Originally Posted by SolarityBengals
Not to start an argument... But is it ok to debark a dog, or defang a dog or cat? Just because it fits better to the humans life? To allow declawing can cause serious health effects, if not immediatley then later in life. Are you against spay/neuter contracts too? It is for the better good of the health of the animal. I would only want an animal to go to a home where the health is #1 priority and declawing is not healthy, that is not an opinion, that is a fact.
1) I never said I was for declawing, just do your homework and know what is going to happen (that should be true with anything and everything)
2)When you say things like "I don't want to start and arguement" you are starting an arguement.
All I am saying is anyone who is giving away or selling animals number one priority is to find a home where that animal will be loved and taken care of. If you feel strongly that cat you are giving away or selling should not be declawed then provided that family with other options like soft paws, or if you don't want your cat declawed then keep them, make your home happier with a few more kittens. (They are like potato chips, you can't have just one)
My fiance's cats are both declawed. Kiki is 13, her mother Sara is 15, and both are happy and healthy. Limerick and Able, my and my sister's cats, are not declawed and are happy and healthy, both are closing in on 2 already!!!
As for the saying/neutering comment.... Many shelters give you 30 days to find a vet, get a qoute, and get it done.. I don't know about anyone else but I am very busy... giving me 30 days to do anything is a bit much. Those types of choices should be left up to the owners. Of course you should always spay/neuter your pets for many reasons (do we really want the house to smell like kitty's litter box?).
As for your "defanging" comment, is that even possible? I have seen "debarkers" for dogs who bark all the time. From what I have seen it mutes the bark and does not hurt the dog. I have only heard them being used on dogs in apartments.