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declawing decision (help!)

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
I have one cat who is 2 years old and who I declawed and regretted doing so. He had a complication where the former nail site was infected. I felt horrible doing this to him.

Now, I have a brand new 6 month old kitten. She is pretty dosile and not very aggressive. I am not sure whether I should get her declawed purely based on the fact that my other cat is declawed. I don't want her to poke his eye out or do damage to him.

I know this is a controversial topic, strong opinions are ok, I just ask for them in a respectful tone. I appreciate your advice.
post #2 of 13
There are members here who have a "mix" of declawed and intact cats, and I don't recall any of them reporting that it was a problem. I personally wouldn't have her declawed just on the off chance that she might fight with the other cat.
post #3 of 13
I have 1 that is declawed and 3 that are not and no one has gotten hurt and the one that is declawed is the "peacekeeper" that stops the others fights but jumping inbetween tham and galring at them until they go away. I call him "Chester the Protector" since his name is Chester. He jumps in, pokes his chest out as fars as he can... you get the picture.

Just keep the new ones nails clipped and if it does become a problem, get some soft paws for it as seen here.. or do your own search for them. I get mine when I need them from my vet.
post #4 of 13
Thread Starter 
ok, this is making me feel better! I just don't know if I can do this to a cat again, it's so mean. keep the stories coming!
post #5 of 13
Cats that get along usually do not use their claws when they fight, anyway. Play fighting is usually swipes with claws taken in. I doubt it will be a problem. Even if it might be, there is no reason to declaw before you know. If it turns out to be a problem, you can use Softpaws as suggested, trim the claws so they aren't sharp anymore, etc.
You already know that declawing is wrong, and why it's wrong, so why put another cat through the maiming and yourself through the guilt again?
post #6 of 13
De-clawing can make a cat more prone to agression as they know they will have a harder time defending themselves so are constantly on the defensive. They can also become 'biters' instead.

I dont think you need to get your new kitten de-clawed, just make sure you introduce the 2 right
post #7 of 13
I have 1 cat that is declawed, and 2 that are not. Milo (who is not declawed) fights with Big Milo (who is declawed) and he has had some pretty bad cuts from their fighting. Milo also fights with Zebra, who is also not declawed and they both get cuts, mostly on their ears.
post #8 of 13
Please don't declaw your kitten. In the short time I've been here I've discvered many threads and links to articles explaining why you shouldn't declaw cats. Please do a search for them and read the articles. This isn't just a case of opinion - bear in mind that many countries ban declawing (any vet here in the UK who declawed a cat for any reason other than health would probably get struck off).
post #9 of 13
I have 4 declawed cats and two that are not, there are no issues bewteen them.

Cats do not even use their front paws for fighting, only for marking and warning slaps.
There is no reason to declaw your kitten.
post #10 of 13
i volunteer with a rescue group and we regularly place declawed cats into homes with cats with claws and have never heard of problems. There is no reason 5to declaw again just because you did it once, and many reasons not to.
post #11 of 13
i have a mix - doesn't seem to be a problem. Cable & Java are intact - Pixel & Chip are declawed [front only]. Cable doesn't want Chip or Pixel to wack her, & they're declawed & she isn't. i wouldn't worry about it - keep her nails trimmed & everything should be ok.
post #12 of 13
My two older cats are declawed, but the two younger ones aren't and it hasn't been an issue at all. The older seem to be able to hold their own during play time and the younger don't use their claws. I clip them regularly which helps.
post #13 of 13
I have three that are declawed and 5 that are not. I have no issues at all with anyone getting hurt. I keep the claws trimmed every few weeks and things are good.

I would start trimming the new kitties nails now just to get her used to the clippers and do it after a vigorous round of play when she is tired and sleepy. We have one cat who totally hates to have his claws trimmed so we wrap him in a towel to protect everyone involved.
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