Post # 1
just curious to see what people have to say. I see so many people claiming that it is so inhumane and that people who declaw their cats should be sent to jail.
I think it’s not a surgery to be taken lightly, and know that is does cause the cat pain. I guess what sticks out to me is A- it’s painful for cats to be neautered and spayed but we do that for the good of the human population (not the cat) and B- is it better to send a cat to a shelter where it could live for YEARS in a cage before being adopted rather than getting it declawed?
Anyways- just want to hear some reactions but please please please do not post 500 posts saying “it’s amputating it’s fingers” because we only need 1 explanation! it IS INDEED AMPUTATING THE FINGER AT THE FIRST JOINT.
Post # 3
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#6 is declawing cats.
Edit: I also clearly fail at posting links nicely. But you get the idea.
Post # 4
Personally, I don’t care if you want to declaw your cat or not. I don’t consider it inhumane and I would never judge someone for doing it.
Post # 5
I voted that it might be okay as a last resort. I have a cat and he’s not declawed, but then again I got him as a kitten and was able to train him to a) not scratch and b) let me trim his nails. 🙂 I don’t think it’s comparable to spaying/neutering though because that actually heals within a few days (neutering especially) and actually does help the cat–having kittens too young or prowling around looking for females in heat is definitely not good for a cat’s health.
But all this being said, I definitely think it’s better to get your cat declawed than to give it up to a shelter. Try training, try cool stratchy posts, try SoftPaws and other similar products…If all else fails, I guess declawing might be the only option. Personally, I’m really glad that I never had to consider this option, though.
Post # 6
My cats (just 2 in the course of my life) were declawed at my mother’s request, front paws only. They are probably 80% outdoor and 20% indoor cats, and we live away from the street, so they have a lot of prowl space, but fights with local wildlife and other cats have occurred, and believe me they still got in scratches with their back paws! I do not think it is inhumane, esp. when done when they are young, they grow up learning how to defend themselves with out them, and first cat lived to 18, current cat is 9, and they are quite unbothered by the lack of claws!
Post # 7
If declawing a cat meant it got out of the shelter, or escaped being euthanized, by all means. I’d hope the owner does it at the same time the cat got fixed though.
Post # 8
What does the first option mean? Does it mean they should throw the cat out or give it to a shelter? I didn’t vote because I wasn’t sure if I agreed with any of the choices.
Im not in favor of declawing cats as their claws are their defense mechanism. Should they ever get out of the house, they will not have anything to defend themselves with. That said, I know plenty of people who do declaw their cats and I dont hold it against them, but I would never do it.
Post # 9
It depends on what it’s the last resort FOR. If it’s just scratching the furniture, I think the owner should get over it. If it’s scratching babies/children, then I agree something has to be done.
Post # 10
Our cat is declawed and she was at a very young age. In the front only…She can surprisingly still do some damage with those back claws though! She is indoor only.
Post # 11
I think if the cat is young enough, it’s okay — as long as the vet that does it does a good job. I know it is illegal in Europe, and a lot of people say it permanently damages the cat’s paws, and leaves them with lifelong pain…but the declawed cats I’ve seen are in no pain at all.
My cat is sitting in my lap right now si I can’t see…lol. She is not declawed. And is licking my face. Can’t submit cause I can’t see. haha okay that’s over. I wouldn’t get her declawed now even though it would be so nice…she’s 8 and I think that’s too old.
Post # 12
I know its not supposed to be a comfortable procedure for the cat, but if it means the cat can have a happy home and not end up in the shelter im totally fine with it. My cat I adopted from the shelter and I picked her specifically because she was already declawed. I had a cat in college I rescued from outside and we had her declawed (front only). Sure she wasn’t happy for a couple days, but she lived a spoiled life in a clean home. I was renting at that time and wasn’t really supposed to have a pet so I couldn’t take any chances with things being clawed up. I love my cat like my children (furbabies) so its not that I am a monster who hates animals. Furthest from it. As long as the cats are indoors, it is fine.
Post # 13
I don’t want to get into a debate about it because I’m sure there are many bees that can give more articulate POV’s than me. However, I will offer something from an emotional standpoint.
I have a cat that lived in my mother’s house with me before I got married. I got her when I was a teenager, and she was practically a newborn kitten, and she is my baby. I love her so much. But when my husband and I moved into our new apartment, the owner was not cool with us having a cat. The entire apartment is carpeted (don’t get me started, we live in South Florida) and the last renter had a cat that the owner was not happy about. She told us that if we wanted to bring our cat, we’d have to put down a $250 deposit and get her declawed. I highly considered it for about a minute, and then I realized that I didn’t want to put my cat through something like that. I got her neutered when she was a kitten, and even though I knew I had to do that, it was so hard seeing her in pain afterward. I really have an emotional bond with this cat. I knew that I couldn’t put her through pain for my own selfish wants – having her come live with me – when she’s perfectly fine in my mom’s house, I just miss her a lot.
When I was a kid we did have a cat that was declawed – we got her as a grown cat from someone who was giving her away because her roommate was allergic – and she was a very sweet cat and I did like the benefits that having a declawed cat gave us. However, I wasn’t the one who made the call and didn’t have this cat prior to the surgery.
I know this went on a little long, but this is the emotional aspect to me that I went through concerning this topic in my own life. I just couldn’t put my own cat through something like that, and I did see it that I would be maiming her if I did.
ETA: I would get my cat declawed before I sent her to a shelter. In my case, I obviously was very lucky that I didn’t have to.
Post # 14
It’s really a last resort thing for us but unfortunately, it very well may come down to it for our kitty. Lincoln has DESTROYED our furniture and my extremities. We’ve tried everything and nothing works. The time will come for us to replace our furniture and we won’t allow him to ruin another $2k couch. I don’t want to get him declawed. I really don’t want to cause him any pain because I love him like my child but if it’s between a medical procedure that will cause temporary discomfort or having to give him away, we will opt for the procedure. I hope it doesn’t come down to that but I have a feeling that it will.
Post # 15
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
Personally, I don’t believe in declawing cats. There are ways to train animals to stop from scratching that don’t resort to operations – and if there are problem areas/pieces of furniture in your house, remove them. Our cats both scratched when they were kittens, but have gotten much better as they get older. Furniture can be replaced, walls can be painted; pets can’t.
To me, having a pet is a huge responsibility. If you’re wanting a perfect house with no scratch marks, then perhaps bringing home a cat is not the right choice for your family.
Also, desexing animals actually prevents cancer of the reproductive organs – so yes, while it is a means to reducing animal breeding, it’s also a health issue. All of my cats are indoor only, and my dog has no contact with any other animals, yet all have been desexed for this reason. 🙂
Post # 16
I do not understand the need to declaw cats. I have owned many cats, I trim their nails. I have never had any issues that would ever make me consider declawing. I personally believe if you need to declaw your cat, then you probably picked the wrong pet to have. Sent to jail? I am not sure that makes sense to me, fined and the cat taken way/ not allowed to own cats makes more sense. I do not agree with declawing in any situation.