws but they are short and blunt rather than having that hook on the end. So, they still have their last joint, they still have nails to scratch an itch, they still can behave normally.
I gotta tell ya, I am really relieved to know that I can do that. The little kitty tried to scratch on the front of my couch when we got home (I'm trying to teach her to use a scratching post but you know how that goes!) and she couldn't do it. She didn't have that little hook that normally catches on the thread. I'm just going to keep their front claws trimmed all the time. They don't ever go outside, so they don't need sharp claws.