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PhillyB

declawing a cat

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I wouldn't do it.

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Real men declaw their cats with their teeth.

Actually, real men don't have cats. But this method would help you save face.

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if the concern is defending themselves, then don't remove at all. no matter where they are, who is around [even if no one], they always hiss and scratch and claw. if they could say one thing, it would be, "don't kill me don't kill me don't kill me."

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No, I wouldn't have a cat declawed. It's cruel. Find something for her to scratch, like LIAG said.

I hope no vets are still doing it.

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It is a major surgery. They have to take the entire last bone out of the paws. Cats claws aren't like our finger nails. It's a horrible practice that has terrible psychological effects on the animals. You might actually have trouble finding a vet that will perform the procedure as most of them refuse to do it these days. You need to find a scratching object that your cat will use and they will stop using your furniture.

It's a cat's way at trimming their front claws. I have a major cat scratching post that looks like a wave. I find parts of her claws all the time embedded into the carpeting.

I would NEVER declaw a cat. How you like to be de-fingered!

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I have to agree that you should never declaw a cat. I'm a dog person, but have had a few cats in the family.

If you do decide to follow through with the declaw, and can find a vet that does it, then you can never let the cat outside again. You've doomed the cat to the confines of your home for the remainder of it's life.

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http://declawing.com

Written by Veterinarian, Dr. Christianne Schelling

If you are considering declawing your cat, please read this. It will only take a moment, and it will give you valuable information to help you in your decision.

First, you should know that declawing is pretty much an American thing, it's something people do for their own convenience without realizing what actually happens to their beloved cat. In England declawing is termed "inhumane" and "unnecessary mutilation." I agree. In many European countries it is illegal. I applaud their attitude.

Before you make the decision to declaw your cat, there are some important facts you should know. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed.

Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes". When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.

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Declawing a cat is akin to cutting your fingertips off. Get a cat tree, praise the cat when he uses it. squirt bottle with water if he touches your furniture.

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my cat (RIP 1995-2012) was never de-clawed. he was an outdoor cat, so that was pretty much out of the question imo. he grew out of tearing poo up eventually. one of those scratching posts would probably help.

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scratching posts it is then...

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