When I found my Smokey (black and white short hair cat) he was pulling himself across the street with his front paws. He had no back legs that worked as he pulled himself with only his front legs. His back legs where dragging along.
I ran over to pick up this 3-4 week old kitten and called the vet NOW.
The vet told me that I should bring him in and would be best to put him down. The vet never seen Smokey.
That is not what I wanted to hear. I then took Smokey to the local feedstore (he should be a vet) cattle doc.
He told me that this kitten was stomped on or run over, very starved and wouldn't have lived another 12 hours with out care.
Ok so this was a process of pencort twice a day for 2 weeks with a needle. His skin was so thin that some times when I put the needle in (picking up his scruff) it would go right through and I had to try again. It was a sad dealing hoping this kitten will survive.
Then the battles with the round worms for a few months.
After about 5-6 months this kitten was healthy!
OK Anyway he can run and play today. He has no tail motion it just kind of sticks straight. His back legs are kinda fixed, he can walk but not well. He walks more like a rabbit. Vet said that his tail and pelvic bone has been broken. His tail in 7 places.
Now to my big problem if you made it this far! When Smokey tries to jump up he counts on his front claws to pull him up.
This causing my poor Mom with diabetes deep scratches on her leg and my legs and my dads legs. Mom and Dad do not live with me but are here often. I also don't like the pain that Smokey does when trying to get on your lap.
I do clip his claws but all of a sudden Mom is in the hospital again with sores on her legs from my cat. AHHH.
Should I get him declawed or just keep clipping and making sure this doesn't happen again. Then I get busy and he hurts Mom again. My parents are in the late 70's and I just don't want to hurt them when they come over for supper. I can lock up Smokey but he still claws me up also.
I'm sorry and thanks for your help.
I think I forgot to add that Smokey has been through so much do I also inflect this pain upon him??
***Edited By: WileyBlaze on 11/5/2006 8:51:50 AM*** Reason: spell
I wouldn't put the poor cat through anything else, just put him up when your parents come over. My sister declawed her cat and it almost died, they had to go in and take more of the toes off, it just seems very cruel to me.
I personally have no need for declawing but if its between declawing and getting rid of the cat then I would declaw. In your situation you should just contain your kitty when your mom visits or maybe suggust to your mother to wear jeans when visiting instead of shorts. I know you love both of them dearly. I dont see where getting it declawed would be an issue since you mother dont live w/the cat unless its also effecting your everyday life too.
Can cause litterbox avoidance issues Can cause behavioral changes (biting instead of clawing) Is painful for days for the animal Actually removes the first joint of their toes (do you want someone to sauter off your first joints of your fingers?) Is cruel and inhumane (as far as i know all of Europe and other civilized countries have banned this procedure due to the cruel and inhumane factor) Cat can never go outside as it cannot defend itself Cat has no natural defenses anymore (even if you leave the back toes intact the cat cant use them like he could his front claws
Dont have to worry about your furniture or parents being clawed up anymore (just being bitten now)
I can tell you from experience, I have a 13 yr old declawed cat that we inherited from my FIL when he passed. Beavis bites everything and everyone. He wont let anyone touch his paws front or back and can be very vicious. I cant tell you the number of times he has taken a hunk out of my ankles or arms as i am walking by him or even sitting next to him. I have to wear 3 pairs of socks on my feet at nite because he sleeps at my feet on the bed but should I move at all, he will immediatly bite my feet. I have horrible scars from Beavis biting me and we have only had him for 11 months now.
My other cat (1yr old) Peanut Butter grew up wearing the Soft Paws product. I bought him a scratching post early on and taught him to use it. I keep his nails clipped and sometimes use the nail caps still. Hes a clawed cat though and can cause damage. But he has never caused harm like Beavis does.
Hubby wanted to declaw PB when we got him but I wouldnt let him. The only reason is because he thought all indoor cats need to be declawed. We recently moved into a new home and got all new furniture. PB has no interest in clawing up our new furniture.
Also, Should Beavis get out, I doubt he would make it long, as he couldnt defend himself. Now PB on the other hand, I can see him surviving outside as he can and will catch prey.
Anyway theres my point of view. Im not pro declawing as you can see. One of our gubernatorial candidates actually has on his platform that if he is elected he will ban declawing in our state.
Try to give Soft Paws a chance. You will be amazed at how well they work and actually how long they stay on the cat. very easy to apply and maintain.
every cat i have owned has been declawed except for one. i will never own a clawed cat again. also i have never experienced any of the supposed cons to declawing with any of my cats. the two cats i have now are declawed and are the most affectionate cats i have ever owned. much to my dismay they are both excellent hunters and catch both mice and birds very easily. 98.9 percent of the injuries we treat in cats are due to bite wounds not wounds caused by claws. if claws are going to cause an injury it is usually an eye that gets scratched, which can turn into a more serious problem then a bite wound. have seen loads of cats DOA from tangling with dogs. guess their claws weren't an effective enough defense.
the number one reason why cats are euthanized is behavioral problems. the number one behavioral problem is litterbox avoidance. this problem affects both clawed and declawed cats, it isn't just declawed cats that have these issues. my male had this issue. it started right after he got his first urinary tract blockage, which was a full 2 1/2 years after his declaw surgery. if his litterbox is kept spotless he uses it. if i forget just one day to scoop it out i pay. so his issue isnt related to being declawed either. i wish there was one concrete reason why cats didn't use their boxes. it certainly would eliminate a lot of young cats being euthanized because their owners don't want to deal with that. if it were just as simple as not declawing your cat then that would be wonderful. but it isn't .
Although I'm against declawing - declawing involves removing part of the toe and is very painful - I have a cat who is declawed, only in her front paws of course.
My cat came to me that way. It wasn't mine or my family's choice.
She is the friendliest cat I've ever met. She adores humans and trusts them a lot. She has never bitten, nipped, or even swatted at anyone before, not even when she's scared. She wouldn't hurt a fly. No, wait, I take that back. Despite not having any front claws, she can still kill mice and rats. I think the little saying that cats are aggresive if declawed is a myth. I've met many, many amazingly friendly, declawed cats.
But...I've seen a cat lett than an hour after a declawing. Her paws looked unbelievably thin and stringy. She could barely walk, and couldn't jump up or off anything for about a week. It hurt her too much.
I say ONLY declaw a cat if you absolutely have to. And, once declawed, the cat should not go outside. She can't protect herself as well if attacked by another animal.
BTW, your cat is ADORABLE! I love black and white cats :)
For whatever it's worth -- My current cat was adopted from the humane society. I had sign a form promising that I would not declaw.
Add: I went back and read the thread again. Smokey's been forced to adapt given the problems with his back legs. Now you want to take that adaptation away? Ugh. I would vote for separating cat and mom in the future, if at all possible.
***Edited By: NoDogYet on 11/5/2006 1:43:11 PM*** Reason: +