It's on right now, they are re-doing a home that is a rescue for big cats! It's awesome
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3/29/09 at 5:10pm
I thought I remembered discussions here previously that declawing big cats was a whole different ball game from declawing domestics.
From the personal experience of our resident big cat owner:
All my domestics have their claws. However, my Bobcats are declawed on the front and our cougar on all 4. The main reason is this:
Originally Posted by sharky
with Big cat s it is a true Human Safety issue ...
There is also the issue of vet care and their safety, that is the #1 reason why I did, not for my safety. I could handle my cougar with his claws and same with my bobcats, but if a vet would refuse to care for them, what do you do? Our vet uses laser and I should note, none of my cats have ever showed any signs of distress. The only time Carmelo did, was when I accidentally stepped on his front paw We were playing when this happened. He shook his paw, licked the toes for a bit, then we continued playing. I will be getting Bobcat #4 soon, a rescue and she is not declawed. I am not sure if I will declaw her though. I believe she is around 6 months of age and her claws are getting a bit large.
I believe that if you need to deprive an animal of its natural defense and behaviors and need to cut off body parts in order to make it more "manageable" then you have no right owning that animal. Zoos and sanctuaries have no problems finding vets to care for their cats.
I don't agree with big cat ownership or exotic animal ownership. very few people can do it right and so many animals end up exploited, abused and dying before their natural life span. Most people have these animals for the wrong reasons and end up getting hurt or dumping their animals. There are not enough good sanctuaries to pick up the slack. if you want to care for big cats and exotic animals, volunteer at a zoo or sanctuary they always need help and you can make a difference in some animals lives.
It's very sad what people do to their animals. It's nice that this program was able to try and help some people who want to make a difference.