Of dogs and cats and the downfalls of summer

Posted Monday, July 30, 2007, at 9:17 PM
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  • What are your thoughts on declawing?

    -- Posted by natejames on Mon, Jul 30, 2007, at 11:02 PM
  • Declawing needs to be done on an as needed basis. If your cat goes outside on a regular basis, don't take their back claws. If your cat is over 2 years old, they can't handle the pain, don't do it. If you have a house cat who's shredding your furniture, they have no interest in the scratching post you bought/built for them, you have leather furniture, your cat likes to claw you or your family/friends, you might consider it. If your cat likes to chew on you, your family/friends, declawing might be the last thing you want to do. Cats with clawing habits may change their habit to a chewing habit - we don't need cats with a chewing habit where ever they live.

    Gwen was a scratch everything cat in the rental house we were living in, I had her declawed- she gets to imagine she's using her claws. Marnie is a biter and a clawer, she kept her claws. Arthur is a clawer and I built him a scratching post (3 foot tall out of 2x4 because he's a big cat), he's happy with his scratching post so he got to keep his claws as well. Of my 4 cats, 2 are declawed. If they are done early enough, they don't suffer much pain and the are content without them.

    -- Posted by amystrauch on Tue, Jul 31, 2007, at 12:39 PM
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