My parents would like to get our kitten declawed.Our other cat who is eight was declawed at the home she had before ours but for a GOOD reason. and there are younger children in the home. What is your opinion on declawing for our kitten???
I myself think it is inhumane. I use to work at a no kill cat shelter in Fresno, California. We would get cats in there who would have deformed paws from having a declawing that went bad. There are alternatives now a days. My hubby and I have 4 cats. We use the soft paws that go right over their nails. You can buy them in all kinds of colors.
All four of our cats have their claws and we have never had a problem with scratching our furniture, etc. We have plenty of "scratching toys" for them...like posts, rope and carpet, and cardboard types of scratchers. Soft Paws is another good alternative. Declawing a cat removes the first digit of thier toe. I feel that this type of surgery is pointless if you have a cat that "behaves" itself with thier claws. There are some cats that are terribly destructive and it may be the only option next to getting rid of the cat. You can Google the topic and find good info for both arguments...good luck!
My cat is declawed and has never had any problems. In fact, she still stretches and "claws" things all the time - just without the damage. A lot of people say it's inhuman because it would be like us cutting the last part of our finger off, but a cat doesn't need to use it's paws to pick things up like we do. As with all surgeries there can be complications, but most declaws go just fine without any problems later on. A friend of mine adopted a cat and signed a contract that she wouldn't declaw it and now really wishes she could. Usually her cat doesn't claw at things but if she shuts her bedroom door the cat will claw at the carpet underneath the door (whether she's in the room or out in the hall). The Softclaws are a pretty good alternative though, but they can be hard to put on and keep on since the nail continues to grow. When I got my cat I was only 14 and still lived with my parents, and she would have been forced outside if she had started clawing our furniture so I think it's a lot more humane to just declaw her so there was no way of that happening.
Okay, my Maine Coon Tommy Boy(20lbs) is declawed. My senior year in high school we lived in military housing. They had rules about pets per household, 2 pets max.
Our next door neighbor's got a kitten (Tom) and decided when he was 8 weeks old he was old enough to live outside, by himself...in their carport. I saw him sleeping on the tire of their mini van and my heart sank...long story short they couldn't handle him AND their two toddler's so I traded them two fudge pops for the cat! LOL. The parents didn't care because they hated the responsibility..... the kids were distracted by the sugar. It was win-win but we alreayd had two pets, and one was my mom's dominant male cat Tiger who would soon be MAJORLY outweighed by Tom. The ONLY way I could keep him was if I saved up and neutered, declawed, and micro'd him myself. I know if may seem cruel but he's an extremely happy, well adjusted and all around pampered cat.
Say what you will but if anything him being declawed has made us SO much more attentive to him. We keep an eye on him in the yard (six ft fence) and monitor the dog's since he can't swat them. Now he "Boxes" when he's mad/ playing/ warning someone. It has turned into a BLESSING that I did that years ago when he was young because that has been the reason we've gotten into nice apts/Townhomes as owners/landlords can be picky... AND he wont be taking my child's eye out if he get's cranky.
***Somebody may be confused as to WHEN I had him neutered and declawed, rest assured it was NOT when he was 8 weeks old. When our banfield vet determined he was old enough for the neuter/micro is when he was declawed***
***Edited By: sweetgmichelle on 12/14/2006 3:48:37 PM*** Reason: ADD
Well, cats don't need their claws for picking things up like we do, but they sure do use them to defend themselves.
My mother gave me her blue persian, sweetest thing and I just loved him. She had him declawed as a kitten, and apparently some nerve damage was done due to it, and he absolutely refused to use a litter box. I tried everything from litter to corn cob to newspaper shreddings etc, and he refused. I even tried putting carpet into his box but the damage had already been done, he had ruined my carpet in my house and nothing I could do could ever get that smell out of my carpet.
Had a neighbor whose cat had been declawed and he was actually deformed from it and walked funny because of it.
So no, I do not recommend declawing a cat. There's really no excuse to do it now a days with all of the options available, like taking a bit of time to actually ...train the cat. I think that the responsible thing to do is to at least try those options before going the declawing route, but I guess maybe it's just easy for some folks to give up and take what they think will be the easy way out.
I would never declaw a cat.
*Edit* Michelle- Your cat is absolutely gorgeous.
And I guess we can all safely say that he's well fed. ;) hehe.
***Edited By: Lorrix on 12/14/2006 12:33:18 AM*** Reason: kk
Personally, I would never declaw a cat.. it's their only protection. Should the cat escape out the door, or become stolen and put into an outside environment.. it would have no way to defend itsself. Buy the guards for their nails. Cheaper and more humane.
I clip the "hooks" off of my cats claws with human finger nail clippers when needed. In fact, it is easier then clipping my dogs nails, because the nails are so light it is easy to see the quick so as not to injure them. I have done it since they were both babies, and neither one minds it's quick as anything.
The nails aren't as hard as dogs nails either so it's easier.
Like Lorrix said, my guys use their nails to "scoop" stuff up. My furniture and carpets remain untouched.
You can also teach a cat, much like you teach them to use the litter box to scratch on a carpeted post in you house. Push their paws in a kneading way so that the claw catches.
If you catch your cat feeling the need to relieve that cat scratch fever, a water bottle works great for everyone here when they are doing something naughty. A girlfriend of mine actually goes "PSHHHH!" and taps her foot so they scatter. (I can attest to that one, I have done that a time or two with the kitchen counters and when they try to sneak food)
my cats are front declawed. had had one at one time that i never had declawed and i will never ever again have a cat that isnt. so i guess that makes me pro declaw. i will say i dont see a need to totally all 4 declaw a cat, i believe just doing the fronts is sufficient and i would try and talk someone out of doing all 4 feet but i would never try and talk someone out of doing at least the fronts. i dont see any cons with having the surgery done . if there are permanent complications from having the surgery done it is because the vet who did the procedure did it incorrectly, has nothing to do with the procedure itself. i get ticked off when people try and say that cats who have been declawed are more likely to bite, not use the litterpan, cant defend themselves, your cutting off their toes, or is psychologically damaging, etc. it is completely untrue and its just tree hugger scare tactics to get people not to do it.
thats my 2 cents on the subject. feel free to spend those 2 cents anyway you like.
Well I don't know if they're more likely to not use a litterbox, and I hope that my post doesn't give the impression that I feel that way...it's just that through my own experience, my cat wouldn't/couldn't use a litterbox, and all four vets we took him to in hopes of finding a solution said that it was due to the declawing.
Bottom line is people have to do what's best for them, their pet and their family. I just hope that they would try other options before resorting to declawing their cat, like claw covers and good old fashioned training.
Our cat has claws and he never rips things up. he knows not to sctrach the couch so he pretends to (real funny he will do the stand up lean back pull out claws but wont touch the couch with them) he does not do it to anything in the house, Instead we will catch him attacking a tree, or the house or the mail box. Its kinda funny to watch.
I think cats should keep there claws, they use them to say Hay Mr.Meow was here.