Carol in MIchigan

by Carol
(Michigan)

It will soon be time to spay our 13 week old Siamese. At the same time I have been planning to have all her claws removed. Turns out that is a very controversial issue among cat owners, and some vets.


Lucy will be strictly indoors. I'm not conflicted about her front claws, but I'm getting so much negative feedback about the rear ones, that I'm wondering now if I will be doing the wrong thing. In the past I have declawed front only from some previous cats, and all four from some cats. I never had negative consequences. What are the thoughts out there?

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Nov 01, 2016
In Europe Declawing is Illegal NEW
by: Anonymous

It's amputation! horrifically painful....and I know I'm way too late....I work in adoption, I will not adopt to anyone who wants to declaw.

Sep 09, 2015
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Jul 03, 2015
useful post NEW
by: Sain

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Aug 09, 2013
To Declaw or not my opinion NEW
by: Jennifer also in Michigan

My two Siamese cats are both one year old, they are half brothers and 9 weeks apart (same Father.) I wasn't going to declaw these cats since I found out that they amputate the end of their fingers (last knuckle.) I changed my mind because my Mother lives with me and she can't be scratched. She is 86 years old and has very thin skin. The first kitten I got, Max used to bite her and it tore her skin and she had to have a shot to prevent infection. When Max bit me it didn't even leave a mark. My Mom also has veracrose veins and hardening of the arteries in her legs so if she was scratched she would keep bleeding. For those reasons I had Max and Sonny declawed (in the front ONLY.) I see no reason to declaw their back feet. My Vet used a laser to declaw them and they weren't in pain when they came home. In the past, when cats were declawed it was very painful.
If my Mother wasn't living with me I would try "soft paws" instead of declawing my cats. As for declawing being illegal, that's just a scare tactic.
By the way, my cats are indoor cats

Jul 03, 2013
I always rescue. NEW
by: angelina diantonio

I have never had a problem with the nails.I have antique furniture and leather coaches and never had any problems.They will try to get away with scratching and you say no no and they will stop.Remember,all living creatures have the same senses as we do.They feel pain and hurt just like us!!!Can you imagine someone cutting off part of your fingers????????? You are left with a stump,pain and embarrassment!

Jul 03, 2013
OMG NO!!!!! Google it!!! NEW
by: angelina diantonio

Please do not harm that poor kitten.I have never had a problem with scratching.When all may cats were kittens I said no if they scratched and I have two cat houses with scratchers around my house.Go to Petsmart or TJ Max and get a nice sturdy one the cats can scratch up.I just bought one for $24.99 at TJ Max. Also it is very inexpensive to go to Petsmart or your local humaine center and have them trim the cats nails.It is not humaine to declaw them and it is illegal in most places anymore.

Jul 03, 2013
Cat claws NEW
by: Anonymous

If you have your cat declawed it will not be able to have a good scratch. Can you imagine having an itch and not being able to scratch. I can't believe any vet would declaw a cat. Please research on the internet before you take this action. I have had two Siamese cat since they were kittens and they never scratch my sofa's ect. I do have a tall cat tree in the living room that they love and scratch on. Plus I have a tall scratch post in the hallway that the cats love. You will need to be firm and if you see you kitten scratching sofa ect say no and pick him/her up and put her on the scratch post. Siamese are very clever cats and learn quickly. If you want a happy cat please leave there claws alone. It is like having your finger tips removed. You vet can teach you to trim the claws so they are not so sharp and if you do it from a young age cats don't seem to mind. Again you do need the vet to show you how to trim them as they have nerve endings in the claws.

Jul 03, 2013
Cat claws NEW
by: Anonymous

If you have your cat declawed it will not be able to have a good scratch. Can you imagine having an itch and not being able to scratch. I can't believe any vet would declaw a cat. Please research on the internet before you take this action. I have had two Siamese cat since they were kittens and they never scratch my sofa's ect. I do have a tall cat tree in the living room that they love and scratch on. Plus I have a tall scratch post in the hallway that the cats love. You will need to be firm and if you see you kitten scratching sofa ect say no and pick him/her up and put her on the scratch post. Siamese are very clever cats and learn quickly. If you want a happy cat please leave there claws alone. It is like having your finger tips removed. You vet can teach you to trim the claws so they are not so sharp and if you do it from a young age cats don't seem to mind. Again you do need the vet to show you how to trim them as they have nerve endings in the claws.

Jul 03, 2013
Cat claws NEW
by: Anonymous

If you have your cat declawed it will not be able to have a good scratch. Can you imagine having an itch and not being able to scratch. I can't believe any vet would declaw a cat. Please research on the internet before you take this action. I have had two Siamese cat since they were kittens and they never scratch my sofa's ect. I do have a tall cat tree in the living room that they love and scratch on. Plus I have a tall scratch post in the hallway that the cats love. You will need to be firm and if you see you kitten scratching sofa ect say no and pick him/her up and put her on the scratch post. Siamese are very clever cats and learn quickly. If you want a happy cat please leave there claws alone. It is like having your finger tips removed. You vet can teach you to trim the claws so they are not so sharp and if you do it from a young age cats don't seem to mind. Again you do need the vet to show you how to trim them as they have nerve endings in the claws.

Jul 02, 2013
Declawing NEW
by: Susan

I once felt the same as you about declawing my cats (but only the front), until I found that they actually amputate the ends of their little toes. If you ever watch the video online that shows the process, you will see how cruel it is. I wouldn't like to have my fingers cut off at the first knuckle!

If you decide to remove the claws, including those on the rear feet, and the kitty gets outside, it has absolutely no way to defend itself.

My kitties are both indoor cats and have all of their claws. They have a very tall kitty tree and have learned that is what they claw.

Good luck on your decision.

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