I'm not much for altering nature myself, don't like ear or tail docking although both my Jacks' tails are docked but the breeders did that. My vet refuses to dock ears on Dobermans or any of the other breeds; she makes you take them somewhere else, she has a Dob herself and ears are natural (she's really cute). I never realized how awful this procedure was, glad I never did it to any of my cats, never really thought about doing it. I think, with a little training, you can keep them from tearing things up. I'm with you, Mary Anne, I hate it when they put declawed cats outside!!
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Ms Molly was eight when we adopted her and she was declawed. She is constantly licking her little paws. Thank God Poly keeps her claws retracted since she has so many of them.
Someone on another team was mentioning the thought of getting their new kitty declawed. I posted a link about declawing and shocked most of the folks on the team. Everyone seemed to think they just pulled the claws out and they didn't grow back.
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I posted, the below, in my "Cat Lovers Team" on 7/10/11 5:07 P, in the "Forum": General Team Discussion, under the "Topic": Are your cats declawed?
No, my cats are *not* de-clawed; they don't scratch anything, except for their stuff. There has never been an incident. (They have over 5 towers.)
My husband adopted 2 and I adopted 2; ironically, from the same place (before we even knew each other existed) & almost "to the day" of each other.
Anyway, I digress; the no kill shelter, that we adopted them from, does *not* allow de-clawing and their microchips are reported as it's *not* allowed. We were told that if we tried to do it ... they would be taken away. (I'd die.)
It was explained to us that it's like cutting off their fingers top knuckle. Like if you were to look at your fingers top knuckle, it'd have to be cut off there, for your fingernails to not grow back.
I have never thought about de-clawing them. Even *before* the shelter told me I couldn't.
I can't imagine them not being able to climb stuff and us missing out on watching them being the magnificent, climbing, carnivores they are.
(Edited to add: they are indoor cats. They don't try to get out.)
I cannot think of any medical procedure more horrific than declawing. I had to have a toenail removed and that was only one. The healing really did hurt so I can just imagine what a cat goes through. I have 2 house cats that I trim their nails once a month. Just take the tips off with a regular toenail clipper. That works fine. Good for you that you wouldn't do it(declawing) again.
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I've only had one cat who was declawed, and she was that way when I got her and only her front paws were done. She still used them just as though she still had claws. I thought this a very strongly worded article calling it torture; makes you think twice!
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