(Closed) Has anyone had their cat declawed?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Yep! My parents had our cat declawed when I was a kid, but only the front claws! They did it for the same reasons you talk about, they wanted to have another baby but were worried about him scratching the baby. He had no complications or problems after the surgery. They kept his scratching post because he would still use it and pretend to scratch! He was an awesome cat and we saw no change in behavior or personality because of being declawed! I don’t want to start an argument about it being inhumane or not but if I had a cat I would consider it. 

Edit: I think it would be terrible to do on a cat that was mostly outside though. They would have no way to defend themselves :/ 

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Please don’t. That’s all. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

When I was young, my mother had our cat declawed. To be honest, our cat was fine. I’ve heard its inhumane, etc. but our cat was an indoor cat and just has never seemed to mind very much. Have you exhausted all other options? Including capping the claws? I would prob try that before anything else.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Years ago I had a cat declawed (only the front).  The scratching and destruction immediately ceased.  I don’t even remember there being any after care or medical issues.  The only problem was that we had to be very careful about her being outside. We found that she could still climb trees with those back claws.

Now, I have two cats that are declawed.  (I got them from the pound that way.)  I live in a wooded area now with all of the forest’s creatures roaming about, so I have to be vigilant about keeping them indoors.  One really wants to get out, but she needs to stay in for her own safety.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

All my cats have been declawed (front only) except one (my farm cat) and they were all fine.  We never saw any difference in them from before and after.  They all lived to be old cats.  My farm cat never scratched my furniture, she was usually pretty busy stalking mice but I do have a scar or two from her.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We have never done it.  Have you tried trimming her claws?  We do that for our cats and they don’t scratch us unless we are bothering them and they are flailing around trying to get away.

I wouldn’t expect the cat to be gone by the time she is 8 years old though, our second cat is still alive and he is 15 and kicking.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@redheadem:  We had a cat when my son was little.  In my case, we did an introduction with the baby and the cat.  I can’t remember the details, but we went by the vets instructions.  They ended up being best friends.  I would have to detangle the cats fur from my sons fingers and pull her tail out of his mouth, still she never hissed or attempted to scratch him.  Sometimes they would even sleep together on the living room floor.  I think the purring put DS out.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Wait a minute – I wasn’t going to say anything because I thought you said you already did all the research – but you haven’t even tried any other options? How is it possible that your first choice is to declaw a cat??

To answer your question, yes, I suppose cutting off someone’s fingers is generally considered more humane than killing someone. But that’s the extent of “humane” we are talking about here. Both are unimaginably awful – even more so when other options have not been exhausted. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Jupster:  I think she just meant that she knows the other options that are available but she doesn’t need to actually act on anything right now because they aren’t having a baby any time soon! I don’t believe she said it was her first choice either! 

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Cats who scratch as a behavior simply become cats who bite when they are declawed.  This is not an opinion, but a fact.  Try spraying him with a spray bottle of water whenever he scratches you.  He probably thinks he’s playing. I had a cat who was like that too.

Cats who scratch furniture to sharpen their claws (not a behavioral thing) may end up being “fine” – but – plenty of people who have their fingernails ripped off are “fine” too, but that doesn’t make it right to do to someone on purpose.

Just because they cant express pain doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt.

Please try “soft claws” or another type of claw cap before you considering declawing. If not, I would try to find someone on Craigslist who will adopt your cat before you consider declawing OR giving him up to a shelter.

 

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