M M asked in PetsCats · 9 years ago

Declawing cats?????????

Okay, before everyone gets angry and saying lots of mean stuff, let me explain. First of all please don't leave hate on this, I'm not looking for that, I want personal experiences ONLY, please. I have done a lot of research. First off, my cat is already declawed, it was not my choice. Although he was declawed while living in my home. Me being a high schooler didn't have much say in my parents choice to declaw him (on the front paws were declawed). And no, it wasn't about 'saving our furniture'.

Okay so now that that's out of the way, please tell me what is so wrong with declawing (I'm just for the front paws being declawed). Please tell me your personal experience with it, not what you have heard. I'll go ahead and tell you mine, I got my kitty, Salem, when he was about three or four months old at a vet's office, (someone had brought a litter of kittens in). He is the best cat I have ever met. At first I was 100% percent against declawing, I thought it was awful. But now I think its okay for some people. The thing with Salem wasn't that he tore our furniture up, it was that he had the tendency to get really really playful sometimes and sneak attack you. :3 He would hide and as you walk he would run up and jump up and pat your legs, like a game of tag. He often left scratches by accident, so all of us had scratches on our legs and arms. :P

Also we have three ferrets and our kitty just loves them. His playing was a bit to rough for the ferrets and accidently hurt them (thats not a problem now as they all play fight and attack each other, its so cute how much they like each other. :3)

So really, his innocent playing often left his playmates scratched up (it was never out of defence we got scratched, for he has never laid his ears back or hissed at any of us, or the ferrets). Since being declawed his personality hasn't changed at all. He was sore the first day (bandages were on) but he was being constantly loved on. We brought him home the same day as surgery (I don't think that happens much but our vet is a family friend) I stayed with him all night, made sure he didn't walk or jump, fed him and watered him. I stayed in the same small room all the next day too, cuddling with him and taking care of him. Days later the bandages came off and he was fine, we were all still a bit weary so we didn't allow any jumping. He never had a problem with the litter box (we switched to paper pellet litter for over a week), never had much pain (we ALWAYS know when he's in pain, he rarely meows, but when he hurt himself or something, he always lets us know and makes sure we take care of him). He still cuddles all the time, kneads in my hair and on my arms, purrs, and everything. He has NEVER bit anyone or hissed or laid his ears back. He is always happy to meet to people. He never goes out side (never has shown an interest in going outside), still climbs, (still manages to shred our curtains lol. it's behind the couch so none of us care. :3), his balance is great (he walks on our dining room chair which are about an inch thick) He still plays the same as he used to, and even scratches on his post without claws? (we clip his back claws as well) It's like it never happend! I love him dearly, and he follows me everywhere. :3

Thank you so much to the people who read ALL of this, insanely long thing. Don't hate on me please, wasn't my choice, but I sure don't regret it. If anything bad happend to your poor kitties, please tell me, but please don't just say stuff being mean. I just want to hear the honest reasons why you don't like it.

I don't think it's like cutting the ends of our fingers off, and if it was, I'd rather be in a loving home without the last digit in my fingers than in a shelter. Thank you so much ahead of time to the people who leave good answers, helping me with this question. I love my kitty just like everyone else, he sleeps in the bed with me and cuddles with me all the time. :3 Thanks again for reading.


Again, my cat never goes outside, ever. He looks out side through the windows or glass door and watches traffic go by, but he has never once tried to get outside. And also their aren't any other animals (besides our ferrets, and honestly I think my kitty thinks he's a ferret. :P) so there has never been a reason to be territorial. Also my cat was given a lot pain medicine, so I don't see how it can be any worse than bobbing tails and such. Thank you though for being respecting, answers so far. :3

Update 2:

Now I'm starting to see where the complications could come from, being threatened, maybe with other animals, which I see could happen.

Pain which I assume would root from the surgery going wrong, maybe they clipped in the wrong place?

Being outside could cause a threat, which of course if you decided to get your cat declawed, why would you let them outside?

I also already know that they clip the bone as well not just the nail.

So I'm thinking that if the surgery went well, that the behavior problems could be environmental (I'm not saying that some people do a bad job of taking care of their kitties!!!!! I mean that maybe their are other animals or overbearing people making them nervous.)

So maybe it just takes special circumstances for the kitty to not change...

Like my kitty still has his back claws. He climbs and is an excellent jumper. There aren't any other intimidating animals in the house. He isn't in pain, and has never gone to the potty anywhere but his litter box. He never g

Update 3:

I'm sorry to the people who didn't "waste their time reading my post" but instead immidiately answered with negative comments. If it was read they would have seen that it was not my choice to get him declawed. I think its sad that we can't have a clean post with productive answers. I'm sorry, but I mean no disrespect. I am of course a cat lover, why else would I have wanted a cat?

I think it's better for a cat to have a loving home, than be in a shelter.

Like I said, well I'll rewrite this, I would rather be in a loving home, and lets take it the extreme, with no hands at all as a person, than be in a dirty lonely shelter for the rest of my life, maybe even being killed, and waiting for the day someone will come along, pick me up and love me.

I'd pick the home. And that's an honest answer.

Update 4:

Since one of my previous extensions cut off?

I'm wondering what people think of the idea that the behavioral changes could be more environmental than anything?

If I didn't have a front claws (and if I were a cat :3) and a big dog came running after me, yeah, I'd be scared! And that would make me nervous.

So if the surgery went well (finding a great vet who was very experienced), I don't see how the cat could be changed, unless it was purely the environment making the kitty nervous??

So if you have a low stress home, like no other big animals and if the people were a quiet family that wouldn't make the kitty nervous with so much unwanted attention, and the cat never went outside, how could the kitty's demeanor change? Please give me your opinions!

15 Answers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    I have never declawed any of my cats, but I don't criticize those who do (as long as they never let the cat outside). I feel it is better to declaw a cat and keep it as a much-loved pet, than send it to a shelter where it will be frightened and miserable, and likely end up being put down.

    The only 2 declawed cats I've known both had wonderful personalities and no indication of any soreness or complications or lasting effects from their surgery.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I am against declawing, but I do think it is a better option than rehoming a cat. The reason why it is so bad is that the don't just cut the claw like people think, they actually have to do an amputation to keep it from growing back. Kittens scratch all the time, but they later learn to play without using their claws.

    In my experience, declawed cats are much more insecure. Instead of warning you with a little swipe of the paw, they go for the full out bite and their teeth are sharp! It can lead to other behavior problems too, since scratching is a natural thing for cats to do.

    There was a post saying that vets don't do the back claws, well there are some vets that will not do it at all, meaning that there's definitely something wrong with it! I've never been bitten by my cats and none of them are declawed. I don't have to worry about being bitten through my fingernail. The worst they will do is give me a little scratch, not a puncture wound.

  • 9 years ago

    Okay, I'm answering from experience. I've had cats my whole life and none were declawed. I adopted an older cat a few years ago who had been declawed and then dumped by her previous owners. SOME, not all, cats who have been declawed develop certain behaviors. You got lucky and apparently got one who wasn't affected by it. I wasn't so lucky.

    I knew nothing at all about declawed cats before I adopted this one. Since I got her and started having problems, I did a ton of research on declawing and found out just how bad it was. One potential side effect is biting because, without their claws, the cat feels defenseless. My cat bit and she bit hard enough to draw blood. Another possible complication is they continue to have ongoing pain in their paws and then start to have a problem using the litter box. That's probably the most common side effect I've heard of. Well, it happened to my cat and she started going next to the box. I changed litters to one for declawed cats but that didn't help. I had to start monitoring her constantly and actually go up with her to use the box and re-teach her how to use it. Somehow that worked and she is now using it but I still follow her to the litter box each and every time I see her going to use it.... How much fun do you think that is?!? A lot of cats will look for something softer and more comforting to use since they hurt so much. What is more comforting than you and your scent? Which means that a lot of cats will all of a sudden start eliminating on the sofa, the bed or your clothes.... Anything they can find that smells like you and is softer than the litter box.

    Like I said, you got lucky and got one who didn't have problems. But there are so many cats who do end up with problems that are easily avoided by just teaching the cats the proper use of their claws.

  • 9 years ago

    Cats are digitigrade- which means they walk on their toes. When you declaw you amputate the first joint of their toe. Not only does it cause pain to that area probably for the rest of their lives, but they will not walk as they are built to walk, thus causing problems for other joints.

    Declawing can cause behavior problems.

    Declawing is banned in most of the civilized world.

    You can use a product called Soft Paws, which are nail caps for cats that have been on the market for almost 20 years. They will protect you, other animals, and your furniture from scratching.

    I am writing this from a veterinarian's office.

    Source(s): my job
    • HypnoToad4 years agoReport

      Soft Paws say to trim claws before using. Along with repeating buying plastic things, toenails will regrow thicker each time. Most have tried everything & more, especially if the cat scratches itself bloody AS a behavioral problem.

      People against declawing should adopt every cat instead of judging.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I think declawing in my opinion is not good. BUT if your cat is indoor ONLY!!! It should be fine. The biggest thing for me is that if there outside and there being chase by something they really can't climb up trees or what ever to defend themselves since they don't have claws. So I would say don't do it. But if u do it, make sure thery are inside forever!!! Cause they will not be able to defend themselves in the outdoor world

    Source(s): 6 cats
    • HypnoToad4 years agoReport

      Apart from owners that choose to abandon their declawed cats outdoors, of course. Those are the truly irresponsible owners. They should find a shelter instead.

  • 9 years ago

    I don't see why people get so upset about it. There is nothing wrong with it. They don't feel anything and they can't get their back paws de-clawed. No good vet would de-claw the back claws. They wouldn't leave a cat completely defenseless. Also they still have their teeth, which are just as sharp and strong. My cat has bitten through my nail and broken pencils with her teeth. She is de-clawed and is the sweetest cat ever. It shouldn't change them. She doesn't seem to mind them being gone and can still harshly attack if she needs to. She stands her ground against our dogs. It also makes them easier to play and cuddle with.

    Source(s): My aunt has been a vet for more than 15 yrs.
    • HypnoToad4 years agoReport

      They do feel pain during recovery and some vets allow pain meds as an option - those vets should be avoided, the cat deserves better. But cats DO feel the difference.

      And there are vets that will say where/why back claw removal is medically necessary; most of them agree it's not needed.

  • 9 years ago

    My friend had a cat that got "declawed" and a dog ran after the cat. He tried to get away but he couldn't climb to safety because.... "He had no claws".

    The dog chewed him up.

    So for safety issues I personally wouldn't.

    Source(s): cat lover
  • CTU
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    Didn't waste my time reading your post as there is absolutely no excuse for this!

    De clawing is cruel and horrific. It is banned in many CIVILIZED countries and hope it will get to the US and Canada soon so the cats can stop suffering. My cats are also indoor cats only and I do not chop off their paws. As for pain, you do not know if your cat is in pain as cats hide it very well!

    If you cannot accept cats with claws, don't get one....

    EDIT:It wasn't your choice but if you are for it, might as well just've been your choice!

    Source(s): de clawing=animal cruelty
    • HypnoToad4 years agoReport

      Oh, cats put to death or abandoned because the owner couldn't use your techniques to change their behavior is cruel. Your not personally adopting every problem cat is just as cruel since you're dictating others and the situations they are in that you have no right to judge on.

  • 9 years ago

    Declawing your cat is like, chopping off our fingers.

    Cats a territorial, meaning they will fight for their ground, with no claws they have no mean of defence, also what happens when she is in danger or scared ? she can't just climb up the nearest fence or tree, as she now has no means of grip.

    Also i would just like to add, de-clawing a domestic animal is classed as animal abuse!

    I'm not going to have ago at you, as i know it wasn't your fault, but you asked for reasons and opinions and there they are :) xx

    Sorry Hunnie i didn't realise you said your cat never goes outdoors, and aww bless :) you cat sounds sooo cute :) x

    • HypnoToad4 years agoReport

      It's like removing fingernails, not chopping off fingers. Neither is a great solution, obviously, but I'll let individual owners with their individual circumstances decide. That is the civilized thing to do.

      What are humans doing to cats that they need to attack them back?

  • 9 years ago

    Well my experience is that my oldest cat Misty was de clawed as a kitten not my idea but my parents but anyways she turned out just fine. When Misty was outdoors, she could defend herself just fine and she is in no means disabled in any way.

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