Post # 1
So we are moving in with a couple. They are great friends and her dad is renting us out this awesome home. BUT i just found out, he wants us to declaw our cat due to furniture and our friends( the couple were moving in with) are haveing a baby.
I dont really like the idea of declawing our cat. ATM she hasnt damaged anything really. So idk what we will do.
any suggestions besides resulting to declawing her?
Post # 3
Could you try the soft paws or whatever those are called? I don’t think a cat will claw a baby just because, I hate how people think that.
Post # 4
Would your vet be willing to provide you with a letter or some printed info sheets about why declawing is such a bad idea? Cats who have their claws removed resort to defending themselves with their teeth, and a cat bite is sooooo much worse than a scratch. Promise that you will provide multiple scratching posts and redirect the cat if she starts to claw furnitute. Offer to put on Soft Paws.
Post # 5
I have two cats and an infant and the only time the cats have bothered to do anything negative with the baby is when he was pulling on their fur. I agree with MissAsB: and see if the soft paws will work. I have seen some cats that don;t mind them and others that do. Good luck either way!
Post # 6
I would find a different place to live.
Post # 7
That’s awful 🙁 Declawing is so harmful for cats. I third the suggestion of Soft Paws and seriously, the whole cats attacking babies idea is so archaic. Cats couldn’t care less about our soft squishy offspring, mostly because they know we will eat them if they hurt our youngins 🙂 Get that tape that you can put on the corners of furniture, too, and spray some Bitter Apple, as well as have squirt bottles ready to give Mittens a little squirt if she gets too frisky. It’s really uncommon for cats to get declawed these days, I’m not sure if vets even do it anymore.
Post # 8
Please, please do not consider declawing the kitty. It is a brutal and very painful procedure that literally is the AMPUTATION of the end bones on the paws. It isn’t just the tip that is removed, it is below the first knuckle. it is illegal in a number of states here and some whole countries abroad. If the cat doesn’t scratch up the furniture now, what would change?! If I was in your situation and faced with this, I would absolutely find some place else to live, or rehome my cat with a close family member or neighbor so I could still see it regularly if your only option was to live in this place. Declawing should not even be an option.
Post # 10
I am not going to put my cat through a painful surgical procedure to protect a sofa. I can KIND OF see where they are coming from with the baby, because they’re new parents and probably want to protect their baby from even the thought of harm, but kids (especially babies!) and pets shouldn’t be alone unsupervised anyway, so I don’t see how that would even be an issue.
I would send them to SoftPaws.com and have them look over the website. If they think that is an alternative, I would go with that. If instead they still want you to declaw, I would find another place to live.
Post # 11
Try soft paws or clip their nails. Declaw may lead to a biting cat, a cat who won’t use the litter box, or a disabled cat. People will post how great their cat did after but it’s really the same as debarking a dog because you don’t want to hear it bark. Pets shouldn’t be physically altered for convenience when it does not improve their health at all.
Do not rehome them.. kittens are overflowing in shelters and being euth’d hourly, literally. Adult cats stand no chance.
I think it’s great this is something you are aware is bad and that you do not want to do. I applaud that you came here looking for alternatives….
You will find a wealth of info here.. perhaps share with those who want you to amputate your babies’ toes…
Post # 12
If somebody asked me to declaw my cats my response would be “Sure, if you let me rip out all your finger and toenails :)”
Post # 13
I think if your cat were a brand new kitten it could be okay, because that is when cats are often declawed. However, since it seems you’ve had your cat for a while, and he/she’s gotten used to being a whole cat, you should not hurt her.
I would never ever declaw my cat, even though her claws are SO ANNOYING. But she is annoying for other reasons, too (chewing on cardboard boxes, chewing on plastic, emptying any paper bag she sees, meowing all the time, biting my hand when I’m petting her…) that declawing her wouldn’t make much of a difference! Ha. I love her, though, and I wouldn’t declaw her because it would hurt her.
Post # 14
i just idk… im kinda upset cause i dont ever ever ever want to see my little cat( shes acturrally a huge fat cat lol) in pain but i see her as my baby… i love her soo much and couldnt bare the thought of putting her in pain
Post # 15
I would never, ever declaw my cat. I would suggest an alternative like soft paws or find somewhere else to live.
Post # 16
Cats stay away from babies…they are too noisy & unpredictable for most cats’ taste. However that’s not the answer to your question. I think I’d either try to change the man’s mind or find another place to live. Pets depend on their owners entirely – and this request asks you to do something pretty awful to your cat. If the living situation isn’t acceptable to all family members, cat included, I’d find another.