Is it right to declaw cats and make them defensless?

@Sunset50 (1397)
United States
August 28, 2006 1:20pm CST
What if they are attacked when no one is around to help them?
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@Victoria7 (1241)
• Spain
29 Aug 06
I would strongly discourage you from declawing a cat(to put it bluntly, I am very anti-declawing). I'm not sure if you are aware what is involved in the procedure, but when cats are declawed, all of the toes are amputated up to the first knuckle! Can you imagine how incredibly painful that must be? And then having to walk around on (ie, put your full body weight on) and dig in the litter box with 10 amputated toes? Now there is a lot of hype about laser declawing - that there is much less pain and all. With a laser declaw there may be less blood and all, but it is STILL 10 amputations. It is considered so cruel that it is not done at all in European countries, and many states are working at making it illegal in the USA. Yes, most cats do make a full recovery and have no lasting effects, but some don't. Since you can never know before the procedure how the cat will be after the procedure, it just doesn't seem worth the risk, nor fair to put the cat through so much pain. Cats have claws for a reason. If you value your furniture more than the cat, don´t get a cat or do get a cat but also buy him a scratching post!
• United States
25 Nov 06
I agree with you wholeheartedly! I saw a website where they had pictures of the procedure. How horrible! I would support making it illegal in all states in the USA. I don't understand why it is not considered animal abuse. My sister had a cat with no problems clawing furniture until she moved into her new house. The cat started to scratch at her new carpet. Now the cat wears claw covers. They are called Soft-Claws and just glue over the top of the cat's natural claws. It doesn't prevent her from retracting her claws or performing any of her normal kitty duties. The cat does try to scratch, but the Soft-Claws keep her from doing any damage. The claw covers do shed off and have to be replaced every so often, but it is certainly a better idea than cutting off kitty's toes!!
@Victoria7 (1241)
• Spain
27 Nov 06
Those soft claw things might be a bit annoying for the cat but are so much more humane than ripping her claws out, that´s for sure. We had trouble getting the cats to stop shredding the furniture but you will find that if you provide a tree or cat claw stropping post (something with rope would tightly around is good) and give them a quick squirt of the water bottle saying "no" loudly when they try to use the carpet instead they do learn eventually.
• United States
12 May 07
My God how do you live so dumb SAC??? It must hurt???
@swolecat (1278)
• United States
28 Aug 06
The removal of claws does little harm .. If they had claws they would hurt woman and children for sure
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• United States
12 May 07
No you do not know what you are talking about... You are showing your absolute ignorance... Please stop humiliating yourself...
@5000ml (1923)
• Belgium
14 May 07
"No you do not know what you are talking about... You are showing your absolute ignorance... " Really? I happen to agree, declawing is not needed. You say your cat ruined your sofa? Cats are clever, they can learn what not and what to scratch. They can be taught and trained to use the scratch pole instead of the furniture. My cat was trained from the first day he arrived in my home (just 10 weeks old) and he has absolutely no wish to scratch at my furniture, he's just beyond happy with his scratch pole. Personally I believe that if a cat is born with claws it's for a very good reason and it's not up to us to play God and have them removed just to protect our precious furniture. It can be replaced, the happiness of my cat can't be. And yes, I do know what I'm talking about. I'm afraid that it's really you who are showing your ignorance. Read up about declawing, you'll encounter lots of sad stories. Declawing is illegal in several countries now and vets refuse to declaw cats in the countries where it is barely legal. Why cat owners in the US are so declaw happy I'll never understand.
• United States
21 May 07
This comment is to 5000ml... I am sorry you got in on this discussion late as all of my comments were made before you replied to this one out of order... Had you read all my previous posts you would have understood, hopefully... You replied way too soon to understand... My cat was already grown and owned by someone else when I got her... She was never trained before I got her and she wouldn't stop clawing things after I got her and she already ruined one sofa before I made the decision to have her declawed... I am also disabled and out of work and cannot afford new furniture... I have enough trouble with medical bills to have to allow a cat or any other pet to ruin furniture... So it was my choice to find a good competent vet that would declaw my cat and do only her front paws... She never had any trouble with it afterwards like all the other folks are talking about.. Some folks make it sound as if your cat will never heal... It was my decision to keep her indoors 100% because I used to have outdoor kitties that got killed by cars, so that's why I am so strongly advocating cats indoors... My cat is presious to me and I will not let her get into any harm... I provide all she ever needs and wants... She is my life now that I am disabled and stay at home... If you feel like it, you are more than welcome to read my other posts to see what all I said, but the problem with this website is that you can't tell what was written when and in what order... But my cat is healthy, happy, clean, loved, and well taken care of... I have had many cats in my life and most of them were outdoor cats when I lived in a smaller city... But now living in a bigger city and there is more danger outside, I declawed my cat 10 years ago and I keep her indoors protected... She has 1800 square feet of room to run around in with toys, blankets, food, and cat beds... She lives like a queen...
@vmoore709 (1102)
• United States
26 Nov 06
Cat - Cat
My cat is declawed, but only the front claws. He still has the back ones in case he ever gets out. Those are the ones they defend themselves with.
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@TRAK77 (202)
• United States
26 Nov 06
yes if they are strictly an indoor cat.
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@wildguy2 (1349)
• Canada
19 Nov 06
I have 2 cats one declawed the other is going to be shortly, theyare safe as they are housecats and never leave home...and if anyone or anything ever tried to harm them the cat would be the least of their worries...
@bhchy1 (6050)
• United States
29 Aug 06
My sofa was more defensless so yes...the claws have got to go!
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• United States
12 May 07
My sofa was expensive and I can't afford to replace mine with me out of work... Now when you win that lotto, hand it over to me SAC and we will all be better off...
• United States
12 May 07
This all happened years ago, quit dredging up old news... Think of something new instead of showing how selfish you are in your own thoughts...
@Desdemona (1305)
• Canada
25 Nov 06
My Cat - My cat "Revenge"
ohh I am against declawing a cat. Last I heard, they shove cement into their toes to stop growth. Ensure you know how to take care a cat before you decide to get one. Cats need something to scratch in order to relieve stress. If you do not provide them a scratching area, than they will tear-up your couch, carpet, rugs - you name it!
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• United States
12 May 07
You know what, thats stupid info you have... My cat is healthy, happy, loving and beautiful years after her declawing... I take care of her like she is my child and I love her more than anything... I would not do harm to her and all I do is protect her... So you folks that think you know it all can kiss my entire asssssss...
• United States
12 May 07
Hey numbskull, if you read my other posts you will find I declawed my cat years ago... I wish I could declaw your fingers... You have no idea what you are talking about... My cat is healthy, happy and secure in the knowledge I will care for her till I die, which I would not do for you... So shut the F up and keep your thoughts to your own damn self... Gee you must be lucky to have a cat that talks to you.... Why aren't you making money on that deal??? Dumb selfish, self centered moron...
• United States
13 May 07
Good you are finally laughing... So am I...in your general direction... My cat is just fine, thanks for not asking...
• United States
26 Nov 06
Once you make the decision to declaw a cat, you are SUPPOSED to KEEP IT INDOORS... I thought it was common knowledge to declaw a cat so it wont tear up your furniture and keep it indoors... I declawed my cat many years ago because she ruined one sofa and we had to buy a new one... Once we bought the new sofa, we took my cat to the vet and had her front paws only declawed... Also only do the front paws so that if she has an itch she can still scratch her body with her back feet... It is very important that if you declaw a cat to only do the front paws that can do damage to furniture... She was sore a few days after and had a hard time walking but I kept up on her medicine and treatments for her paws... She is happy and healthy to this day and she is now 14 years old... I take care of her and love her with all my heart and she has a great life... Just remember, you never declaw an outdoor cat... That is stupid...
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@jhannon (1409)
• United States
28 Aug 06
I think its cruel my cats both have claws .Iheard its compare to losing the beginin of your digits..
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@avonrep1 (1862)
• United States
26 Nov 06
I think it is inhuman. Just like snipping a dog tail. They need it for some reason even if we don't understand them.
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@KHyuga (1698)
• Singapore
29 Aug 06
Personally, I would think no. It is just like stripping a human being of his clothes. Think about the loss in sense of security for the cat.
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@pisshole (493)
• New Zealand
29 Aug 06
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Leave the poor animal alone. That is as bad as feeding a dog a vegetarian diet. Maybe worse.
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@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
29 Aug 06
We have 2 cats, neither is declawed. One sometime scrathes at the furniture, but the majority oif the time they will scrtach the scratching post or pull at the carpet (doesn't harm the carpet). Even though they are indoor cats, I cannot imagine being so cruel to them. They are spayed & neutured (we have a male & female) and that was bad enough for them to heal from.
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• United States
28 Aug 06
Probably not. Claws are part of being a cat, an animal. If someone can't handle that, perhaps they shouldn't have one.
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• United States
28 Aug 06
I have two declawed cats and one that has her claws. I did not declaw my cats, I adopted them that way. The one with claws will not claw the furniture if she has a scratching post. However the declawed cats paw at the furniture because where there claws were, itches. When I was little we had our car declawed and it was awful to watch her heal. It was very painful for her to walk....just a side note.
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@allie4712 (132)
• United States
28 Aug 06
If it is an inside cat it should be declawed other wise it will tear up everything in the house but it is an outside cat then that's the worst thing you can do it.
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@rusty2rusty (6758)
• Defiance, Ohio
12 May 07
I don't have a problem with cats being de-clawed. I personally have never done it. Nor tend to have it done to any of my cats. I have one cat now. He has all his claws. I have a couple marks to prove it. To me a cat just isn't a cat without its claws. It would be like seeing a human with no finger or toe nails.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
1 Jan 07
Indoor or outdoor. I do not believe a Cat should ever be declawed, even if you plan it to be an indoor cat all the time. Truth is the cat can be stolen from your house, the cat can escape outdoors, Natural Disasters can strike. No one plans to have a tornado hit their home... It is always good to keep their claws for defense, it is easy to train them to use a scratch post. - DNatureofDTrain