Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom
Well, this cat already bites, and declawing sometimes makes attack personalities even worse, and since bites are actually what causes infection, I think it would make it worse. Also, this cat is obviously poorly socialized and the stress caused by declawing would make him worse. I would rather have a cat claw at me than bite me any day. Somebody needs to do something about the poor cat, and its poor neighbors. I mean, people are actually afraid for their children. Although, the owner claims that her cat and the other people's were fighting and the person tried to get in between them and got attacked. I don't believe her. I doubt the Avon lady brings her cat along on house calls, plus the Avon lady is suing, so I don't think its that simple.
I will say, though, that it's possible that she has not done anything "wrong", though it does seem that she is deluding herself about her cat's behavior. My roommate before I got married adopted a kitten who was never mistreated, but Suki (the cat) just had a really bad mean streak that seemed to get worse as she got older. Eventually my roommate had to rehome her.