" ... site is anti-declawing..."
Originally Posted by Yosemite
This site is anti-declawing as we feel it is a barbaric and inhumane procedure. When all of the pro-declaw folks out there agree to have all their fingers chopped off at the first knuckle perhaps we'll rethink our stance.
There are too many declawed cats in shelters who have had behaviour issues after declawing to believe the cats are happy after declaw as the pro side would try to have us believe.
I for one do not believe in deliberate mutilation so would never consider declawing. For others, they can overlook the mutilation and justify the declaw for the sake of furniture or other silly reasons.
Yes it is, and I'm glad it is, it helps people become educated about the de-clawing process. What is more
inhumane is all the cats that are being destroyed, or kept in cages because no one can adopt them.
This site helps people to think through the pros and cons, helps them understand how problematic this procedure actually might be so that they won't decide recklessly. I post the "other" view, so people also have an opportunity to consider the experiences of others with de-clawed cats.Chopped Off Fingers
- pretty gory picture, for sure - this picture is effective to help us humans relate, - yet, - comparing fingers being cut off to de-clawing a cat shouldn't be confused with actuality.
It's unbelievable what people have described as their experience with the cat when bringing him/her home from surgery - YIKES - my experience was NO WAY like what has been shared in other posts. Maybe that's why I'm having "trouble" relating because the care my cats received was awesome, and their recovery was without any negative incident.
I had done research, prepared the "nursery" for their recovery, chose the best surgeon, and hospital, etc. to have as good as an outcome as possible
I guess that's why I think that this surgery process depends on so many different factors for a "positive" outcome. ?
If I couldn't have done all that I did to prepare for the surgery, I wouldn't have done it either.
De-clawed cats in Shelters
- (btw, there are cats with claws in shelters, as well as de-clawed.) De-clawing, shouldn't be automatically linked to the cause of behavioral problems, there's too many other factors that contribute to behavioral problems - it's too "easy" to just blame problems on "de-clawing" of the cat.Scratched furniture: "... overlook the mutilation and justify the declaw for the sake of furniture or other silly reasons..."
That comment seems to assume that the reason for declawing is only
to "save the furniture" - how about scratched up humans?
(There are many other reasons for de-clawing, - the furniture consideration is just one of the reasons - like many have said, there are solutions, other than de-clawing to save the furniture.)
Many humans, adults and children, probably carry scars from handling their cats.Trimming Nails:
Eyesight fails, and being able to trim claws is almost impossible when you can't see the nail to clip it, or attach covers.
Accidentally cutting part of the cat's toe off with nail clippers to trim the nails is something I wouldn't want to have happen, now, THAT'S cruel!Defense:
I had to watch while dogs killed a cat - even as I was trying to save it - its claws didn't help. I live with that "defeat" today, just as if happened a few hours ago. So, having claws won't guarantee protection.Additionally:
I know I'm in the minority - just "reporting" my experience , trying to "balance the scale" of the thought process, just a little.
All three of my cats are very loving - to each other as well as to us - we have a house of "harmony", for which I am grateful.
Because they are de-clawed, I'm not wounding them by trying to clip their nails, or getting wounded when I'm caring for or playing with them.As I posted previously
, "So, the decision to declaw is sobering - but each person must evaluate this decision for him/herself - a decision, hopefully, with no regrets."
The decision is very sobering and should not be made lightly.
Thank you, Yosemite, for your post - you love these precious furbabies, and it shows in your passionate posts - I understand "where you are coming from", and only ask for your tolerance in expressing my view,
because I love my furbabies too, and truly care for them as tenderly as I am able.