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Driven mad by my cat

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Jan 29, 2013
 
My cat is driving me nuts clawing up my furniture. Most of which are antiques. I have bought her tons if toys sctatch pads etc and she refuses them all. I am considering getting her declawed but its so expensive. I was given a quote of 450.00 can someone please offer advice or tell me where to get help declawing her. I feel its our only option if she is going to stay indoors.

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Driven mad by my cat wrote:
My cat is driving me nuts clawing up my furniture. Most of which are antiques. I have bought her tons if toys sctatch pads etc and she refuses them all. I am considering getting her declawed but its so expensive. I was given a quote of 450.00 can someone please offer advice or tell me where to get help declawing her. I feel its our only option if she is going to stay indoors.
That's a steep price. I had mine done when she got fixed after I adopted her from the shelter, and they only charged me like 60$ more because she was already going to be sedated. I don't live in that area, but I would maybe call around to some bigger cities. Although if you're that concerned about your belongings, 450.00 might be the cheaper way out!! Good luck.
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Jan 29, 2013
 
I dont think cats should be declawed, there is a purpose why they have claws is to defend themselves when they get into fights or whatever. How would you like it if you didnt have no fingernails or fingers, i think its wrong to declaw a cat.

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Jan 29, 2013
 
Eric Underwood wrote:
I dont think cats should be declawed, there is a purpose why they have claws is to defend themselves when they get into fights or whatever. How would you like it if you didnt have no fingernails or fingers, i think its wrong to declaw a cat.
I understand your viewpoint 100% however, my cat was strictly an indoor cat with no chance of getting outside. I took her out one time and she was not having it!! She doesn't even like to look out of the window. I felt really guilty about getting her declawed at first until I did a little more research, then I didn't feel as bad. I do agree though if its an indoor/outdoor cat definitely don't get it declawed!
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Jan 29, 2013
 
It's cruel, in my opinion. They don't only remove their claws, but amputate up to the first knuckle in the bone. If the cat ever gets outside by accident, it will not be able to even climb a tree or fence to escape from danger, much less defend itself from other cats and animals.

Cats scratch things as a form of excercise and entertainment, sort of like how dogs chew bones. House cats already lack most forms of stimulation (can't bask in the sun, can't watch birds, can't hunt, no mating) so clawing is really all they have left to entertain themselves.

You can get a cat's claws trimmed and they also make covers that go over them to stop them from damaging furniture. You could also try training them to use scratching posts instead, or keep them in a part of the house away from expensive furniture.

If you go ahead and declaw your cat anyway, it is important that it NEVER EVER, gets outside alone. It's basically a death sentence, especially if you have dogs in your neighborhood. If they get lost, they won't be able to hunt as easily to get food either.
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Driven mad by my cat

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Jan 29, 2013
 
She has never and will never be outside at all she doesnt even go near a window or door.

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I had one cat declawed and I would never do it again. She was in misery for six months....plus they can never go outside after declawing. You can have her claws trimmed or buy some clippers and do it yourself but be careful to keep to the extreme outer edge or you will get into the nerve.

Please don't declaw her, you will be sorry.
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Jan 29, 2013
 
Green Valley Animal Hospital only charges a little over 100 dollars, but I'm not sure of the exact price. Both of my cats had their claws removed and they did just fine. It didn't seem to hurt them much or keep them down. If I thought it really hurt them, I would not recommend doing it. I never had to replace another rug/carpet or piece of furniture again.
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I have one cat that stays at my parents house that i adopted from the animal shelter back in 2007 and there is no way in hell i would have his claws removed, its wrong to have a cat declawed.
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Jan 29, 2013
 
We have trimmed her nails. Tried the sprays to make her stay away from certain furniture. Tried the rubber thinga on her feet we have done all we can to save our furniture all also including buying tons of toys and scratch pads placed through out the house.
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Look on E-bay they sell cat claw caps. I bought mine from china on e-bay took about a week to get. Some places on e-bay charge about $5.00 for 20 caps but you can find better deals I paid .99 cents for 20 so I bought about 10 packs about 100 caps for about #16.00
You trim the nail put a little glue (they include the glue but I use gorilla super glue)in the cap and slip on. They stay on about a month and if you buy them in colors you will see when they fall off. I use them all the time and they are great. If you give me a way to send them to you I will gladly send you a pack to get started and then you can see how easy they are to use and how well they stay on. Having the nail removed is very painful for the cat, please don't do this.
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my parents had my cat declawed just the front paws and it didnt bother him and he went outside all the time the vet told us that a cat does most of the fighting with their back claws and i watched my cat fight a black lab and the dog left with its tail between its legs
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ya big meanies!!!! it cuts their knuckles off basically!!!!!
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Feb 21, 2013
 
just saying wrote:
my parents had my cat declawed just the front paws and it didnt bother him and he went outside all the time the vet told us that a cat does most of the fighting with their back claws and i watched my cat fight a black lab and the dog left with its tail between its legs
I've seen cats fight and I promise you they use those front claws! It's how they defend their face and head. My grandma had her old cat declawed and they told her that once it's done you don't let them outside again because they can't climb up things or fight as good. That cat slipped out a loose screen one night and nobody ever saw it again. Somebody's dog probably ate the poor old thing.
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Feb 22, 2013
 
Driven mad by my cat wrote:
My cat is driving me nuts clawing up my furniture. Most of which are antiques. I have bought her tons if toys sctatch pads etc and she refuses them all. I am considering getting her declawed but its so expensive. I was given a quote of 450.00 can someone please offer advice or tell me where to get help declawing her. I feel its our only option if she is going to stay indoors.
That's an outragious price, check around. I had my de-clawed because they too were messing up my expensive furniture, as long as cat stays indoor. They have no defense otherwise to get up a tree if a dog would chase them.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
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That's an outragious price, check around. I had my de-clawed because they too were messing up my expensive furniture, as long as cat stays indoor. They have no defense otherwise to get up a tree if a dog would chase them.
You can replace that expensive furniture...but not kitty's accessories...
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Bigg Luggz wrote:
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You can replace that expensive furniture...but not kitty's accessories...
How would you like it if I put you in a car. Took you to see your doctor. Everyone tells you how pretty you are. Gives you all kinds of attention. Having a great day. Nod off. Wake up and your fingers are gone. Hurt like hell. Just have two throbbing stumps. Over time you heal. You must learn how to use two stumps to pick things up. Get an itch behind your ear and only able to rub it. You would love to scratch it. It would feel very good. But you can't account some no good, piece of sh*t, a**hole, had your fingers removed because they are not smart enough to buy and provide scratching posts. Ect. Ect.
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Feb 23, 2013
 
tin snips will work to wrote:
<quoted text>just get a pair of electrical wire side cutters and cut them off. or a pair if pliers and twist them off.
How would you like it if someone took pliers or even better a hammer to your fingers and see how that feels, it would hurt like hell huh!
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Feb 23, 2013
 
Retired RR wrote:
<quoted text>How would you like it if I put you in a car. Took you to see your doctor. Everyone tells you how pretty you are. Gives you all kinds of attention. Having a great day. Nod off. Wake up and your fingers are gone. Hurt like hell. Just have two throbbing stumps. Over time you heal. You must learn how to use two stumps to pick things up. Get an itch behind your ear and only able to rub it. You would love to scratch it. It would feel very good. But you can't account some no good, piece of sh*t, a**hole, had your fingers removed because they are not smart enough to buy and provide scratching posts. Ect. Ect.
Fast forward 1 month after some a** removed your fingers.... You are walking through the woods one day, sneaked out of the house when wife left door open, enjoying nature. You hear something! Smell something! You decide to jump the fence you have jump 100's of times and get back inside. You reach up. Sh*t! Someone removed my fingers. You slid down fence into the mouth of a bear. It bites down crushing your chest. Oh the pain.

Just have the poor thing put down instead. Your setting him or her up for failure.

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