Keesha63 Thanks! It has been awhile since my sister had her baby and I just remember her freaking out and telling her kids to clean the box! Then when I would come over she would be like please please please and I would say ok what are you craving I will go and get it. She would say nothing just clean the litterbox! lol! She really freaked out!
the best time to declaw if you are going to do it is when your kitten gets spayed or neutered. given its age you have two months to wait. in those two months you should try and curb this behavior. if you are unsuccessful then i would go on and declaw the kitten.
both the cats i have now are front declawed. both are still able to catch and kill ( =( ) mice and birds. both are happy cats that experience(d) no ill effects from the surgery . they can still beat the tar out of my dogs and trust me .... if the dogs wanted to hurt or kill my cats the claws would be of no use/defense to/for the cats.
whatever you choose is up to you. if declawing the cat is going to keep the cat in your home then it is the right decision. if not declawing the cat , and the possibility of you turning it into a shelter/pound because it won't stop scratching you or your kids is high, then the cat is as good as dead. i think if your cat were able to answer this question it would much prefer to be alive and declawed then dead with its claws intact. cats outnumber the amount of dogs in the shelters and pounds. there are also more euthanized unwanted cats then dogs in the shelters/pounds each year.
when making your decision make it based on facts and not the many lies that abound about declawed cats. such as ... they become biters or develop litterbox avoidance problems.
I agree with Scout. Two out three of my cats are declawed. It was done when they were neutered. I've seen and assisted in the procedure and it's not so invasive as it once was. Recovery takes 2 days tops. No ill effects and no psychological damage.
With any procedure, (neuter, spay, teeth cleaning) there is a risk. Risks are far and few.
There's more danger in a cat being turned into a shelter or turn loose outside to fend for themselves because of their claws.
If a family can live with the cat with the claws, that's great. If there is going to be a conflict, have it declawed. There earlier the better. If you do, make the commitment to keeping the cat indoors and safe. My declawed cats are very happy, healthy, and psychologically sound.
my cats are tendonectomied, the claws are left but they can't extend them. i would declaw a cat. mine now, and any cat i have in the future, will be indoor cats. i don't think they are harmed by it. they climb all over the furniture and their cat towers. i've heard the softpaws don't stay on. now i know my pug's eyes won't be shredded.
i think too the daughter has to be taught how to behave. a cat can bite as easily as claw if irritated. and cat bites are much worse than claws. my last cat was perfect. we had him when my daughter was little and if she yanked his tail or something when he turned and saw who it was he'd just go limp. he never laid a paw or teeth on her for being teased. he was awesome.
If you guys read the OP's topic, she says that her daughter has gotten better about playign with the cat, and now it is the *kitten* that is trying to play rough and scratching the daughter. Not that the kitten is scratching the daughter in self defense :P