How Do You Feel About DeClawing Cats?

Leah - posted on 03/29/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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How do you feel about declawing cats? Front Only? Front & Back? Not At All? Why do you choose/choose not to?

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Sarah - posted on 06/10/2010

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I am 100% against it!!!!

I chose not to because you are not just cutting the nail off you are removing (basically mutilating) part of your pets toes!! It would be like cutting your fingers off to the first knuckle! It is also very painful for the cat and can lead to crippling of the feet.

Not to mention EVERY SINGLE PERSON I know who had their cat's declawed now have cats with major behavior problems, proving to me it is traumatizing and leaves emotional scars on the animal as well as physical!

Cats actually walk on their toes so they have to step on that part that was removed over and over, I can only imagine how painful and alarming that is to the animal. There are alternatives like trimming the nails and softpaws so I do not see why anyone who knew that facts would do something like that, honestly.

No offense to those that have, just MY opinions!

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Kimberly Su - posted on 02/22/2011

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I don't think it harmful at all If you are going to keep the cat inside you should get the front claws remove but keep the back claws.So they don't scratch up your stuff. They still will be able play with their toys if they are inside cats . Now if the cat is one that goes in and out you may want to
keep the claws trim. The cats will still be able defend themself when they are out. But yet won't scratch the heck out of your stuff inside.

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2011

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Some people are totally against it and others do it. I personally since I was growing up have always had declawed cats. We have always had strictly indoor cats and have always declawed them as early as the vets would allow it. We now have 4 cats though, 2 that are declawed and 2 that aren't. 1 was already declawed when she got her, and the other we got done very early on because we would always say he used his claws for evil, lol. He would climb things.. chairs, curtains, and our legs.. and a water bottle, never worked. He kinda likes water. You spray him, he licks the spot, and goes right back to doing what he was doing! He is also the kind of cat that drinks out of the faucet letting the water run off his head. But, we were trying to get pregnant at the time when we had him and didnt want him to claw a baby. But we got him fixed and declawed at the same time and brought him home the next day and he was the same cat, jumping around and getting into trouble like nothing had happened. We've never had any problems with any of our cats being declawed.
The kittens we got we decided not to declaw them because there was no reason for it. They don't really use them and have always been good with the baby. SO we just kept them with their claws and they don't use them on the other cats when they play like the one we got declawed did.
So either way, if you have indoor only cats and you want to declaw them, do it very early on. I'd say once a cat hits a year old that is still pushing it and there are more risks for complications once they get older! But if you have an indoor/outdoor cat or outdoor cats, absolutely do NOT declaw them unless you want them to get seriously hurt because they can't defend themselves!

Jamie - posted on 11/29/2010

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I am against it. If the cat is outside at all he/she needs their claws. How will they defend themselves? How will they catch their own food? How will they dig in the dirt to cover their own waste and that goes for the litter pan too. The caps work great and if they are clawing furniture or have smaced at you or another member you can use the water bottle trainer. My cat was very temper mental and didnt wanna be around anyone and thought she owned the couches and chairs. She would claw, swat and smack anyone or any thing that got near. So I got a cheap spray bottle from the store and put water in it. Everytime she would claw someone or something I would spray her woth the water bottle and then put her outside. Now she sleeps in the bed with us, plays with my daughters who are 23 months and 9 months. She no longer needs the water bottle to follow instruction. It just takes patience with some animals. But anyway, if you love your animal don't put them in pain (declawing is a painful process) or at risk for infections(they can get an infection from being declawed if not cleaned or taken care of properly) or even severe injury (if they don't have claws they cant defend themselves and could be seriously hurt or killed my another animal or human).

Lesley - posted on 10/01/2010

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They have alternatives they have caps ur can put on ur cat.. DO NOT declaw them that it like cutting off ur fingertips I don't think u would like that very much. The caps really work i don't have any cats but my friends does and they work really well :)..

Katy - posted on 07/21/2010

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Not at all!!! My parents did that back when we were younger, to all of our cats, and two of the three had ongoing problems with their paws, pain, limping.... I don't know what they did to them but I'd never to that to my three now. We have a 5 year old that we got from the shelter at the age of 2 and she still has her claws, when she gets into a clawing mood, we put caps on her claws, we keep her claws trimmed and she has a huge cat tree she can claw on, plus if she claws anything other then that she gets squirted with water, one of the best deterrents with her. Now we have two kittens that were rescued after being thrown out onto the street, that we'll probably have to cap for a while, until they learn to control their claws. I refuse to declaw my cats, not after what I saw as a kid.

Sue - posted on 04/09/2010

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Why do you want to declaw your cat? Maybe get it a scratching post? If it goes outside it won't be able to defend itself nearly as well.

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I have assisted in many of these and when a cat growls or cries, you know they are feeling it (we upped the iso at that point). I have seen the older cats in so much pain, they don't want to walk or put their paw down. It's saddening. This procedure is banned in some countries (Europe, New Zealand, Australia) and considered animal abuse. Most vets use traditional nail clippers to amputate and some use a surgical blade or a combination of both (usually when the clippers don't fully excise the joint, it will then be cut out with the blade).

Unlike most mammals, cats walk on their toes vs pads of their feet.

An informative site is declawing.com or google search onychectomy.

Leah - posted on 04/08/2010

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Jill, I was just wondering...how do you know they are still feeling whats going on if they are under anesthesia?

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When declawing a cat, it is best to do this as a kitten. The older they get, the more painful it is and the longer the recovery. If you look at your fingers, the part that is taken off the cat's claw is the equivalent to that very first joint of a human finger. I have assisted in this procedure many times and kittens generally didn't have any problems. Again, the older the kitten/cat, the harder it is (and the more they weigh). At one point, the vet I was working with incorporated using an additional injectable pain medication into each of the cat's toes (done while already under anesthesia). This was supposed to make recovery easier. You can trust me when I say, many cats, under anesthesia, can still feel this amputation.

If you are in need of this procedure for personal reasons (new leather furniture perhaps), it might be worth a try to buy nail caps called soft paws. Also, be sure to have various scratching posts.

Corinne - posted on 03/29/2010

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i dont see the harm if the cat is an all indoor cat! i dont personally do it bc i like my indoor/outdoor cats! i think its personally a little cruel to declaw them and then let them outside! poor kitties dont stand a chance sometimes! of course we used to have a cat, growing up, that was declawed in the front and still knew how to fight using her back claws if needed!

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