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LottynTrike
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posted 11-04-2003 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LottynTrike     Edit/Delete Message
New cat owner here!
Never had a cat before, always have had dogs though. So now i have Jack and i love him to death, but i was wondering what i should do about his claws. The problem is he is kinda mean to my dog, and i have seen dogs go blind becasue of fights with cats. so i dont know what to do. I have heard awful things about declawing cats. i was just wondering if anyone had any advice. thanks

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Haplo
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posted 11-04-2003 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Haplo     Edit/Delete Message
Ahh! Please don't do this to your kitty. It's so horrible!! Better to give him/her away, then declaw. It's really an amputation, taking off a part of her toes. Owch!!! My suggestion is to simply clip toenails regularly, and then her claws won't really be a problem at all. If you're going to love a cat you should love all his parts! Be kind

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Haplo
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posted 11-04-2003 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Haplo     Edit/Delete Message
As a side note, just clip from paws, leave the back as they are so the kitty can run away from doggies and such! It's just the front paws that are troublesome ^_~

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fleafly
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posted 11-04-2003 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I agree with Haplo. Try keeping his claws trimmed short. My cats occasionally smack the dogs, but they have never been injured. I would never declaw a cat unless it was medically necessary for the cat. It is a horrible procedure which is illegal in many countries.

He should stop being so mean to the dogs overtime. One of my cats used to always smack the dogs, now he does it occasionally but not very often.

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Jamiya
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posted 11-04-2003 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
There are also little cap-like things that you can put over their claws so they don't hurt your furniture or your dog.

I know everyone is very against declawing anymore. But as a new cat owner 13 years ago, I went on my sister's and my vet's advice and got mine front declawed. Neither one had any problems with the surgery. They healed very quickly and thoroughly. They have not missed their claws. They still stretch their paws on things like they are scratching. They knead. They climb and run and jump and corner. The only thing they don't do is scratch my children, my dogs, or my furniture.

Granted, I would really have to debate doing this if I ever got another kitten, mostly because the vet I really trusted retired.

I have heard all sorts of things about behavior problems in declawed cats, but mine are angels and never acted any different after than before. I fact, my vet (at the time) even front declawed her outside cats, and they could still climb trees and catch and kill mice, etc.


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LottynTrike
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posted 11-04-2003 12:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LottynTrike     Edit/Delete Message
thank you all for replying. I agree with what you are all sayying. its just that i dont know that much about cats and the only stories i had ever heard about declawing are horror stories. i just wanted to see if there were any postive outlooks on the subject. Jack is kinda sprited so i am kinda worried that he might try to "play" fight with trike. (shes a three legged dog who has not always had the easiest life!!) He was a street cat, and at first he was very mean and mistrusting. i think someone along the line hurt him or mistreated him. but he is wonderful now. very loving and i couldnt see taking his claws away, but i also have to make sure my dog stays safe too!

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Haplo
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posted 11-04-2003 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Haplo     Edit/Delete Message
Read this for some more info:
http://cats.about.com/cs/declawing/a/declawing.htm

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dolly
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posted 11-04-2003 01:54 PM           Edit/Delete Message
My two cats scrapped for years, lots of hissing and fur flying but never a scratch. They knew enough not to use their claws when they were playing, as rough as they were. Definitely get a scratching post and a water gun to deter unwanted scratching.

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nern

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posted 11-04-2003 03:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
There are so many alternatives to declawing these days that I just don't think its necessary. I have 6 cats and 2 dogs and it did take a little while for my resident cats to adjust to Natalie when I first brought her home. She would chase them and they would bat her in the face but never scratched her. Im sure your cat will adjust to your dog eventually but in the mean time keeping his nails trimmed and using soft paws (if necessary) should prevent your dog from being scratched. Good luck.

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LottynTrike
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posted 11-05-2003 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LottynTrike     Edit/Delete Message
thanks to all that reply!!!

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LottynTrike
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posted 11-05-2003 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LottynTrike     Edit/Delete Message
thanks to all that reply!!!

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alixw
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posted 11-06-2003 03:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for alixw     Edit/Delete Message
Ummmm, I say no. Training and care by trimming or capping the nails is preferable to disfiguring a cat any time, in my opinion. The Japanese who bound girls feet I am sure didn't see much behavior change either, considering their culture, but I still consider it cruel, unusual and unnecessary. There are a lot of those examples I could use but you get the point. It would be like taking a two or three year old who had drawn on a wall or yanked on the dogs ear, and having from the first joint up on each finger and thumb removed as "protection" for the walls and dog. I think I would rather train my toddler than maim him.

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