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Cat Declawing?

Cat Declawing?

Postby erinkeeney » 11 Jan 2016, 19:06

I'm looking at buying a kitten and my dad would prefer it to be declawed on its front paws. I was wondering if anyone knows of a vet that declaws around Taichung City.

Thank you all in advance.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby urodacus » 12 Jan 2016, 09:02

That is a most unusually cruel and very unpleasant practice. It's not declawing: they actually remove the first finger joint, not the claws.

How about keeping the cat's claws trimmed weekly, and training it not to scratch? or training your dad to be less cruel.

it's much worse than tail docking in dogs, which people already go on about as a bad thing.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby Icon » 12 Jan 2016, 09:28

Number one: do not buy. There are maybe one or two reputable breeders in all Taiwan, but still, the gene pool is small and you will be probably tricked into overpaying for a little fellow that has been removed way too soon from its mother and is highly likely to have a lot of health issues. No pet stores give you health certificates nor care to vaccinate before selling. You do not know under which conditions animals are bred. Please do not support this pet mill practice.

Number two: Declawing is not a solution. It is considered illegal in many countries for a reason: it is too cruel. As Urodacus said, they cut off part of the cat's finger, and that remains painful for many months. And most importantly: not only it doesn't work, but causes worse behavior problems, such as incorrect elimination -pooping and peeing out of the box-, aggression, anxiety, and you will lose the trust of your pet.

Please do more search on this issue.

If your dad still thinks only a declawed kitty will do, please do not get one. He may also have other weird ideas about how animals should behave, and your kitty may end up dumped one day because he feels the cat is not behaving as he should.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby hansioux » 12 Jan 2016, 09:58

erinkeeney wrote:I'm looking at buying a kitten and my dad would prefer it to be declawed on its front paws. I was wondering if anyone knows of a vet that declaws around Taichung City.

Thank you all in advance.


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Please do not declaw cats. Imagine having to walk with the first section of all your toes cut off. It is profoundly bad for a cat's health. It affects their ability to move, and impacts their confidence.

Cats that are declawed will be more likely to develop back issues, and peeing and pooping where they are not supposed to. Just imagine having to touch sand while all the tops of your fingers are cut off and still haven't fully healed, you are going to hate sand. That's what declawed cats feel about litter boxes.

After developing a bond with your cat, it really isn't that difficult to cut your cat's nails after some practise.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby Alien79 » 12 Jan 2016, 13:38

erinkeeney wrote:I'm looking at buying a kitten and my dad would prefer it to be declawed on its front paws. I was wondering if anyone knows of a vet that declaws around Taichung City.

Thank you all in advance.


Could you please post what your opinion right now is about declawing? are you still up for it?

Please if you or your dad cannot live with a complete cat.. please dont get one!!!
there are other pets that wont ever scratch so maybe consider other options!
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby hansioux » 12 Jan 2016, 14:30

By the way, scratching of furniture can easily be solved by placing scratching pads around the house. My cat, who was feral and lived in a human community, immediately recognized the purpose of scratching pads, and never bothered with my furniture. Trimming nails regularly also reduces the possibility of a cat damaging furniture.

The most important thing is to create a environment where your cat can enjoy indoors as much as we humans do. Let the cat have spaces to climb and rest up high, and look out the window from up high. It doesn't even have to be expensive, usually cats prefers stuff made out of cardboard boxes. That plus engaging her in play an hour a day, the chances for your cat damaging your property is very small, aside from knocking stuff over as it moves around the house.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby erinkeeney » 12 Jan 2016, 18:11

Thanks for the constructive replies. Just was asking a question and btw my dad doesn't desire unnatural behaviors and we would and never have dumped an animal.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby Ermintrude » 12 Jan 2016, 18:46

Just ignore them. Some of these charmers forget that not everyone is born knowing everything, like them.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby erinkeeney » 12 Jan 2016, 18:48

What I'm doing lmao. Just asked a question, nit their opinion and to bash on my dad.
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Re: Cat Declawing?

Postby lostinasia » 12 Jan 2016, 20:12

Everyone's been fairly civil haven't they? erinkeeney asked a valid question - like the OP, once upon a time I looked into declawing cats, because I had no idea what it entailed. I erroneously thought it was vaguely analogous to tooth removal. I quickly learned better, cool, and our clawed kitties (too damn clawed because we're lazier than we should be about clipping) joyously receive and shred every cardboard shipping box we get, and have done basically no damage to the furniture. No harm done.
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