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chloesdad
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From:Wilmington,DE
Registered: Nov 2003

posted 11-07-2003 12:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chloesdad     Edit/Delete Message
My landlord recently sent one of the maintenence staff to change our filter for the heater and discovered my cat with claws.(the little thing couldn't herself, she took a swipe at the staffer) Now they tell me that part of my lease agreement that cats need to be declawed. I don't want to give her up or risk being evicted. I never thought it would come to this. I don't want to give her up(she's on 5 months old), is declawing a kitten really that bad for it?

[This message has been edited by chloesdad (edited 11-07-2003).]

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 11-07-2003 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
First of all I don't think that it is legal for him to force you to declaw your cat. Does your lease say that you wont have pets?Maybe you should try to educate the landlord about how terrible declawing really is. Most people don't understand the procedure. You can try to work out an agreement that you will keep her claws clipped short. It's better for your cat to be declawed than homeless, but personally I would move before I declawed my cat.

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chloesdad
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posted 11-07-2003 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chloesdad     Edit/Delete Message
The details are this. They are telling me my lease says that I can have a pet, but with limitations. No pet may exceed 20 pounds(dog or cat) and cats need to be declawed. I do remember them saying that when I asked about her, but I don't see it in my lease. My lease is up in June, so breaking it is not going to financially feasible. I can't afford eviction, the main question I had was this....how bad is it to get a cat declawed? I wasn't going to, but it seems like the easiest way out(this is my first cat by the way, i had a childhood allergy that I've grown out of). Please don't flame me about being lazy or anything, i don't want to consider this option, but I kind of have to.

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 11-07-2003 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Of course you have to consider the option, but I think it should be the absolute last resort. The fact that you are here asking about it means that you care about your cat.

There are a lot of websites out there that describe the procedure, but I will give the you the quick version. Declawing a cat is equivalent to cutting your finger off at the first joint just below the fingernail. They actually remove the joint to take the claw out. Then they seal the open wound with glue. It is a very painful procedure for the cat. After being declawed some cats develop behvaior issues including agression and not using the litterbox. Not to say that your cat would, but many do. Declawing cats is illegal in many countries, and some municipalities in the United States b/c it is so brutal. If it is absolutely your only option, then you might have to do it. But I think there are other avenues to try first.

You have to read your lease very carefully. If it does not say in the lease that the cat has to be declawed, then they can not make you declaw her. They also can not evict you if you refuse to declaw her unless it says in your lease that she has to be declawed. Read every section of it very carefully. I am guessing that you live in an apartment complex. If it is a large company then they probably have their own lease that they use. Let me know what it specifically says in your lease about cats. If you would like me to take a look at it I would be more than happy to. I had my real estate license in Texas.

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nern

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From:NY, USA
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posted 11-07-2003 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Im sorry to hear you're in such a tough position. Have you ever heard of softpaws? They are plastic nail covers that are glued on over the cats nails...you can apply them yourself or your vet, a groomer or petsmart can do it for you.
The website is: www.softpaws.com
I would print out the info. on softpaws and ask your landlord if he/she would agree to allow you to use them rather than declawing.

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beepbeep
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posted 11-07-2003 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beepbeep     Edit/Delete Message
I think nern has a great idea. Maybe after you explain to your landlord what happens when you declaw your cat then they will understand that its horrible and that the softpaws are just as good. (well ive heard its great, ive never used softpaws.)
Good luck! I really hope they understand.

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wtpooh
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From:Fairfield, CT
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posted 11-07-2003 03:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wtpooh     Edit/Delete Message
You may also want ask your landlord if you could sign an agreement that you will cover any costs associated with damage due to your cat. Not that there will be any but it might put his mind as ease. Be sure to take pictures now (with a dated newspaper in the picture) so he can't blame the cat for any other damage.

I have four cats and 1 kitten in my house. We keep their nails clipped and have 3 different scratching posts. My kitten is 8 months old and, like with the other cats, I have always used the water squirting bottle to stop bad behavior with great success. I would only use it when she would scratch furniture or play in the plants. I have no problems now with any of them scratching anything else except the scratching posts.

Please don't declaw....

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Cat
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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
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posted 11-07-2003 04:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Hi

If it is not in your lease then you are not bound by it....

Any actually, I know that in Nova Scotia, a landlord can't evict you b/c you have an animal even if it states in the lease that you can't have one. AND they can't thow anyone out legally in the winter.

But that aside. Softpaws are a great alternative! And if you have a damage deposit on your apt, your landlord has the right to take that from you to cover any damages left by you or your cat.

Your landlord can't force you to have your cat declawed.

Please keep us posted!

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MaydaysMom
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From:MO, USA
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posted 11-07-2003 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaydaysMom     Edit/Delete Message
OH MY GOODNESS! I am sooo sorry. That is awful. I cant believe they can legally do this!!!!
Definately take Nerns advice on the soft paws. They are wonderful.
You should also print out some of the declaw info on the site www.de-claw.com Show this to your landlord and get a statement from your vet that soft paws are an equal solution to declawing.
I understand your situation, but maybe you can fight it and save kitties for many more tenants from suffering the pain of a declaw.

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fleafly
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From:sheridan, wy
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posted 11-08-2003 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Great idea with the softpaws nern. I know there has to be an alternative to make the owner, cat, and landlord happy.

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clwasilko42
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From:West Chester, PA.
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posted 11-08-2003 09:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clwasilko42     Edit/Delete Message
I was going to get my two, 5 month old kittens declawed also, until I found out that it will cost me $300.00 PER kitten....that is with the new 'laser' procedure....sorry, I love my kittens, but I can not afford $600.00! Plus, I dont have the heart to declaw them now I kind of like their claws, and if I have to I will get the "softpaws" on both of them.

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chloesdad
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From:Wilmington,DE
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posted 11-10-2003 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chloesdad     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not going to get her declawed over this. It is in my lease(upon further review) that all cats must be declawed and also that we would only be allowed to have one pet. We currently have 2, the first being my girlfriend's 3 year old(declawed) tabby and now my kitten. We already have a place lined up to go and live that will allow 2 pets as long as they don't weigh over a combined 40 lbs. We are going to call their bluff and figure that in a complex that has over 1000 units, that they will forget about us. At least until June. I'm still considering declawing Chloe at some point, but it will be my decision and not the management of this complex. Thanks for all the feedback from everyone.

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Sue
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posted 11-12-2003 11:22 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Thats disgusting. No one should force you to declaw your cat. i would never do such a thing to my cat. a few years back we used to have a white cat and my mom went and got it declawed. its sad. dont do it. its animal cruelty. cats are meant to be outdoors, even though alot of people have only indoor cats, my cat is an only indoor cat, but how do you expect a cat to defend itself when it goes outside. why did your cat claw the maintenance guy? i bet you he went towards her in a threatening way. he must of had his hand in front of her face or something, because cats get defensive from that, and she doesnt know him. They should make it illegal to declaw cats everywhere. why have a cat if youre just going to punish it by doing such a thing just because its a cat. for example, just because a dog bites some one, the dog has to have its teeth removed? doesnt that sound stupid and cruel? animals are animals, theres no way you can prevent them from doing the things they do. you cant force them to like some one. i never complain when my cat scratches me or some one else, because shes a cat and she has her reasons. for example if i were to touch her tummy, shes gonna bite or claw. why? cuz she doesnt like her tummy poked at. its not fair to take out things like that on the poor animal just because we think we can because its smaller than us. there are other ways around it. you cant just take the easy way out when it comes to taking care of an animal. you should not let your landlord make you do it and i know you wont. good luck

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