Post # 1
I have two cats, one 5 years old and the other is 6 months old. The kitten has scratched up the side of our new couch. I cut her nails very often and we have 2 scratching posts. We are thinking out getting her declawed. Do you think it is cruel to declaw? I always thought it was but our furniture is getting ruined and i even sprayed the stuff on the couch to try to prevent her from scratching but it doesn’t seem to work at all.. I never had this issue with my other cat.
Any advice from preventing her from scratching the leather coucH as I do not want her declawed.
Post # 3
@becca83: This can be a pretty heated conversation. I would never do that to my cats, its cutting off the first part of their toes. It leads to litter box issues, issues in defending themselves, increase in agression. Many vets in my area will not even offer the service. We’ve found with my cat who has issue with clawing ‘soft caps’ that go over her claws work amazing, yes they’re a bit of a pain to put on & they dont last as long as the box says they do but we’ve been very happy with the results. Please do your reasearch before you decide a couch is more important than your kitty friends health 🙂
Post # 4
@becca83: I didn’t know this was a “bad” thing to do until recently. I don’t have a problem with it if there is a valid reason. For example, my parents declawed their cat because they also have a dog and all 5 of us kids have dogs. The cat would claw their eyes out, seriously. It was either that or get rid of it. The cat is none the worse for wear, so I say do what you think is best.
I do think outdoor cats should have their claws though.
Post # 5
It’s barbaric and cruel. Just provide something more enticing for your cat to scratch. They have cardboard scratching posts that you can sprinkle catnip in. My cats love them and have never scratched at furniture or anything else I didn’t want them to. Please do some research before subjecting your kitty to this horrific procedure – amputating her toes!
Post # 6
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@becca83: I’ve heard if you put pieces of packing tape on the places where she likes to scratch, it’ll deter her. Or look online – there are tons of products and reviews. (Actual little devices that’ll train her, not just sprays. They even have little coverings for the claws that prevent scratching. http://www.softclaws.com
I would only declaw a cat as a LAST RESORT… like she’s attacking a baby or something. It’s really really cruel and often results in long-term pain and behavioral issues for the kitty 🙁
Good info on it: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/declawing.html
Post # 7
Imagine cutting your fingers off at the first knuckle, right above your palm. That’s what declawing is to a cat. I am vehemently against it. It robs them of their natural defenses (Even if they don’t need it) so they tend to bite more. I find it to be terribly, terribly cruel. I wish the US would make it illegal.
Scratching can be remedied so many different ways. I would suggest claw caps before you even think about putting them through this. A scratching post, they sell sticky tape (Cats don’t like sticky sensations), reinforce good behavior and punish bad behavior.
Post # 8
@Hyperventilate: +1, exactly what I was going to say. I’d never do it to a cat.
Post # 9
I think you are past the point when it should be done. Ideally, they should be declawed between 8-14 weeks- after that it’s really a bad idea. They’re heavier then and put more weight on their paws during recovery, they’ve also lived quite a bit of time with their claws- and, as you’ve noticed- your kitten quite likes hers, they may also develop bad habits- the chance of this increases the longer they go before they are declawed.
For background-I used to breed cats, and my kitty is declawed in the front herself. We told anyone who was thinking about declawing that they had to do it at their first vet visit the week they picked up their kitty (all kittens were sold at 12 weeks)
Post # 10
@MrsHoneyC: Thank you! I definitely will look into the soft caps. I want to find a solution and not have to declaw my kitty. She is super sweet and I would not want to cause her any pain.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t, but all of my cats have been indoor/outdoor, so they’ve needed their claws!
Post # 12
It’s very cruel … will not say anymore because it upsets me and I want to remain nice.
Post # 13
@Hyperventilate: For the claw caps, I will go out to buy them and see if they work. How do you attach it to each claw? It said it will drop off as the nail grows? Do you need to glue it on to their nails almost like having a manicure?
Post # 14
@becca83: We got them for my mom’s cat who had TALONS. Not claws, talons. He had dangerously sharp claws.
Basically you clip the sharp point off each claw and apply a tiny drop of glue into the cap (Imagine a claw-shaped sleeve), then you slide the cap onto the claw, hold for a few seconds and move on.
They’re going to fight you the first few times because it’s weird, but Shack eventually succumbed to his ritual. As the claw grows out, the cap will fall off and you need to replace it. They’re made of silicone so they’re super soft and they don’t hinder the cat in any way.
Post # 15
It is outlawed in quite a few countries as it is considered animal abuse. I totally agree.
If a person values their furniture more than their pet, then they should have pets without claws! Would people be as agreeable to getting their child’s fingers loped off at the first joint for putting their hands in the cookie jar?
Post # 16
Declawing is like amputating part of their fingers, so I think it’s awful. I would never do it and I don’t think anyone else should either.