-> Get your cat declawed.-> Rick->
Absolutely DO NOT get your cat declawed. It's a horrible and painful
process. Some cats never recover, emotionally. Some suffer horrible
infections after the surgery.
Horsefeathers! As long as the vet's name isn't Dr. Mengele, the
cats will hardly notice. I've had three cats done recently (past
two years) and a few more *years* ago. No problems with any. The
most recent didn't even stop climbing and jumping after the
surgery. They were groggy (neutered at the same time) the first
day and slept but by the second they were bouncing all over the
house, as usual. They've never been outside, but front claws
aren't cat's main defense anyway. They're more or less a warning
of things to come.
I suppose you don't support neutering cats either? After all, some
cats will get infections from any surgery and may never "recover"
emotionally from neutering either (the plan, actually ;-).
Our cat has still never complained.
If you're living in a log cabin, with hand built furniture,
by all means, leave the claws.
If you let the cat outside, leave the claws.
Our prior cat tunnelled her way under the carpet and took
the arms off the couches. Judging by the look on her face
she found the scratching post amusing.
I don't think it's horrible for the cat,
but I find having our furniture destroyed pretty horrible.
I had my cat denutted and declawed in the front only on the same day. Outside
of he didn't know whether to sit or stand for a few days, he got over it just
fine. As for going outside, I let him out as before. All the major asskicking
Mr. Kitty dishes out is done with the back claws.
With the loss of the front claws, no more torn up furniture; no more climbing up
drapes; no more climbing up my leg. Actually, he still thought he had claws in
the front, as he would still visit the scratching post to pat it every now and
Emotionally? I'm sure he blamed the vet; not me. Hell... I saved him from
whatever other devious plans the vet had for him.
At least trim your cat's claws. Ours gets a weekly nail trim. Makes her more
house compatable. Being done each week, she gets quite used to it, doesn't
mind at all, becomes part of grooming. Just to make it even easier for the
cat, it is done when she is just wakened from a sound sleep that way she is
still groggy and has little resistance in her.
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