(Closed) Declawing my cat

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

You don’t happen to have, say, another friend that will take the cat short term? If you don’t have another choice, than do it, and I’m sure that you’ve thought off all the alternatives you can, but it is something to consider. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

🙁

Are claw covers an option?  It is worth checking. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@catfight:  You can’t get the claw caps or anything??  

Our cat is declawed, but it was done by the previous owner.  Even after 10 years, it still hurts him when you touch his paws.  🙁

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@chemfemme:  Oh, that breaks my heart 🙁

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@catfight:  you want us to tell you your cat will be ok, but as with any surgery, there are risks.  I agree with the claw covers and am totally against declawing.  I don’t understand what having a child has to do with declawing a cat.  If you feel that you cannot trust your child with a pet or vice versa, you’ll need to get rid of one or the other.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m sorry you’re having to do that. It sounds like you genuinely don’t want to, so I can’t imagine how guilty you’re feeling.

Laser declaw is supposed to be slightly easier to recover from than traditional. It’s still a horribly painful procedure, just slightly less so. It’s also unfortunately a very routine procedure, so try not to worry too much about things going wrong. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@catfight:  The claw covers are little plastic tips to put over your cats claws. The main drawback is that they don’t always work, and the cat will just pull them right off. It’s definitely worth a try though. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@catfight:  Check out SoftPaws http://www.softpaws.com/ . They’re a great alternative to declawing.  They remind me of fake nails. They’re glued over top of the nail. As your cats nails grow, the caps eventually fall off and you need new ones.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Can you and the landlord compromise on front declaw only, instead of all four feet?

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

So I just want to clarify, are you bringing the cat to live with you, and this is why she needs to be declawed, or is she staying with your mother and SHE is insisting it be declawed?

Here are my suggestions in either case:

If she’s moving in with you, talk to your landlord about it.  Print out some literature on why it’s harmful, offer to show her the clawcovers which you could use as an alternative,  offer to bump up your damage deposit to allay his/her fears of damage, and see if they’ll agree to the alternative.

If she’s staying with your mother:  show her the same literature, and the claw covers

If you cannot find a friend/relative you trust to re-home her, and the declawing is just not an option to your landlord/mother, then a  cat declawed by a vet is better than a cat euthanized at a shelter IMO.

Do everything you can to find an alternative, and if you can’t, find her the best medical care you can afford, love her, and move on from this difficult choice.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FutureMrsAch:  Thanks – you beat me to it!

Tell the landlord you will be fastidious about checking the claw covers’ hold, and emphasize that they GLUE on.  I think a lot of people don’t know that.  You might be able to convince them! 

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I tried the SoftPaws – my cat chewed them off.  Maybe your cat will get over them though!

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