Declaw pet nails or not??????

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    trudy1180
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    OMG no. My vet said he refuses to do it, if anyone insists on it they have to see another vet. Worse thing for a cat to go through. I purchase two sided tape that I put on the edges of the furniture, it is clear and could not see it. When my cat went up to it and got their claws on the sticky he backed off. I also put aluminum foil in places as the sound of the foil when they touch it again backed off. I had a scratching post up and every time I caught him trying to use places where it was no way, I picked him up and put him over to his post. It took about a week and have not had any problems since. All the foil and tape has been taken down. I also use a bottle of water and sprayed on occasion. I take him in every two to three months and have his claws trimmed.


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    Carol Johnson
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    Stella dogs and cats figure out who is the boss rather fast and its and you cant decide for them. Just as there is so much info on not de-clawing on the internet there is also many site on how to train your kitten not to bite and scratch also if you get the soft tips on the kitten there should not be a problem ..you said you rescued the cat did you rescue from a rescue or another place as any cat rescue I know would never allow for you to declaw should be right in their contract.

    most of your concerns now are What IF’s ..it is very normal for a kitten to scratch and bite they are still learning how to play and do not have total control of their nails . If your grands are respectful to the kitten and gentle / kind the kitten will do the same, its a two way street…I plead with you to really get informed there are so many ways to handle cats claws ect.


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    Lizzie
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    When my DGS was born, I was watching him 5 days a week at my house.  I already had Scooter and Tigger.  I was concerned what they might do.  I shouldn’t have worried.  Tigger never went near him and Scooter just walked up to the crib one time and peered in and walked away.  But, as DGS grew older, I had to teach him to respect my cats and not hurt or antagonize them in any way.  They don’t come out much when he is here now, but they are like that with everyone.


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    Bonitading_NJ
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    I’ve only ever had one cat declawed, which then died of an extreme abcess shortly thereafter from an infection in the paw. Have never had another cat done. I do trim my own cats nails so they are squared though. plus it helps to trim so they don’t overgrow into the foot pads.


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    Kennysgirl_ON
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    sounds like you might not have a choice other than declawing….but they do heal quickly…of course your vet will give you instructions for post-op care….but…there is also another option other than declawing….there is something called ‘Soft Paws’…they are little vinyl nail caps that are glued over the kitty’s nails…they come in assorted colors….are harmless to the kitty and prevent the kitty from scratching furniture or people….they look cute too….ask your vet about them….here’s their website….

     

    http://www.softpaws.com/


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    Stelios
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    Thank you all for the information.  I’m still not sure what to do.  If it was up to me I would probably not have him declawed, but I’m so afraid that if any of my grandkids get injured.  I will have to keep consulting.

    I love this little kitten so much that I will do the best for it.


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    Gayle
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    Teach your GKs to be careful around the kitten.  You will soon find out what upsets him.  Just make sure to tell them what it is.  More than likely he will hide when they come.  Most cats do when somebody strange or new comes in the house.


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    Just Mari
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    We had a cat for 18 years.  Indoors in winter, outdoors in summer, this IS a farm, afterall!  We did not declaw.  A spray bottle of water set on a fine mist took care of his bad habits in no time.  He learned he was only allowed to sit on leather, not on fabric furniture, except for the end of a couch that had a blanket for him to lay on. I had no problems with clawing furniture, either. 


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    4mybackyardpa5
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    I have 2 INSIDE cats that never got interested in the furniture. I’m on my 2nd scratching post but they know what the spray bottle of water is. You don’t even have to spray it any more, all you have to do is touch it.Afraid smileys


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    gabbygirt_oh
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    I couldn’t do it to my cats, not after seeing a friend of mines cat after declawing. He was walking head down on his ,what would be our forearm.


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    trudy1180
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    I might also mention not that anyone will read or believe, but kittens and cats also have teeth right??? And if handled to roughly they bite. I know because our cat when we play and it gets to rough for him he lets us know by reaching out and trying to bite us. So it is not just scratching with claws that can harm your GC. They have to be taught from the beginning not to be rough with the animal. And someone mentioned that the animal would probably run and hide. Our cat who is 2 years old does just that with children. And is very selective with adults also.


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