(Closed) Has anyone had their cat declawed?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Although I wouldn’t get a cat declawed–my mom had her cat declawed. This cat is pure evil (and I LOVE cats). But my mom loves her so much. My mom wasn’t worried about her furniture–the cat loved to scratch people–and my mom was doing breast cancer treatment and on blood thinners and the cat kept scratching my mother and my mom wouldn’t stop bleeding. The doctor told her to get rid of the cat! Trimming and soft paws were tried and failed–in the end she wanted to keep the cat, so my mom had her front paws declawed. I still don’t like that cat, but she is obviously not scratching and doesn’t bite either.

 

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

If it is inhumane to put them through this proceedure, it is doubly so to do it to a cat that is already eight years old.

Cats don’t bite or scratch for no reason, unless there is something mentally wrong.  She is probably giving you warning signs that you are failing to notice.  Do some research on cat body language and/or watch some episodes of “My Cat From Hell” featuring cat beahaviorist Jackson Galaxy.  There are several episodes where the person claims their cat bites or scratches them for no reason, yet when you see the footage, the cat is clearly uncomfortable and is expressing such, but the person doesn’t seem to realize it until BOOM! the cat scratches them and forces them to stop doing what they were doing.

There are many other options out there; amputation shouldn’t even be a consideration.  MrsJazz’s mother had a valid reason for declawing, especially since a tempermental cat likely wouldn’t make it out of a shelter alive, and time was of the essence.  You have the luxury of the time needed to invest in training. Also, if you are properly supervising interactions between cat and theoretical baby, said baby shouldn’t be at risk of getting scratched in the first place.

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Have you considered just keeping her nails trimmed fairly short? As long as they’re blunted, she won’t be able to do much (if any) damage. There are also those rubberized things you put on a cat’s claws to cover them.

She’s lived eight years with her claws and would probably have a very hard time adapting if you were to declaw her now. I think it would almost be more humane to just put her down, if it’s that the only option other than declawing her. :/

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Miss Apricot:  I agree 100% with everything you said, especially that it would be doubly inhumane to declaw an 8 year old cat. 

We have 2 cats that we adopted as kittens. We clip their nails every few weeks and they have a scratching post. We’ve never had any problems with them scratching us. I second everything that has been said about trying the nail caps and a water bottle. Please don’t declaw the cat. 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@redheadem:  I agree with PP that there are other things you should try first, like soft paws. But I also wanted to speak up and say I understand your dilemma, and that if they don’t work and it ends up being a choice between having her declawed vs. taking her to the pound, don’t beat yourself up over having her claws removed. As an ethical pescetarian, I find the outrage many people claim to feel over this issue ridiculous and disingenuous. Seriously, people, you think the animals that got turned into your cat’s kibble didn’t suffer 20x as much? Or that last night’s pork chop had an enviable life? A housecat has it pretty good, and if ultimately you feel that declawing is the solution that allows you to feel like your child will be safest, chances are she’ll still be much happier with you than going to a pound/no kill shelter, especially if you find a vet you trust and make sure she gets painkillers not just during the operation but while she’s healing.

Good luck–I hope you find something that works!

Post # 38
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’ve never had a cat that wasn’t at least front declawed. My cat now is front/ back declawed but the previous owner did it… I’m glad though because my son would be scratched to death if she wasn’t… As long as I have young kids in my home my cats will always be at least front declawed, for safety of the kiddos.

Post # 39
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@mrssrm:  I don’t see how people are being disingenuous or ridiculous, you take an animal in as a pet to be a member of the family, whose well being and comfort you actively promise to make a priority. It’s a tad different than a farm raised pork chop or a bag of Kibble. Researching all options until there are non left is always preferable to just saying “Cut it’s claws out” as so many do.

Post # 40
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mrssrm:  

How is it disengenous?   Thats a silly thing to compare it to.  I have ZERO control over the meat industry. I haven’t bought red meat in a grocery store for 10 years, but that hasn’t stopped them from doing what they do to cows, no matter how I feel about it.

On the other hand, I have ONE HUNDRED PERCENT control over how I treat my cat, who I have chosen to take in to my home.  No one is forced to own a cat. No one.  So it is not at all “ridiculous” to expect that if you opt to become a pet owner, you are responsible for not inflicting pain and suffering on that animal. 

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@KatyElle:  

Ha, I would have just wrote “THIS” if I’d seen your post before I wrote mine.  😉

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We have two cats and we put Soft Paws on them. They last a long time for us, and the cats don’t try to chew them off (although I know some cats try to). We have a ragdoll and I would not feel good about declawing such a large cat (or any cat for that matter), I would hate to think I would be inflicting pain on our baby! The Soft Paws protect out skin and our furniture – and they come in fun colors!

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have two friends who recently (within the past three months) had their cats declawed. One of them has owned cats perviously and had them declawed. For the other friend, this was their first cat to have declawed. Both have said that they REALLY REALLY REALLY regret doing it and wish they hadn’t had the procedure done. My sister has a friend whose kitty wears those little rubber caps over her claws (she has pink ones lol) and I guess it’s really solved a lot of their problems. I haven’t tried them on my own cat though. In my experience, a cat that has his/her nails trimmed regularly and a variety of different scratchers (carpetted scratching posts, cardboard scratchers that rest on the floor, and the kind that have rope on them) will be better off. They say that cats are pretty picky about their scratchers – we had one that LOVED those cardboard scratchers and now we have a new kitty who won’t even scratch the cardboard – he likes the rope kind. We also have had a cat that was really good about getting his nails trimmed by us (with human nail clippers – careful not to cut the quicks) and we have had a cat that was a little more difficult to trim so we took her to the vet (but I’m sure you could do a groomer too) to have them done about once a month or so – really not that expensive and totally worth it because kitties with trimmed nails do a lot less damage. One thing I have to commend you on is trying to find various solutions to your problem before turning your cat over to a shelter. I see so many kitties brought to shelters because there was a problem that had a simple solution but the owner didn’t take the time to investigate various solutions.  If you did take your kitty to a shelter there’s a good chance your kitty would end up being put down or would live the rest of his/her life in the shelter. I’ve volunteered at several shelters and adult cats don’t have a great chance of being adopted. If they’re over 3 years of age they have very very little, if any chance of being adopted. Good luck! I hope you find something that works for you and for your cat! 🙂

Post # 44
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have 2 cats and they are both declawed. I did not want to do it at first, but even with clipping the nails every week I ALWAYS ended up with scratchs on my legs and arms. They like to chase each other, and frequently take off by digging their claws into whatever surface they are on…which was occasionaly my thighs. 

Honestly i was concernec about doing it with our cat who was 3 when he had it done, but he was fine! he is completly the same as before, but now i can wear shorts in the summer and worry! Th kitten was fine too! infact she is more cuddly now that we had her claws out!

I am glad we did it! espically when my future nephew comes over. I used to be so nervous he was going to get scratched while playing with my cats.

Post # 45
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Jupster:  Both are unimaginably awful – even more so when other options have not been exhausted. 

I imagine the OP would find laying out those other options to be more helpful than merely criticizing her.  It would also be more productive use of your time if you are hoping to educate and persuade her against this plan of action.  🙂

OP, I see a lot of good suggestions regarding retraining or implements (what the heck are “soft paws” anyways).  If you really think she’d be put down if you brought her back to the shelter at age 8, have you contemplated bringing her back now while she might be more adoptable, if you are dead set that you will want to have kids and don’t want to risk the cat clawing them?

My Fiance owns a cat that has not been declawed.  She claws us sometimes, but most of the time, although not always, it’s because we’re doing something she doesn’t like, like telling her not to climb on a table or to move away from the door.  (Not to say that we wouldn’t tell her not to do things if we have kids, but at least it helps we know some triggers.)

Post # 46
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

OP, my cat is declawed front claws only. She has never had an issue. She is 2 years old. 

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