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The people in this house are so ridiculous!

post #1 of 22
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So we're in my room and my mom and stepdad are in here and they got the kittens out for a while and my stepdad starts saying about how "we need to set a date to get Callie spayed and her and Clover both declawed".. um, they never do anything bad in the house with their claws!

We haven't used soft paws for a while because Clover had them on and got her claw stuck in the strings in the blinds one time, but luckily I was home to help her get out of it. Besides, Clover is spayed and spends more time outdoors than inside. Plus, she's my cat, and she's coming with me when I'm not living here anymore.

Can anyone find and post links here about why declawing is so bad so I can show them to mom and maybe she won't let them get declawed? She didn't even say anything when it was brought up, and that makes me so mad! I've talked to her about it before, so she knows I don't want them declawed.

Help!
post #2 of 22
http://www.declawing.com/
http://declaw.lisaviolet.com/
http://maxshouse.com/Truth%20About%20Declawing.htm
post #3 of 22
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Thank you!
post #4 of 22
that is totally wrong and should be illigal in all places..poor cats
post #5 of 22
IMHO anyone that declaws their cats should be declawed, too. I wonder how they would like having their fingers chopped off at the knuckle.
I hope you can keep them from maiming your cats. Many and prayers that you can convince them.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by krazy kat2 View Post
IMHO anyone that declaws their cats should be declawed, too. I wonder how they would like having their fingers chopped off at the knuckle.
I hope you can keep them from maiming your cats. Many and prayers that you can convince them.
I had my mom read the information on declawing.com.. now hopefully when it's brought up again, she'll say no. I told her we should go get a scratching post, and she was looking at some online.
post #7 of 22
whilst i realise that with ignorance some people are unaware of the stress, pain and ongoing issues both mental and physical that declawing brings, i would challenge any right minded person to look at pictures of a declawing procedure and the aftermath and still think it is ok.

good luck with educating your family, sounds like your mum is getting the right idea!
post #8 of 22
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whilst i realise that with ignorance some people are unaware of the stress, pain and ongoing issues both mental and physical that declawing brings, i would challenge any right minded person to look at pictures of a declawing procedure and the aftermath and still think it is ok.

good luck with educating your family, sounds like your mum is getting the right idea!
I looked at pictures of a kitty being declawed.. My fingers hurt so bad just thinking about it. I offered to show my mom pictures after she read the article, and she said she didn't want to see it, so maybe she's getting my point.
post #9 of 22
Instead of a small scratching post, you should build or buy a treehouse. The cat will use it more then the post. It needs to be a minimum of 4 feet high. And learn to trim nails and keep them short. I'm not sure if you've tried the Soft Paws nails caps.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Instead of a small scratching post, you should build or buy a treehouse. The cat will use it more then the post. It needs to be a minimum of 4 feet high. And learn to trim nails and keep them short. I'm not sure if you've tried the Soft Paws nails caps.
I'll have to mention that.. anything that they'll use for scratching that isn't our furniture is good enough for me. Also, I did mention trying Soft Paws, but we haven't for a while.

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Originally Posted by h~chan View Post
We haven't used soft paws for a while because Clover had them on and got her claw stuck in the strings in the blinds one time, but luckily I was home to help her get out of it.
post #11 of 22
Have them read the story about Bea and all her problems caused by declawing (and having to do a 2nd surgery - another declaw cause the first one got messed up)! If anything will stop a declaw from happening that story should.

WhiteCatLover is the current owner of poor little Bea. Do a PM to her and ask for the link
post #12 of 22
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Have them read the story about Bea and all her problems caused by declawing (and having to do a 2nd surgery - another declaw cause the first one got messed up)! If anything will stop a declaw from happening that story should.

WhiteCatLover is the current owner of poor little Bea. Do a PM to her and ask for the link
I haven't read about that, so I may have to see about sending a PM. Thanks.
post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
Instead of a small scratching post, you should build or buy a treehouse. The cat will use it more then the post. It needs to be a minimum of 4 feet high. And learn to trim nails and keep them short. I'm not sure if you've tried the Soft Paws nails caps.
Golden is right, trim their nails once a week and they won't hArm anything, even when they do scratch.
post #14 of 22
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Golden is right, trim their nails once a week and they won't hArm anything, even when they do scratch.
We've actually never tried trimming their nails.. so I'm a little embarrassed to ask.. is there a special kind of nail trimmer I should get to trim their nails with?
post #15 of 22
I use trimmers like this which I got from PetsMart. Some people use regular nail trimmers for people. Some sites that show how to:

http://files.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/..._cat_claws.pdf
http://cats.about.com/cs/declawing/ht/trimclaws.htm
http://www.catscratching.com/htmls/article.htm

I started out very conservative, just trimming the very tip more frequently like once a week. As I grew more confident, I now take more off in a session.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by katachtig View Post
I use trimmers like this which I got from PetsMart. Some people use regular nail trimmers for people. Some sites that show how to:

http://files.hsus.org/web-files/PDF/..._cat_claws.pdf
http://cats.about.com/cs/declawing/ht/trimclaws.htm
http://www.catscratching.com/htmls/article.htm

I started out very conservative, just trimming the very tip more frequently like once a week. As I grew more confident, I now take more off in a session.
Ohhh, thanks! I think I'd rather try using those than regular nail clippers that I use myself. I'll definitely look for some when I'm at Petsmart next. The how-to links will be put to good use, too.
post #17 of 22
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I use trimmers like this which I got from PetsMart.
that's what i use, too. i used people clippers on Cable when she was really little, because the other 2 cats were declawed & i'd never needed clippers before. then, when i got some, i got the guillotine type - but i find them hard to use, especially on a squirmy cat [i.e. one that isn't being cooperative], so i got the scissor type. they're much easier to use, IMO.
post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
that's what i use, too. i used people clippers on Cable when she was really little, because the other 2 cats were declawed & i'd never needed clippers before. then, when i got some, i got the guillotine type - but i find them hard to use, especially on a squirmy cat [i.e. one that isn't being cooperative], so i got the scissor type. they're much easier to use, IMO.
I tried the guillotine type and felt like I was always too close to the quick. The scissor types are easier to maneuver.
post #19 of 22
I've used the scissor ones. On very young kittens I use a normal fingernail clipper till they are older. If you've never done it before, either get your vet tech to show you or a friend who has experience.
post #20 of 22
I use regular people clippers. I keep a separate pair just for cats. I have tried the scissors type, but for some reason it didn't work well on my cat - I found that it shredded the claw instead of making a clean cut.
post #21 of 22
It's important to trim so that the scissors are closing from top to bottom on the claw. If you do it so that it's like your cutting paper you will sometimes cause some of the layers of the claw to come off in different places than where you make the cut. Not harmful to your cat, she'll just sharpen them off, but if you cut them the right way it won't happen and won't look like it's "shredded". Hard to describe what I mean without pictures... it's the opposite of how people do it.
post #22 of 22
I would NEVER declaw my cats. My mom is against that as well. We have a scratching post for Jade. He LOVES it and everytime I come home, he greets me and then goes right to post and scratches, lol. Carmella isn't into that though, but she's much older than him and she just sleeps all the time, lol. She's outside now and then and I see her scratching on trees. Cat's claws are their only self-defense they have...
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