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post #31 of 42
Declawing is an outrage and should be illegal worldwide. I never even knew it went on until I visited this site and can't believe anyone would put their poor cat through something like that. I have 3 cats myself and they do have a scratchpost, but sometimes they will try to have a scratch on my furniture and have caused minor damage, but I would never consider taking their claws from them. I knew cats had claws before I brought them into my home and wouldn't have got them if I had a problem with it. What do you do if a dog chews your furniture, take all its teeth out. I'm sorry if it sounds harsh but the claw thing is just not done here and I thinks its disgusting that its done anywhere. Please don't do it to your cat, she certainly won't thank you for it.
post #32 of 42
You know, if you put the money you would spend on the declawing op into a savings account, you could probably afford to replace the damaged carpet when you move out of your current apartment. Just a thought.
post #33 of 42
Is it berber carpet? That stuff snags no matter what. We have that in our apartment, and it snags pretty easily. Our cats run around all the time, and I know they didn't do it. With regular carpet they do just fine. My cats still have their back claws and I rarely clip them, yet they don't damage the carpet and furniture.

My cats are front declawed, but we still had to train them to use scratching posts. They were messing with my hubby's speakers a few years ago. My cats were front declawed by previous owners and don't seem to have issues. But we all know cats are good at hiding things.

There are things you need to know when you have a declawed cat. You must always use a clumping litter. Regular clay litter can hurt their paw pads (which can lead to litter box avoidance). You see, a normal cat walks on their toes. When they are declawed, their toes are removed and now they walk on their pads. So walking on coarse litter is like walking barefoot on a gravel road. And if you've ever done that, you know how painful that is.

Declawed cats have a tendency to bite first ask questions later. We've had a couple incidents with people being too rough with my cats and them biting. (we don't wrestle and get rough with them)

Please try the soft paws if the claws are snagging.

Is your Land Lord requiring the declaw? If it's not in the lease or on some document you signed, they can't make you. My sister had a LL try to pull that on her when she got her first cat. It wasn't in the agreement, so she didn't have to declaw her cat.
post #34 of 42
I totally sympathize with you when it comes to clipping nails! Kit is a terror when it comes to that. At least, he used to be. There needed to be 2-3 people at the vet's office to keep him under control!

I figured out the easiest thing in the world, though. Wait til he's asleep!

Kit is just a kitten, like Squishy. When I want to clip his claws, I wait til he's in a nice, groovy, deep sleep, and then I sneak up on him with the clippers and do however many I can get done before he wakes up and gets mad at me Then I wait til he passes out again, and I do the rest, or however many I can get to. It takes a little patience and flexibility, but it sure beats fighting him to do it, and it beats declawing by a mile!

Nobody thinks you're a bad person. We all have trouble with our kits' claws sometimes, and it can be frustrating. But be creative, be flexible, and be patient, and I bet you can solve the problem without hurting poor Squishy's toes.
post #35 of 42
You've been on.....but haven't commented in this thread.

I do hope you understand what you are doing.

That I don't care how good your vet is.....what happened to Bea, the re-growth of the claws, can happen with a declaw done by any vet. Read up on all her behavioral issues....is it worth the risk? No.
post #36 of 42
i hadn't posted yet, altho i've been reading...
anyway, i currently have 2 declawed cats & 3 clawed cats. actually, my declawed male has done more 'damage' than any of the clawed girls. he was declawed by a former owner, & does have some litterbox issues... he has a tendency to poop on my bed occasionally. my entire home is vinyl flooring - a good thing, since he's also peed outside the box a few times. he's also a biter.

my declawed female has no litterbox or biting issues, but she does walk kinda funny... i never noticed it until i had clawed cats to see the difference. i declawed her [& her littermate, Mouse] at the time of their spay [10 years ago] before i realized that they really wouldn't do any major damage [i was a renter at the time].

one of my colleagues at work said her parents declawed their cat, & her personality changed drastically. she became a very timid, fearful cat.
Squishy is so cute & lovely, & i know you enjoy her personality as it is. i know it's hard to clip, sometimes [did Firefox's this week for the 1st time w/o having to wrap her in a towel! & i've had her for 9 months!] but if you're determined, you can do it.
post #37 of 42
Yes, Hammeyandwaf have been on and no, they will not come back to that thread.

I also think that enough info has been added already that maybe you could let up off of her! This isn't an easy decision that she has to make!!

I do believe that there are plenty of horror stories on here to make her feel terrible, so just ease up on that, give a girl a break.

Im pretty sure her landlord requires the declaw.... so the question is??? Would there be enough room in the cardboard box for all of them???


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post #38 of 42
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
I'm pretty sure her landlord requires the declaw....
odd... mine didn't require that, they just required i pay for any damage. not only damage the cat[s] did, but damage, period. i don't think they would really care, they just want someone to take responsibility for repairs.
post #39 of 42
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Im pretty sure her landlord requires the declaw.... so the question is??? Would there be enough room in the cardboard box for all of them???
I didn't see that the OP ever mentioned the landlord requiring her to de-claw. I have never heard of a landlord or management company requiring pets to be de-clawed.

Aside from the usual "pets allowed" and "no pets allowed" I've heard of the following restrictions:

- "pet deposit" (On average, it is a few hundred dollars on top of the original deposit.) In some cases it is refundable, and in others it is not.
- "pet rent" Pet rent might be something like $15-20 per month extra.
-Current vaccinations (this makes sense)
-Weight limits (mostly applies to big dogs in small apartments)

Would this be a requirement from an individual landlord? I would imagine that a management company would be more interested in financial responsibility for damages of any sort.

***Edit: I did a quick google search and found examples of properties that required spay/neuter, and recommended the de-claw, but did not require it. Has anyone actually had anything about de-claw included in their lease? Perhaps this question might be better suited to the other thread, "Do you believe in declawing?"
post #40 of 42
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Originally Posted by hammyandwaf View Post
I am sorry you all think i am such a bad person. But squishy does use her scratching post. But the problem lie in the fact that she loves to run around the house. She loves to run full speed. What problem that causes is a trail of carpet snags everywhere she runs. I have clipped her nails and fought her getting bit and scratched to do it. So what would you like me to do start locking her in a cage so she cant run. Start hitting her because she wants to run. She never goes outside, she loves to play. I play with her all the time but she still likes to run her marathons and without locking her in a cage or smacking her (which i REFUSE to do either one) there is no way to stop her from running. And frankly i dont want to stop her. So now what do i do? Let her destroy an apartment that i do not own, that i will have to pay extra for when i move out. She will not let you clip the nails without a fight so therefore there is no way she will let you put on soft claws i have already considered it a ton. So you all can tell me how to fix it. You all want to be harsh and tell me i dont love her or am going to mutilate her how do i fix it so she can still be happy and run as fast as she can thru the house.
Going_Nova, you are correct. There is nothing here about the landlord requiring it. I guess I assumed. This is nothing that some persistance and dedication won't fix. A few more months of crazy kitty, learning to clip nails and that would all be taken care of. No reason to declaw.

Maybe its an SO thing?
post #41 of 42
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
Yes, Hammeyandwaf have been on and no, they will not come back to that thread.

I also think that enough info has been added already that maybe you could let up off of her! This isn't an easy decision that she has to make!!

I do believe that there are plenty of horror stories on here to make her feel terrible, so just ease up on that, give a girl a break.

Im pretty sure her landlord requires the declaw.... so the question is??? Would there be enough room in the cardboard box for all of them???
I don't think anyone has been trying to make her feel terrible at all. IMO, in her original post, she stated she was declawing. Knowing this in an antideclaw board, I imagine she'd have to expect people to respond to her. Everyone was just trying to give her so many alternatives out there (like soft paws, getting help trimming nails, and using carpet runners) and keep a conversation going with her. The reason for the stories was just to help her understand how many times that these surgeries turn out negatively, not to make her feel bad. I think for the most part, everyone has been kind and just looking out for Squishy's best interests, which is not having his toes amputated.

There was never a mention of the landlord requiring it. We all just want the best for Squishy.

Good luck to the OP on her cat's surgeries, I know she loves the little girl, so I hope all goes well for her.
post #42 of 42
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Originally Posted by glitch View Post
Yes, Hammeyandwaf have been on and no, they will not come back to that thread.

I also think that enough info has been added already that maybe you could let up off of her! This isn't an easy decision that she has to make!!

I do believe that there are plenty of horror stories on here to make her feel terrible, so just ease up on that, give a girl a break.

Im pretty sure her landlord requires the declaw.... so the question is??? Would there be enough room in the cardboard box for all of them???


I have IM for myspace too! Ill send it yo ya! I miss you!!!
so she's just going to ignore all the great advice on how to deal with Squishy's claws? Most of us on TCS have at least one fully clawed cat, and have learned how to DEAL with it and most of us have also seen the horrible side effects that declawing can have. If she goes thru with this declawing without exploring every possible alternate and reading every single declawing thread on this site than I'm sorry, but that is wrong and irresponsible. Cats were created with claws, if you cannot deal with them, do not get a cat. TCS does not condone declawing in any way, shape or form unless medically necessary.

Also, no one on here has been "on" her, we are trying to save Squishy's toes by giving her constructive advice and informing her of what could possibly happen as a result of a declaw. For Squishy's sake, I truly hope that she makes it thru the amputation ok, because if she develops litterbox avoidance, biting or any number of other issues, is the OP going to be willing to work with her thru that, since she is not willing to work with her thru "snagging the carpet"? I won't hold my breath.

Since it has been stated that the OP is not willing to come back to this thread and read the posts, I am going to lock it so that we do not keep repeating the same thing.
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