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For the First Time in the US Declawing Cats Is Going to Be BANNED!

The act of declawing cats has been banned in over 20 countries around the world. In the US the first state to ban this cruel act is going to be New Jersey. The consequences of the declawing of cats will be paying a $1000 and/or spending 6 months in jail.

People might find it convenient to declaw their cats so they won’t scratch their furniture or hurting anyone. What they don’t understand is that this a very painful procedure. With removing the bones from their paws permanent nerve damage can occur. Declawed cats also tend to be more aggressive.

The opinions about this law are quite mixed since some people believe that this can lead to a lot of owners giving up on their cats.

What are your views on declawing of cats?

Spread the word and let people know that declawing of cats is considered as animal cruelty.

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  1. Not necessary….if you’re more worried about your furniture than the welfare of a cat, you don’t really need a cat !!!

    • I want to keep my furniture and my cats. They were ruining my furniture and did ruin my drapes. I got them declawed and we all are living happily ever after regardless of this article. Did I want to get them declawed. No way! Did and bought everything to keep them away, but nothing worked. They are all feral cats so having a home and being declawed is much better than the life they had.

      • I supposed you’d be okay then with someone mutilating your hands if they found your fingers to be causing problems? You could have just trimmed their claws regularly. We do that with my cats all the time.

      • I’m going to try to be constructive here because I feel that teaching someone is better than simply criticizing.

        Things can be replaced. Don’t buy expensive drapes/curtains. Get scratch pads to put on corners of your furniture where the legs are. Make sure you have cat trees, shelves and other cat specific furniture to keep them less interested in yours.

        Concerning feral cats – it takes a very dedicated person to socialize them. If you are not willing to spend the time and effort to do this (and simply keeping a feral cat indoors), you are not giving them a better life. Let’s look at it from their perspective: 1) you declawed them, 2) you may be trying to socialize them, meaning they don’t want to be around you or be in your house, and 3) if they ever escape, they will less chances of survival being declawed. I would argue that what you are doing is not in their best interest. Yes – I have socialized feral cats and also feed a small stray colony (3) that visit every day. They are truly feral and I have never tried to bring them inside. I can give you more details on taking care of a feral colony if you like.

        Please research before deciding to take care of feral cats.

        • You wrote an excellent statement for that person who declawed her poor feral cats. She did everything wrong.I hope she reads what you wrote and understands what she did was abuse. She didn’t save those ferals she incarcerated them with cruel and unusual punishment.

        • I agree with much of your post. However, I am disappointed that you would spend time feeding a stray colony instead of reporting it to the conservation department. Feral and stray cats are dangers to the ecosystem. Cats kill just for the sport of it. Many species of birds have gone extinct because of cats. It is the same problem with having an outdoor cat as well. Regardless on how well they are fed cats will still kill just for the sake of it.

          • Moirae.. *eyeroll* A lot of humans kill just for the sport of it, too. MANY species, in general, have gone extinct because of humans. Humans are a greater danger to the ecosystem… much greater than cats are. Regardless on how well they are fed, humans will still kill just for the sake of it. Let’s stop feeding the humans, how ’bout it?

      • Your rite Janet!! We’ve rescued 2 kittens now and they would have died if it wasn’t for us!!! So don’t tell me how cruel it is!!!

      • That is a disgusting and ignorant rationalization of your brutal treatment of your cats. Shame on you, you p.o.s. human … I can only hope that arthritis results in your hands and feet becoming twisted and crippled.

    • When we got our first two cats, we bought numerous scratching posts and cat trees. We strategically placed them near where the cats would sleep, since the typically like to scratch just as they are waking up. We put catnip on the items, or we’d treat them, or leave treats on the scratch furniture. OUR cats never scratched the furniture. There were LOTS of far more appealing places for them to scratch.

      If you want furniture AND cats, you simply have to provide the cats places that are THEIRS to scratch. (There are other things to try, too, including repellent sprays, double-sided tape, etc.) You don’t have to choose between furniture and the cats ‘fingertips’ .

  2. Hard to believe a modern, progressive country still allows this! There is NO declawing of cats in the UK and we have a huge cat owning population. If your furniture means more to you than your cat then you shouldn’t have one in the first place.

    • Totally agree. I’m 70 & was born into a cat/dog loving family. So 35+ yrs ago my own family added another kitten, forever on going, of course. Being uninformed, we declared Tigger. NEVER NEVER NEVER again! Broke my heart. It’s cruel, inhumane & should be banned. Sure, we may have saved one piece of furniture but not worth it. I love & have loved every cat that came into my heart. We have scratching posts, all sizes & shapes. We live in a cat house, simple as that. My vet of 30 yrs will NOT declaw a cat. Awesome.

    • Well America is also a country that practices infant male circumcision quite commonly. So its not surprising we also declaw cats. We are not as progressive as we should be over here.

  3. I would never declaw a cat. I just made sure I bought the cheapest available couch. I have no one to impress with my furniture. My house is as much my cat’s as it is mine.

  4. Good! If I knew then what I know now I would never have declawed my oldest cat. He’s 13 now but none of my other cats are declawed. Too bad it took so long to get smart!

    • I know of a child at my child’s school who is abused and neglected by his parents because he can’t do any of those things. You’re absolutely correct if he can’t help out because he’s mentally handicapped or physically then he should be punished.

    • You have a mental problem when it comes to cats. I strongly advise you to get yourself a tiny ( As young as possible ) kitten. Then after just two weeks come back here and tell everyone what you think about your first post. Oh !! By the way Women really are attracted to men who like cats

    • I agree. Just have to make little effort or pay little at the vet to trim nails. Buy scrstch pole or mat. You need a little investment!!

  5. I would like for everyone to stop posting about declawing being cruel and abusive.i dont consider declawing abusive.abusive is hitting an animal.i also dont like peopke judging me or other peopke who have had there cats declaw.so stop posting about declawing on page,

    • Darcel … No one can judge you without your permission. You just gave permission. When you should have remained silent, instead of playing the “Don’t Judge Me” card. Let’s remove the first joints of your fingers and see how you feel about it. Im not referring to accidently, but on purpose without your permission.

      • Too many cats are dying each day living outside. This is why I give to Alley Cat Allies. If Darcel can provide a home for a cat, may God bless her even if she feels the need to declaw the cat.I say to you, how would you like to live outside in all kinds of weather and have to hunt for a safe place to sleep while dodging dogs, cars and other predators. If declawing provides a good and safe home for a cat, then who am I to say no.

    • What should we post about then if not declawing on an article about declawing?

      As far as it being abusive you should look into it some. Yeah it’s not hitting. It is changing the cat in a fundamental way. As stated, it is like taking that first bone off of your hand. But not just that also your feet.

      It changes the way they walk. For some it never stops hurting. I applaud New Jersey’s decision and hope other states follow suit.

    • I rescued a cat , 2 years ago, he is beautiful, however he scratched up my furniture , curtains, blinds, I replaced blinds , curtains, I decided to have him declawed. It was the best thing, he is the most effectionate cat, follows me everywhere, watches me , out the windows, when I back out of my driveway, meets me at the door, Loves company, I talk to him all day, he sits and looks at me like he knows what I am asking him. He is the most mellow cat. Does not seem to bother him with no nails. He still paws at the couch , but no nails to harm anything. I guess it is your decision , not anyones else.

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    • Not true. Surveys have shown that the number of cats, and specifically declawed cats, in shelters has gone down in the California cities where declawing was banned in 2009.

      • I wish it was banned in pa. A few apartments I looked into demand the cat be declawed. My apartment says for it but the lady in the office agrees its cruel so said to use claw caps.

    • Behavior issues that studies show stem FROM declawing are among the highest reasons for surrendering to shelters or being euthanized (biting, fearful behavior, litter box problems, etc).

  6. It’s barbaric and unnecessary. With proper training, an appropriate place to scratch, climb and stretch, and a regular manicure/pedicure schedule, scratching of people can be kept to a minimum (because accidents happen), and scratching of furniture can be almost eliminated.

    • You dont train cats….cats train YOU….. You dont change a cats behavior it changes yours….. It come down to who do you want to be the boss in your house.

  7. I agree that no one should judge another for declawing a cat. Veterinarians are taught how to do this in vet school for a reason. Some people can’t afford a new couch every couple of years. I have an 18 year old that is declawed and always uses his litter box, not the least bit aggressive and purrs up a storm everyday all day. I also have a 6 year old that is also declawed and same thing. Don’t judge us because we chose to declaw our own personal furry family members.

    • At least two vet schools no longer teach declawing, and most of the others have only an informational class with no practical lab. Students are NOT learning to declaw in vet school.

      • Yes they are and they are using laser to do it. My vet just starting practicing and she was taught using laser and that’s what we went with. We took in a stray that was dumped and tried everything out there to get her use a scratching post,but liked our furniture & bedding ,destroying everything. I don’t regret it at all having it done and she runs around jumping and using her litter box like nothing happened.

    • Here in Australia to declaw a cat is criminal animal abuse for vet and owner. None of our vets perform it full stop. Never have never will. No l won’t go away to make your life more comfortable. I will keep posting as long as ignorant people like you keep mutilating cats into a product of convenience and claiming it is your right to inflict pain and misery on those you say you love. You don’t love them enough to research an unneeded cruelty before it was inflicted upon them. You love your softfurnishings your cats do not receive unconditional love they have to go through surgical amputation to live with you.
      Animal cruelty is horrible. How can you pretend you don’t know this is cruel. Chop a few fingers off and get back to us on it.

  8. Properly done, a declaw does not have to be any more painful, disfiguring, or risky than a spay or neuter. It is a valid option when it offers potential benefits to the pet in question … just don’t get me started on the insanity of cropping a dog’s ears! – Dr Jennifer Coates

    • I agree Jess. I had to get the front paws of my cat declawed because she scratched the carpet in my room and my landord said it was either that or get rid of the cat. The declawing was done by a qualifyed vet who did an awsome job, I took care of it properly after the surgery, and my cat is just fine. She is not in any pain and I can even touch her paws with no problem. I would do it again too other cats I have in the future. For my benafit I do not get scratched as much and for my cat’s benafit shedoes not get her claws caught in things and does not have to go through the trama of me sniping them. Much better for both of us.

    • According to the AAFP (American Association of Feline Practitioners): “Physically, regardless of the
      method used, onychectomy causes a higher level of
      pain than spays and neuters.” Not only is declawing an orthopedic surgery involving ten (or more) amputations, but cats are expected to walk on all those wounds immediately. Please catch up to the rest of the profession with your pain management knowledge.

    • Agree, I have had cats all my life, and they have been declawed in the front and indoors. I have never had an issue with behavior or anything. I currently have 6 cats, 5 females and 1 male, ages from 9 years to 2 years. The 2 year old male is the only cat not declawed. He is my daughters cat and happens to be a sweetheart! It is the first time I have ever had scratching posts in my house. He is actually my experiment with not declawing. The girls love him! My feeling is still better to declaw if the cat is an indoor cat! They live a life of luxury!

      • Congrats you are a serial offender being willfully cruel and and not gaining any insight at all into the needs of cats as companion animals. Read, research, open your mind, when you hear your heart break you will understand the enormity of what you have done.

    • Cats literally walk on their toes. Declawing removes the first joint. It forces them to walk and stand unnaturally further back on their feet for the rest of their lives, which has been proven to increase arthritic problems, among the slew of other problems it causes.

      Indoor only cats (which ALL cats should be) do not need to be declawed. They need to be provided with appropriate scratching areas in a variety of places to maintain their claws and scent mark. Declawing is a form of mutilation that is completely unnecessary.

  9. Declawed cats are NOT more agressive!! They do fine. They don6e feel the surgery & heal fine. Going to be a LOT more strays!!

    • Studies show otherwise. By the way, I have performed the procedure and I had to watch these cats wake up in excruciating pain. That was with meloxicam and nalbuphine pain medication given pre-op and buprenorphine post-op. I no longer declaw but do declaw repair procedures. I have personally witnessed 5 declawed cats who were aggressive become non-aggressive after I removed bone fragments left behind from their declaw procedure.

        • I watched a lecture with a well-known feline specialist that teaches veterinary medicine at a university state that EVERY cat that has the declaw procedure will have some degree of pain for the rest of its life.

          Another veterinarian spoke about his amputations and how he had phantom pain for over ten years. Based on his training and medical experience, he is convinced cats that have been declawed also suffer from this affliction.

      • Sue, thank you for doing corrective surgeries! I have a rescue kitty that had her back legs crushed, and some cruel, heartless hack of a veterinarian agreed to four-paw declaw her. She has a toenail growing through her paw pad. Thankfully, it is on her rear paw where she doesn’t put any pressure because of her disability.

  10. OK in my opinion declawing cats is not animal cruelty, what is is hurting the cat by hitting kicking caging the cat for days not feeding the cat. Declawing a cat for your safety sometimes it keeps the cat from hurting you on accident or if you did something that made it mad and it trys to scratch you. One night 2 of my cats were chasing each other and 1 ran across my face while I was sleeping it left a huge scratch on the side of my face. One time my sister went to pet the cat since it was coming forwards her and the cat scratched her arm and it started to bleed it wasn’t bad but still. Declawing a cat is just a safety measure. Sometimes its not about furniture.

  11. Unfortunately, I think it’s more complicated then scratching and furniture. I see the main problem is in most rentals — apartments, condos, houses — you have to have your cats declawed as well as spayed/neutered. So that issue has to addressed across the country to the millions out there that are renting their homes.

  12. the idea of it being that painful or making the cat more aggressive is #fakenews. first of all, there is no bone involved, you make it sound like it’s like cutting off the toes. it’s no more invasive than spaying or neutering, though i suppose people here will say that’s inhumane too. get it done young enough, they will never know the difference. we had a declawed cat when i was growing up. he came to us that way, but that’s really not the point. he was a siamese, and the absolute sweetest cat you would ever want to meet. not at all aggressive. and it was nice not having to worry about being scratched. scratches can get badly infected. so no, there’s nothing wrong with declawing.

    • First, the claw grows directly from the bone and cannot be detached. Part or all of each last toe bone IS removed by every method of declawing. If your vet told you otherwise, he is lying.

      Also, please explain why this well-designed, thorough study (published in March of this year) found that declawed cats are painful and do develop behavior problems:

      Pain and adverse behavior in declawed cats
      Nicole K Martell-Moran1, Mauricio Solano2
      and Hugh GG Townsend3
      Abstract
      Objectives The aim of this study was to assess the impact of onychectomy (declawing) upon subsequent
      development of back pain and unwanted behavior in cohorts of treated and control cats housed in two different
      locations.
      Methods This was a retrospective cohort study. In total, there was 137 declawed and 137 non-declawed cats, of
      which 176 were owned cats (88 declawed, 88 non-declawed) and 98 were shelter cats (49 declawed and 49 nondeclawed).
      All cats were physically examined for signs of pain and barbering. The previous 2 years of medical
      history were reviewed for documented unwanted behavior such as inappropriate elimination and biting with minimal
      provocation and aggression. All declawed cats were radiographed for distal limb abnormalities, including P3 (third
      phalanx) bone fragments. The associations of declaw surgery with the outcomes of interest were examined using
      χ2 analysis, two sample t-tests and manual, backwards, stepwise logistic regression.
      Results Significant increases in the odds of back pain (odds ratio [OR] 2.9), periuria/perichezia (OR 7.2), biting (OR
      4.5) and barbering (OR 3.06) occurred in declawed compared with control cats. Of the 137 declawed cats, 86 (63%)
      showed radiographic evidence of residual P3 fragments. The odds of back pain (OR 2.66), periuria/perichezia (OR
      2.52) and aggression (OR 8.9) were significantly increased in declawed cats with retained P3 fragments compared
      with those declawed cats without. Optimal surgical technique, with removal of P3 in its entirety, was associated with
      fewer adverse outcomes and lower odds of these outcomes, but operated animals remained at increased odds of
      biting (OR 3.0) and undesirable habits of elimination (OR 4.0) compared with non-surgical controls.
      Conclusions and relevance Declawing cats increases the risk of unwanted behaviors and may increase risk for
      developing back pain. Evidence of inadequate surgical technique was common in the study population. Among
      declawed cats, retained P3 fragments further increased the risk of developing back pain and adverse behaviors.
      The use of optimal surgical technique does not eliminate the risk of adverse behavior subsequent to onychectomy.

      • So tell me Dr., Where were all these studied cats housed during this time? I believe it said “shelter” cats. So I bet my back would hurt too if I lived in a small little kennel most of my day. These “studies” just kill me. First I guess, the cats must have learned to talk to tell the scientist’s how they feel. And then, they must be super happy animal’s to live their lives in a lab with minimal human interaction, except to be poked and prodded. Heck, I’d be scratching and hissing too!

        • JLC:
          If you read a little more carefully, you will see that 176 were OWNED cats and 98 were shelter cats (cats in an SPCA or similar organization that were surrendered by their owners and waiting for a new family to take them). They were not “lab cats.” In each of those groups, 1/2 were already declawed and 1/2 were not. They were not subjected to any tests other than physical exams, X-rays, and reading their previous 2 years of medical records.

          Just out of curiosity, have you ever performed or watched a declaw procedure or seen a cat during the immediate post-operative period? I am not sure anyone can comment intelligently about this procedure unless they have seen it and seen how much pain control it takes to get these cats through it well. The fact that there are so many declawed cats that do well is a testament to the veterinarian’s compassion for the pet and dedication to perfect surgical technique and pain management, a particular pet’s ability to handle the procedure and the subsequent changes in the structure of the foot, and an owner’s commitment to not allowing their cat to become obese after having their feet shortened.

          • I’ve also talked to vet techs that are no longer working in the field because of what happens after the declaw procedure. Just because pain medication was given, doesn’t mean the cats were pain-free. These techs mentioned that the cats are in so much pain; they freak out and are bouncing off the sides of the kennel. This further damages their already mutilated paws causing them to bleed.

            Here is a link to read a story from just one tech. https://declaw.lisaviolet.com/declawvettch.html

        • You assume all shelter cats live in cages; many do not. A lot of shelters are moving towards free-roaming cat rooms because it is a healthier environment for them and offers a better quality of life.

          I’ve been involved in rescue for more than ten years, and I can’t remember a single cat with litter box or aggression issues that weren’t declawed.

    • Just because you don’t agree, doesn’t mean it is fake news.

      Fake news is what you posted, your opinion. Calling declawing barbaric, unnecessary, and inhumane is based on fact, in this case, science. I order to declaw a cat; you have to remove bone. Cats nails are not like ours; theirs are fused to their first joint. We generally call this their toe. To declaw, you must remove the first digit. It doesn’t matter if you use a scalpel, guillotine cutter, or laser, it is all the same surgery. More and more veterinarians are choosing not to declaw because of new research illustrating that is causes more cat deaths than it once proclaimed to save. Walk into a shelter, read the cage notes and compare with the declaw status of the cats. I’ve done this, those that have behavioral issues were declawed.

  13. Learn to trim your cat’s claws!!!!! We have 8 and we do all of their claws except 2 and our vet does those for us gratis.

  14. And when they get out of the house (by mistake), are not found or are dumped….they starve because they cannot hunt for themselves. They also cannot defend themselves from an attacker. It’s a terrible life for them when this happens.

    • Pro declawers do not care if their declawed cat goes outside and gets lost. Many of them let their defenseless cat go outside. If lost, they pick another kitten and amputate his toe ends.

    • Friend of mine had his cat neutered and declawed in the front to keep him home because he would Tom cat around and be gone for days. It didn’t work and his cat learned to fight with his rear feet. When he moved to South Dakota, his cat started bringing home pheasants and quail just like he use to bring home pigeons and rabbits before he moved. His cat live to be 17 yrs old before he had to be put down and never was aggressive in anyway or in pain. None of of my cats seem to like cat nip and only a couple would even touch the scratching posts or whatever I bought. Almost all of my cats have been front declawed and all had been fixed because I refused to add to the over population of cats. They run, jump and act just like cats with claws and one is even tearing at my oak foot board of my bed. If his feet hurt from being declawed, he would not be doing damage to it. All my cats have lived to be 12 1/2 to 15 1/2 yrs old and have all been loving, non aggressive and pain free cats.

  15. My little cat was 11 yrs old when I adopted her from a local shelter..she had been declawed..she cannot play with toys or climb a cat tree like a cat with claws..it’s very sad..I can’t imagine the pain she must have went through..she still pretends to stretch her claws which is also sad to see..

  16. I had a few cats growing up and they were always declawed. Of course being young I didn’t know how cruel it really was at that time, and it was something almost everyone did. When I just recently got my first cats in a long time I did not get her declawed and then got my male and though they are both fixed, neither is declawed. It is a little difficult because it scares my daughter who has Williams syndrome, but my female is like a therapy cat – she knows when to keep her claws in. She is excellent about it. The only thing I am upset about is that my lease states cats MUST be fixed and declawed. And I know I am going to have to replace some trim on the doors but to me that is better than hurting my cats. I just hope that I cannot be evicted for NOT doing it because as of right now it is still legal in my state of Indiana. I am hoping that they will soon outlaw it so that landlords cannot force people to have this done. I will NOT get rid of my cats and I will NOT declaw them. Would rather live in my car.

  17. My cat is declawed and she is an inside cat. We do not let her outside, nor does she have any interest in going outside. Now if I could just get the neighbors to be good cat parents and keep their cats inside and take good care of them it would be great. My cat is awesome. She was a stray who was found up in a tree. She weighed 5 pounds. I had her declawed for numerous reasons. She is still very mellow and probably the best cat I have ever had. huge personality and so lovable.

  18. It’s cruel and completely unnecessary…..If you have the cats nails clipped at your vets office, it would be fine….You can clip the tips of the cats nails with a clipper made for cats nails….

  19. I have had all cats (6+) over the years and had all but one declawed. I had no problems with them at all. they all came home jumped on the table and jumped down. no problem jumping at all. they can destroy furniture !!! they were all loving and sweet cats/ I worked for the vet . that did it. Now they do it with laser and it is even faster, better and hardly any blood at all. I have no guilt about it at all.

  20. I found a feral kitten, was a diabetic and my Doctor told me to get it declawed, so it wouldn’t cause any infections with scratching me. I reviewed declawing the best I could back then, spoke to my vet who assured me the kitty would be fine from declawing surgery. He even recommended it as well because of my diabetes. When it was time (when my male ginger baby ‘Mew’ was old enough) he had the surgery. A year or two later he started favoring (constantly holding up) one paw. I noticed a white circle on a pad of his paw. Took him to a better vet who told me it was bone growing through the pad from his declawing surgery. So, $1,000 later to fix that and he was now hopefully pain free. I lost him at 4/5 years old due to a blocked bladder. Only after putting him down did I learn I could have had a surgery to help him not have this painful deadly issue again. I miss him every day, I still cry over him. He was my best friend and he was there for everyone in the family in the most supportive way. I regret 100% ever having him declawed, he grew up to be in pain and he bit more often. Bites are no safer than scratches, they indeed are much worse for infection risks. Declawing is a very personal issue to decide upon, I wouldn’t declaw a cat to save furniture.. but to save my own limbs, I did it. I cut off my fur baby’s fingers just to possibly not lose my own. How horrible, selfish, and stupid I feel now. I love you Mew, I’m so sorry I ever had that done to you. You deserved better.

  21. Sue, Obviously youve had your brain removed, i have 9 rescued declawed cats living a charmed life,in a very nice house sleeping on expensive furniture ,not the salvation army shit you and your family sit on ,they are lovin it. people like you should shut your mouth and mind your own buisness. you do what you want and leave me the hell alone. never mind cuttin dog tails off croppin thier ears etc etc…hell i was even circumcized before i had a say in the matter and i still use a scratching post with it! Lmfao.

  22. really why reply when this site decides to show or not show comments! My cats have been declawed all through my life and I am talking many! I have 13 cats that were feral that I have saved and they all live in my house. I have 4 that have not been declawed but the others are. I have tried scratching posts and have three cat towers in my house with plenty of scratching areas. Some still choose my wooden walls and my pricey furniture. These kitties have been declawed and have no problem at all. Use the cat box fine , play with their toys, jump on their towers and still scratch like they have the claws. I have nine cats that are declawed and are no different from the 4 that are not. Not even going to talk about the docking of the puppy tails and the cutting of the boxer and dobermans ears for show. My kittys were fine the minute they got home. Playing and bouncing around. Dont think they would do that if they were in so much pain. Just me and my happy furry spoiled family here! Please do not email me about this because you will be ignored. I love my cats and all animals so will not respond to all of your negativity about declawing. My vet will do it for me anytime I need it done. This will probably not be seen but it is how I feel on the other side of the spectrum.

    • Marie, I agree with you. I have had many many cats. And all but one was declawed and that was my first cat at 3 years old. He was an outdoor cat and the last outdoor cat that I ever had. The remaining many cats enjoy a life of luxury inside my house and on the screened in porch. They are spoiled beyond words. They also played and were bouncing around a day or two from coming home and all were spayed or neutered at same time they were declawed. People on here have saying I should not own a cat, that I am selfish, that I am lazy. If I were selfish, I would not have such spoiled cats. If I were lazy, I would not work 8-10 hours a day and also maintain a house and family. If I want to declaw and it is outlawed, then there goes my having any cats in the future. I have a cat now who still sometimes acts like he has claws and does his “clawing” at the rug. I can only imagine what the rug would look like if he had claws. I have also seen him do it to a basket.

  23. Sorry Janet and Bill, but I do not agree. I don’t think you realize how much it hurts and can continue to hurt long after the operation. I’d have to say…you are not truly a cat lover if you do this, sorry. Cats were not created for us to use and abuse so that we can enjoy them. They are NOT possessions (even though the law still says they are, God does not agree.) My opinion of course.

  24. Cats are not declawed both are around 10. However… Landlord didn’t want cats in the house, but we reasoned with him, he told us that he is faithfully letting us keep the cats. We have scratching posts, we have several different things. Landlord doesn’t know they they tore the carpet up… So, when found out, we’re pretty much gonna get a hefty fine and kicked out. I don’t care about our furniture, second hand, and already beat up. So that never bothered me. It’s in the corners of the stairs, which that carpet was brand new 600 dollar carpet. :/ But I guess if you want fur balls and you will fight for them to live with you, you better be rich, or else you’re gonna have a hard time in life.

  25. I think we all need to look at how much government regulation you are willing to accept. Believe me this is just the beginning from the “animal rights” groups. This is a decision that should be left up to the owner not the government. Be blindly happy if you wish but wake up someday and find you won’t be allowed to have that cat (or dog).

  26. We had our oldest cat’s front paws declawed, we didn’t know at the time how invasive the operation was, ever since we learned how serious it is, we have decided to not do it to any of our other cats.

    I’m not sure that this should be legislated though, there’s already too many damn laws, just educate the public on what “declawing” actually does to their pets and people will naturally not do that.

  27. If this is so bad, the declawing I mean, my question is this. How come at the vet house where my wife and I adopted our two girls they were already nurtured and declawed. We didn’t ask for this to be done. The vets do every cat they find homes for. Mine are now three years old, and very spoiled and very happy.

  28. Good news! And soon maybe baby human boys will also win their rights to a whole body! No need to cut them at birth either.

  29. Of you have enough cat trees for cats to scratch, they will leave your furniture alone. I had a cat tree in almost every room and my two cats didn’t touch my brand new furniture. You have to have things for them to scratch…They all do it.

  30. Sad to admit that I have declawed my cats until I learned that part of the bone was actually removed – and I was horrified at what I had done to my kitties I loved. I vowed to never, ever do this to an animal again. Now to ban cutting pieces off baby boys at birth!! I’ve heard all the pros, and having family members who were not mutilated at birth, I know the reasons are bogus.

  31. i think this is so out of order n cats have to have there claws i have a cat n yea she scratched all my bed n other stuff in house but never ever would i even think to do that to a poor cat its just torture if you ask me but i believe in Karma if enyone does that to there cat

  32. I’ve declawed my cats, my parents declawed most of the cats we had growing up. My grandmother declawed her cat. Yes, I understand the procedure and what it consists of. Yes, when they come out of being under for surgery they are uncomfortable and can be in a lot of pain. As long as you follow care instructions and to keep them comfortable and keep them from jumping for a week or so they heal just fine. My cat the one that moved out with me still absolutely loves me and uses her paws to hold my hand when we sleep. She’s healthy and very friendly and loves people. Also when she was at my parents house when I left for training for 6months, even without her claws she was still able to hunt and found rats/mice in my parents garage and bring them to my parents as “hey look what I found for you and took care of”… My other two cats that I couldn’t take with me that adopted my dad are completely great as well. Even with another cat my dad has that kept his claws, and what’s funny is the one without claws is in charge and wins the fight agasint the one with claws. Not one of the cats are aggressive, not one of them have any health issues. On another fun fact, cats fight with their back legs not there front… also all my cats are strictly indoors, growing up we had one cat when I was really little and was an indoor outdoor cat, one day he just never came home. Too many factors of what possibly happened hurt all of us. So we’ve keep any new cat as indoor only. And every single one has lived and still live a very happy well spoiled loved life..

  33. Was about other issues such as docking dogs tails, croping ears, or “fixing” a dogs ear to keep if standing up right rather than leave it naturally floppy, or bent, it’s cute the way they are. Or how about people to do ‘cosmetic’ surgerys on themselves because they want to “keep their youth” or alter parts of their bodies they don’t like… should we ban all of these as well? How a person takes care of their animals is what should be taken into facts about “animal cruelty” those people who don’t nurture their fur babies or give them what they need. hitting kicking , not cleaning etc are issues.

  34. I also work at a pet store I’ll walk them through about what they need for their cats to keep them from destroying the house. If they ask me about declawing I walk them throught what the procedure consists of and the care that is required afterwards. Some far and few I come across and they ponder about the idea of being an option others are flinching and feel pain themselves and agree to cat posts/trees/scratchers/clipping nails. It’s not a first option go to for people everyone will have their own opions of declawing and if they want to or not. How the cats are cared for afterwards and in the long run is what matters more.

  35. I have two cats that I got declawed. I feel it’s the owners choice. Everyone has their own opinions. My cats are very happy. Didn’t cause any problems for them. They offer laser declawing, which burns the nerve endings so it’s less painful. Also, you can get pain medication for the cats. Maybe if the cat is no longer a kitten, you shouldn’t be able to declaw them. There are so many issues in this world and people want to spend their time on something that isn’t hurting anyone? It’s a surgery. What next? Are we going to ban having baby boys circumcised? Grow the fuck up people.

  36. I have 5 cats and they have their claws. I have been very successful with them using scratching towers and have 3 in the house located in different places. Mostly by the windows where they like to hang out. They don’t scratch the furniture. I have caught one trying to scratch a runner we have in our hallway and I use a can of “NO NO” when I catch her doing it…that usually works. My sister puts little plastic nails on her cats claws which works well. Many places like petsmart will trim your cats nails for free. There are many alternatives to declawing. Declawing is a painful process.

  37. I’ve had cats ALL my life. And they have all been declawed. If they are inside only cats, it is absolutely the right thing to do. Of course, if they go outside, they need their claws. Absolutely, declawing is the right thing for inside-only cats!!!!!!!

  38. It’s not always about convenience. I’m a cancer patient and at higher risk than normal of contracting an infection from cat scratches.

  39. If an animal is going to destroy costly furniture, drapes, carpet, etc., not even mentioning the horrible stench of even an emptied litterbox, I think it is perfectly acceptable to declaw it!

  40. I’ve worked in shelters, and owned multiple cats – all indoor only (as all cats should be when not in a fully enclosed catio or walked on a leash and harness by their caretaker.) Fully clawed except one that we adopted already declawed. Its not a problem. You provide them with proper places to scratch and encourage them to use them and discourage them from scratching furniture or people. You trim nails. There are pheremone treatments even that help decrease scratching behavior.

    By the way – the one that shredded things the worst? Was the declawed cat. She used the pads of her feet and teeth and still shredded. And clawed or declawed won’t matter for digging in litterboxes, but studies show a higher incidence of not using the litter box in declawed cats, and higher rates of biting (which is much more dangerous than scratching.).

    Declawing is an outdated practice from before it was fully understood the extend of the pain and the lifelong issues it causes. Cats walk on their toes. Declawing is the amputation of the first joint on their paws. It forces them to walk further back, totally changing their foot position when they stand and walk, which leads to much higher rates of arthritis and other issues as they age. “Mine were fine” is very anecdotal and doesn’t actually address that many animals don’t show signs of pain until its significant. They may SEEM fine while still actually being not fine.

    This should not be offered as a voluntary medical procedure. Declawing should be an option if it is medically necessary (severe damage that requires amputation, etc), but not just as a matter of convenience or practice for pet cats. Not declawing doesn’t make them more likely to end up in shelters, since the reasons they end up in shelters are most often related to litter box issues, which are far more likely with declawed cats. (Strays are common too, and have a poorer chance of survival if declawed. Cats scratching people or furniture too much is not often a reason cited for surrender. Most “landlord won’t allow” issues are more about the cat than it having claws – landlords are often worried more about them peeing outside the box (a smell that is hard to eliminate) than them scratching things.

    Now if only this could be followed by enforcing leash laws for cats too. They should NOT be wandering outside, they are invasive and do horrible ecological damage. On a leash and harness is fine. But dogs and cats need to be indoors, in secured outdoor areas (catios, etc), or on a leash. We need to stop this absurdity of letting cats wander. Its not more natural, as they are domestic and have no natural habitat, and they derive NO benefit from it that they can’t get with a bit of enrichment indoors or on leash walks, catios, etc, and they are far more likely to experience disease and trauma and have a early and poor end.

    No declawing, and no outdoor kitties!

  41. Deplorable and cruel act. I’m surprised any western county would allow this. I’d expect this in China or amther eastern country. This is not heard of in Australia … ffs, STOP IT.

  42. And if you have an elderly person on blood thinners who desperately wants to keep their cat but keeps getting scratched up? Sometimes it is an unfortunate necessity, sending them to another home isn’t as easy as it sounds with shelters full all over the country of unwanted cats

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