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Readers Respond: Tell Us What You Think About Declawing Cats

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Declaswing cats

I am totally against declawing cats of any kind. Why, I have taught cougar kittens, and adults, bobcats, and feral cats, how NOT TO CLAW. A gentle tap on the paws is all it takes. I have done this since age 10. I am now 63.
—Guest Betty Williamson

scratchy

Having rescued cats as pets for 30 years, I have NEVER had any declawed. I clip their nails myself; I don't believe in de-clawing, and keep my kitties inside.
—Guest BarbLou

It's mutilation

I can think of no reason to declaw a cat when there are other options available such as keeping the claws trimmed, providing a suitable and attractive scratching surface.
—Guest frenchykatz

Cat declawing

I had one cat declawed years ago. Later, after I found out what actually got done I decided I would never have another cat declawed. I provide enough scratching materials and I trim the nails frequently. It works out great that way.
—Guest buterflbarb

Cat Declawing

I to am against declawing of cats, You need to teach the cats where clawing is allowed and have various places where they can scratch. They need their claws for defense and also climbing if they get outside. I have 5 cats and none will scratch a person they can be trained from kittyhood not to and even in playing with them as well. My cats are very friendly with each other as well as other animals. It is all in how you train them to be. They are also very friendly with people.
—Guest Dianne Sahakian

Cats should never be declawed.

Declawing is cruel to the cat. I volunteer with a small shelter. We are always ready to talk to people about alternatives to declawing. Cats love to scratch. At a very minimum, it is cruel to deprive them of this inborn pleasure.
—Guest Susan

declaw cats

Okay, I've read some more and there are other humane options out there, so yes, if your cat will use soft claws and you are able to train cats to only claw allowed places, Great, do it. Still, declawing is a better option than death for unwanted and/or destructive cats that haven't learned the skill to only claw correct places. Some people will still love and give a cat a great home, but don't have time/skill to train the cat to only claw allowed objects. Even if it is the last option, declawing is better than no life, and i think a cat WOULD choose that if able to understand the option. I read "Can't cope, don't get a cat". Fine, that's one more of how many people who "can't cope" and won't give a cat a home. That times others who feel similarly means that many more euthanized cats. Sad fact, but true.
—Guest Lisa H

Declaw cats

Well, that is a controversial topic with HUGE ramifications to cats. Do you declaw a cat and at least give it a home or do all the people who would love cats as company but want to keep their furniture then decide to never have them. The cost is: Cat versus life. So many cats are destroyed annually already because of no adopters. If we disenfranchise those willing to adopt but only IF they don't keep claws, even more will be destroyed. So, even though it may be cruel to remove a section of "finger", at least they get over it, get homes, and seem totally happy to have them-versus death because no one wants thousand of dollars ruined by cat claws. Bottom line, happy home without claws or death, humm! I choose happy home. I've owned and adopted cats without claws, and they only miss them if they live outside and need to climb to escape something. I always let them keep rear claws for itching, but after the recovery, they are fine and live inside. They still love life and home.
—Guest Lisa Hnatin

Declawing Is Inhumane

Being a vet assistant, I have seen this procedure done. I hav elso seen the cats after the surgery who cannot even walk because of the pain. The United States needs to follow the European Countries and make it illegal to declaw. There are new products today like Soft Paws that do work. If people are so worried aobut their furniture, etc, then get a hamster, not a cat!
—Guest pennysaver37

Declawing

I believe it is barbaric!! It has to hurt the cat!! I have many cats--I just yell "stop that" when I hear it, they have learned exactly what Mom means! I also bought them a big fat ottoman covered in bamboo--they love to tear into it! They don't know they are tearing, it just feels good and I just sweep up what they tear off! Do I care what it looks like--NO!! When it is "gone" I will buy another one! (I also have a clean water spray bottle to break up fights or to shock clawing activity off my furniture.) We have made them house dwellers so they need some "wildness" in their life! Can you tell I adore them?
—Guest Sylvia

Declawing cats

Some cats would lose their happy home if it were not for this procedure. They will try and sharpen their claws on the furniture or woodwork and can not be broke of the habit. Also, even thought playing, can hurt children or adults by grabbing with their claws. Some of my friends have been hospitalized due to infections received by wounds from cats. If it will allow a cat to keep its happy home, declawing can be well worth while.
—Guest saintlubber

I hate that declawing is an option

I find it upsetting that vet clinics will frequently recommend declawing with spaying, as if it is a necessary procedure. I would hope that a good vet would not only make sure that the clients know just how barbaric declawing is, that they would also recommend alternatives and try to discourage declawing. I currently have a 12 week old kitten and I will be very upset if anyone at the vet hospital tries to sell me a declaw when she gets spayed. Trimming the nails is a simple alternative and my cats look forward to it. They know that nail trims come with cuddles and treats. I simply hold them on my lap like a baby, and quickly trim the nails, and follow up with their favorite treat. Super wiggly cats or older rescue cats that are not used to nail trims do well with a little distraction. I put something tasty on their tummy like NutraCal and they are so busy licking that they don't mind my clippers. :) It works every time.
—Guest Julianne

Why not cats

OK, it's good that dogs ears and tails will no longer be cropped and docked but what about the cats? Is declawing any less invasive or mutilating? No, in fact in my opinion it is more so. Amputating a third of each toe with the resulting pain & confusion for the cat seems to me to be an abomination, and a huge betrayal of that animal's trust in us. I fail to see how the amputation of the toes can strengthen the bond between the owner and cat, yes maybe the owner feels kinder towards the cat because it's perceived "bad behaviour" has been surgically stopped but surely to goodness anyone who genuinely loves cats, and their own cat in particular, would never deliberately subject that cat to a general anaesthetic and at least ten separate amputations merely for their own convenience. Banfields should lead the way and refuse to declaw any cats forthwith. Give cats should be given the same consideration as dogs and until Banfield does the same I too say Boycott Banfield.
—Guest Barbara

Declawing is cruel and un-neccessary

Declawing is now banned or considered extremely inhumane in 38 countries as it is animal abuse. There is no justification in having a cat declawed. In countries where it is banned we manage nicely with our cats with claws along with all the excuses people use for having their cats toe ends amputated! Such as babies,children, ill folk, frail folk and the most disgusting excuse of all, furniture! In my 40 years of animal nursing I never worked with a vet who would declaw a cat, in fact only one person asked and once they were told how drastic the operation is, they changed their mind. Cats need their claws for everything they do, they are the very essence of the cat and no one has the right to take their claws away. A supposed to be last resort procedure is done to kittens which haven't even had chance to learn to use a scratching post, that can't be right! I hope the day is coming soon when the USA and Canada catch up with the rest of the civilised world and stop this animal abuse!
—kattaddorra

Declawing: An Inhumane Practice

A cat simply needs its claws. Cats come from the "factory" in the majority of cases with 18 claws. That is how they were designed for optimum balance, perfect ambulation and is their first line of defense. Learning to trim claws is a simple procedure if started sufficiently early, gently with lots of rewards. Declawed cats often develop arthritis, behavior problems, such as biting an inappropriate elimination, with many of these cats surrendered to shelters because they are not "well behaved" in the way that their owners hoped to achieve. Declawed cats cannot fully stretch out their bodies, often "scratch" at furniture anyway, and can be "destructive" in many ways. It is a totally uncalled for as there are alternatives to the procedure, which do require patient attention. Most people do not know the full extent of the procedure as many vets do not share that information with their clients. There is a reason it is banned in over 38 countries around the world. We need to ban it in USA
—Guest Jo Singer

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