Laser Declawing...Better?
Rioconn

Elmira, NY

#553 Jul 18, 2013
Hi everyone,
I am an LVT, and I just wanted to mention that there have been NUMEROUS times when I have spoken with cat owners who plan to get rid of their declawed cats. The reasons vary, but the point is that these people were NOT committed to giving their now-helpless pets a safe loving permanent home. Several of them asked me to take these animals,as a BARN cat. So if you do plan to get this procedure done, please please make sure you can (and will) in fact keep the animal for its entire life, say 20 years or so. Having said that, I will note that I am firmly in the anti-declawing camp. It's even more disgusting to me than cutting off dogs' tails and ears.
tmp1356

Franklin, IN

#554 Jul 22, 2013
Ginger wrote:
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Are you a veterinarian? Some states outlaw pet declawing because the procedure gives your cat tendentious immediately, maybe you should find a topic you know information about!
No states ban declawing a cat. Some local counties and cities have, but there are no states that have completely banned it.
cat momma

United States

#555 Jul 22, 2013
tmp1356 wrote:
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No states ban declawing a cat. Some local counties and cities have, but there are no states that have completely banned it.
Well hopefully some/all States will catch up with those cities and counties, and the majority of the rest of the world ASAP!
ACTUAL cat lover

Erie, PA

#556 Jul 24, 2013
Cat Lover wrote:
Anyone who declaws a cat is a senseless, thoughtless, selfish, sadistic, monster who is living in the dark ages... you do not deserve to blessed with the love and presence that a cat brings to a home.
Wow, really? It's quite obviously from your ignorant spewing that you are, in fact, a "senseless monster" yourself. I'd put money on the fact that you care about your cats so much that you feed them the poison sold at PetSmart and Walmart...am I right? Get off your high horse and stop name-calling when you have no idea what you're talking about.
cat momma

Mckinney, TX

#557 Jul 24, 2013
Wow! I had no idea that Petsmart sold poison! Strange they don't label they cat food as such???
ohwell

United States

#558 Jul 27, 2013
To be honest, I have my cat declawed and shes perfectly happy. She purrs all the time, plays and enjoys life. She never limps and never crys and I know my cat very well. I took her in when she was two days old after her mother was hit by a car. I live in the country so the safest place for her is in the house. Sadly, she had to be declawed to stay in the home. It was a rule with my parents. She had laser surgery and I see no difference in her paw then before. She has perfect balance and still scratches at things like she has claws. Heck, she even kills mice.
She does nip, this is true but she has done that since she was a kitten way before declawing. She just has a sassy personality and very independent cat.
crazycat

United States

#559 Jul 27, 2013
You do know that cats claws can carry bacteria that can be bad for their human owners, right? They do walk in poo, get into trash, and other things. Every time I get scratched it will burn for hours and my hand swells up like a balloon.
cat momma

Mckinney, TX

#560 Jul 27, 2013
crazycat wrote:
You do know that cats claws can carry bacteria that can be bad for their human owners, right? They do walk in poo, get into trash, and other things. Every time I get scratched it will burn for hours and my hand swells up like a balloon.
Yes, and their teeth carry even more bacteria! So it they bite instead of scratching you you are liekly to be in a worse state! Even without claws, they still walk in their litter trays and of you have any scratches on you you could still have the same issue!

If anyone is that worried about getting a cat scratch, either adopt a cat that has already been declawed and dumped at a shelter, or don't get a cat! Real simple
new kitten Mom

Portland, OR

#561 Aug 14, 2013
JANET JUBILEE wrote:
I have done a lot of research on declawing and have come to the conclusion that doing that to a cat is mean and selfish. Cats hide pain very well and there is no such thing as a pro-declaw cat. If you don't want claws, don't have a cat! Educate, don't amputate! theclawproject.com pawshaveclaws.com
if the declaw is done correctly - just removing the last digit-nail and the pads are not cut like done in the past(cause of nerve damage), then there is no long term pain, but 1-2 days of sorness helped by post-surgery pain meds prescribed by the vet.
Don't get a cat? Then many will be put to sleep for lack of a homes willing to let a cat shread their home. Which is better- lose their claws or lose their life?
cat momma

Mckinney, TX

#562 Aug 14, 2013
Would it not be better, if you really want a declawed cat, to adopt on from a shelter rather than declaw another cat? I think the big key to supposedly having to put down loads of cats because they have claws is an owner responsibility issue! Make sure that when you get a cat that you are ready for a life long commitment and not going to get bored and dump it at the shelter in the future and to spay and neuter your animals, so there are not so many unwanted pets in the first place!
Even of you think your cat will always only be an indoor kitty, still get it spayed or neutered! It is kinder for the pet, owner and has medical benefits for the cats! Plus, too many get out and are not fixed!
phil59

Moraga, CA

#563 Aug 16, 2013
I feel sorry for you :( Having an opinion is one thing but insulting others who don't have your same outlook is sad. Using stereotypes portrays you to be as ignorant as the people you feel you are above and are criticizing. I agree that cats should not be declawed but trying to persuade people with your anger and insults is like the Westboro Babtist Church trying to persuade people to become Christians. Relax, find some purpose...life is too short to be so angry.
Anonymous

Moraga, CA

#564 Aug 16, 2013
Catsinthecradle wrote:
Lets get some facts straight, folks!
#1-YES cats do need their claws- ALL OF THEM!( I can't BELIEVE that 20 whole countries ban declaw and there still exist people in the 21st century that pay vets to turn their cats into clubfoots and think it's OK
#2-SMART people learn about a pet before getting one, um, like cats were designed to scratcha nd climb, DUHHHH- get them a CAT TREE- a nice TALL sturdy one- get it BEFORE you get the cat, then maybe they won't eeen WANT to use your furniture!!!
#3- if you don't notice any difference in your cat after declaw you aren't observing, or you never knew the poor thing to begin with (give me a break!)
#4-I can't believe that people who go around abusing and ruining an entire planet can't figure out why cats need their fingers, uh, I mean claws.super DUHHH
#4 You from Texas- well, California always was a little bit ahead of the redneck states a s far as education is concerned. Try educating yourself before you mutilate another cat, OK?
#5 all you dark-Age declaw nutsos ought to get a stuffed toy instead of a real animal, they're moer your speed...
*am I worried about insulting anyone? absolutely NOT-if they're still declaing cats they deserve it. Let's just say I'm saying it for their cats...
I feel sorry for you :( Having an opinion is one thing but insulting others who don't have your same outlook is sad. Using stereotypes portrays you to be as ignorant as the people you feel you are above and are criticizing. I agree that cats should not be declawed but trying to persuade people with your anger and insults is like the Westboro Babtist Church trying to persuade people to become Christians. Relax, find some purpose...life is too short to be so angry.
Laura

Birmingham, AL

#565 Aug 22, 2013
I have used soft claws on my cat since he was a kitten, and unfortunately, he has learned to chew them off. It is also very difficult to get them on him because he claws and bites during the whole process. My kids and I have developed a technique for getting them on without being bloody when it's over, but it's really not even worth the trouble when he'll have then chewed off the next day.
AHG

Decatur, GA

#566 Sep 7, 2013
I had my cat declawed about 18 years ago. She was definitely in pain after the procedure and she was always VERY sensitive about her paws and did not like you to touch them at all. She never bit me and her personality did not change but I would not have done it if I had know the pain it would cause her. I had that amazing cat for 18 years and miss her every day. I would not EVER declaw another cat...
AHG

Decatur, GA

#567 Sep 7, 2013
Soft paws can work but you have to apply them often...
Joyna

Forestville, CA

#568 Sep 8, 2013
I have never owned a declawed cat, or considered having it done. That being said...we cat sat for a friend many years ago; three declawed ragdoll cats. They were able to get into the top cabinets in my bedroom, and climbed the pine tree in our yard when we took them for walks (on leash & harness).
Luna

Dallas, PA

#569 Sep 13, 2013
PrideandPrejudice wrote:
My family has been debating whether or not we should get our cat declawed. The humanity of declawing a cat is apparently quite controversial, but as we don't want to give away our beloved pet since she is a rabid and notorious furniture destroyer and absolutely won't let me trim her claws, we've seriously considered declawing her.
The traditional method of declawing, from what I know, causes a cat quite a bit of pain, has a long healing period, and will hinder a cat's mobility for a while. Our vet recommends laser declawing, which is less purportedly less painful. I'm still hesistant because laser or not, declawing a cat is still akin to slicing off the tip of my own fingers and most of all, I'm worried that declawing my cat will permanently change the rambunctious playful personality that I love about her.
I'd appreciate some advice from cat owners and esp those who have had their own cats declawed. Thanks!
I came here to seek the same advice. I have a cat who is 13 years old, and was not declawed. I have seen and was upset by the destruction caused over the years to the wood, carpets, etc., in my home. I feel at 13 she is too old to have to go through declawing, plus she has calmed down so much do to age. I planned to replace the carpets, etc. in the near future. However, I recently got a kitten, and was sure this time I was going to do things right and have her declawed as a kitten, by laser during her upcoming spaying. A friend of mine just had 2 cats declawed, that are 5 and 7 years old, not by laser, but traditional method, because he just replaced his carpets and furniture and didn't want them destroyed again by scratching. But now after looking into this, I am not sure it is what I want to do to my kitten. I am kind of grossed out that in order to declaw her, even by laser, she will have to undergo 10 amputations (even though they are slight small bones). It seems so cruel. I hate to see anyone or any animal in unnecessary pain, especially for my own convenience. It is a tough decision though because it can be upsetting when we do care how our house looks. I am going to try alternate methods, like smart paws sticky tape and scratching posts, etc. I think people will just have deal with my less than perfect home, because I love my animals too much to put them through that pain, and also, not knowing how they will fare during and after surgery. But it is a person's own choice in the end.
Max

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

#570 Sep 20, 2013
I wonder how many of these people that are so adamantly against declawing cats have had their sons circumcised? Now which is worse?
cat momma

Mckinney, TX

#571 Sep 23, 2013
Max wrote:
I wonder how many of these people that are so adamantly against declawing cats have had their sons circumcised? Now which is worse?
There are mainy different posts about people trying to compare the two, completely different, operations!
Not that I would ever have a son circumcised, but I don't think it often causes permanent pain and cause early arthritis or make the kid find it so painful to pee they go anywhere but where they should do, also, never heard of it causing boys to bite as a defense mechanism! And it is not an amputation! Just saying.......
WVKristy

Parkersburg, WV

#572 Oct 1, 2013
Clawless in Lauderdale wrote:
I have had cats for the last 30 years, and all were declawed. Their personality never changed, they were the same before and after the surgery. Two of my cats still bought prey home to me as a present, during the time they were alive. one even brought home a full size duck, still alive. So go and get their claws removed. Vets are not inhumane people, as they use the proper anasthesia and post operation care.
I have had several cats declawed in my lifetime and I agree with you....completely. It's not torture. It's elective surgery. It's a difficult and personal choice, dependent on individual circumstances, and I respect that.

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