Originally Posted by ugaimes
I'm going to share something with everyone on TCS that I have kept silent until now.
Eponine is front declawed. I had it done. At the time, I honestly felt like I had no choice.
After college, I found myself completely broke and without a job. I had no choice but to move back home with my mother. Eponine was so nervous about the move and would claw anything she could get her hands on. I tried clipping her claws and I tried Soft Paws. I would recruit my mother or a neighbor to try to help me hold her down, but getting her to be still enough to clip claws or put on Soft Paws was impossible. I got her when she was close to a year old, so she wasn't raised from a kitten with regular claw clippings. My mother gave me an altimatum: get her declawed or she would have to go. Well, there was NO WAY I was giving up Eponine and I could in no way afford to move out at that point.
So I did a lot of research. A LOT. I looked at vets here in Savannah and all over the state. I did not take the decision lightly. After doing research and hearing from other people who had declawed cats, I chose a vet here in Savannah to perform the operation. I was SICK with worry and stayed at the vet's office the entire day waiting for it to be over. I threw up several times while they had Eppie in surgery.
After the procedure, they gave me pain killers for her. She used shredded up newspaper instead of litter for a week. After a day, though, she was back to her normal, loving self. She never seemed to be in a lot of pain (I know I cannot speak for her, I'm just going by what I observed and trust me- I watched her like a hawk). To this day, she still "scratches" her territory and kneading my arm is her favorite way to snuggle . She is indoors ONLY, so the threat of the outdoors is very minimal.
I started clipping Cosette's claws the day after I brought her home so that she would be used to it right off the bat. Though Eponine's declaw really did go off without a hitch, I would never declaw another cat because, yes, the risk is there (as with any surgery).
I contemplated whether or not to post this. I value my friends here on TCS and realize that this may really upset a LOT of my friends (though I am sure I am not the only TCSer owned by a declawed cat). I just cannot keep this a secret any more.
my opinion of you hasn't changed at all, that's in the past okay and you did what you thought was best at the time.
|My issue with debates about declawing isn't whether it's unnecessary or painful, etc... it's when people say "oh if you want to declaw your cat, maybe you should just have a stuffed animal or fish instead". I take offense to those statements. I am not cruel, I did not do this because I love my furniture more (heck, Jordan attacking my couch has proven that theory) and I do love Baylee, more than anything. So while I do believe that declawing is unnecessary, I think it's... "low" to tell people things like what I mentioned.
Did that make any sense?
it depends on the circumstances, i'll never think it's a good thing but sometimes if you are in a difficult situation you can make a decision you might think is great at the time and regret it later, and still love you cat, that is a bit digfferent IMO.
the reason i say get a stuffed cat is because i believe a cat should be left exatly how it was made, some people (not you) declaw there cat because of their furniture and in that case, they should have a stuufed cat because that is all they deserve.
|IMO, the people who should get stuffed animals instead of real cats are the one's that "declaw" their cats to save their furniture, carpets and other material things. If a person cares more for a bunch of inanimate objects than their kitty, then they shouldn't have one.
My kitty loves her sharp little clawsies. She claws my furniture. She claws the carpet. She claws my clothes. She claws my hands. She claws my feet. My kitty will always have her claws (and ALL parts of her feet). She's a kitty and having claws is a major part of being a kitty.
|I know plenty of cats that are declawed and they are perfectly fine. Yes bad things happen but when you take your animals or yourself in for surgery you should know the risks and benifits. Expect the best but prepare for the worst.
i'm well aware that 'some' cats are fine but if you really love your cat why risk it? having claws isn't a life threatening illness, it's the way cats were meant to be.
there are no benifits from declawing and IMO that is not our decision to make, i'm pretty sure that if you could ask your cat if he wanted to be declawed he wouldn't say 'oh sure, i don't need these anyway, i never need to scratch myself, they just get in the way'
when a person goes in for surgery they know what is happening and that is their decision to make, i think it's highly presumptous to assume that everything we decide on is the best for our cats, if it is in their best interest then that's great but when it comes to ripping their claws off...i'm sorry but that's just plain sick.
i'm just glad it's illegal here as it should be everywhere.