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Old 05-25-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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Default Declawing an outside cat

Does anybody have a cat that is declawed and goes outside? My vet said that it wouldn`t be a problem. I don`t want to have to declaw but she goes balistic at the vet and can`t get her nails cut. We even tryed to sedate her and she still went balistic.She stratched the vet...again.

The vet said that it is too stressful for her and recommended declawing. I have had declawed cats but they never went outside. By the way, it is expensive to declaw now a days. They want $145.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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Why can't you get a scratching post and/or a cat tree. Then you won't have to worry about cutting nails. They grow so fast, you'd have to do it once a week. I wouldn't declaw for any reason. I had a declawed cat at one time, and he had been left behind outside. When I got him, he became a totally indoor cat.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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We have a scratching post but she doesn`t use it much. Her nails are very sharp.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Plymouth,Michigan/Quad Cities, (IA/IL)
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I second the scratching post suggestion. I would not have a cat declawed. After reading about the procedure and understanding what is actually done, I believe it is cruel. I would not think that a declawed cat would do well outside either. I'm surprised that a vet would suggest that.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:04 PM
 
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No cat should be declawed for any reason.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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Please do not declaw your cat. It is horribly cruel, and how will she protect herself from predators outside if she doesn't have her weapons or her climbing tools?

I strongly urge that you leave her little feet in tact.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:23 PM
 
Location: In a cat house! ;)
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Before you make the decision to declaw your cat, there are some important facts you should know. Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat's claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your the cat's claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes".
DECLAWING: What You Need to Know
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:39 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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I'd like to know why your vet doesn't think it's a problem. How does she/he think your cat is supposed to defend herself if necessary?
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:26 PM
 
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I would never declaw. Try to slowly get her used to having her nails trimmed. I have adopted numerous adult cats and have gotten every one of them to accept nail trimming. It just needs patience. Start off by waiting until your kitty is good and tired. Have someone hold her and use nailclippers to snip a couple of claws, or as many as you can get before she gets too anxious. Talk to her in a calm, friendly voice while you do this and give her a treat afterwards. You might only be able to do one claw in the beginning, but slowly work your way up to more. I can do the nails in a minute or two on each of my kitties.
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Old 05-25-2010, 10:45 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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Declawing is barbaric and cruel. Your vet must be out of his/her mind.
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