Cats tell Pet Psychic how they feel about declawing

July 3, 2011
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The following article was written during the declaw ban movement in California. Other animal communicators and intuitives have reported the same thing.

Pet Psychic Talks to Declawed Cats: Some Find Painful Toe Amputation Hard to Forgive

Honestly, declawing is hard for me to forgive, too! I just don’t get why U.S. (and Canadian) veterinarians continue to work so hard to ignore the pain and suffering they are causing to hundreds of thousands of cats every year.

But there is hope on the horizon. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association recently reported on a talk by Wesley V. Jamison, PhD, who warned that, in a conflict between science and morality, morality wins. Although Dr. Jamison was referring to farm animals, the same argument could be applied to the declawing debate. Indeed, in the declaw ban debates, the issue of morality (specifically, animal cruelty) persuaded eight municipalities to pass ordinances to ban the procedure. Once local legislators understood what declawing really is, they clearly saw that it constitutes cruelty.

We will eventually win this debate. It’s inevitable. It may require letting the current generation of vets who see nothing wrong with declawing to die off, for a new and more compassionate generation to become the majority…but we will win! We will never give up, and we will never shut up!!

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11 Responses to Cats tell Pet Psychic how they feel about declawing

  1. Sam on December 5, 2011 at 7:57 am

    If somebody can’t have a cat in their home without declawing it, I would suggest a DIFFERENT PET.

    Rabbits, for example, can be litter-trained and kept indoors. If handled and socialized properly when young, they can be very people-friendly and even sit in your lap. Plenty of people keep house-rabbits.

    There are also dogs, guinea pigs, budgies, domestic rats, ferrets, fish, etc. Not everybody should have a cat. There are different kinds of pets because they suit different kinds of people. A little research can go a long way when choosing the right pet.

    There’s no reason a cat should ever need to be declawed for non-medical reasons.

  2. Danette on September 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    I am surprised no one states the obvious. Trim your cats claws. I trim my two cats claws once per week. I just cut the sharp point off the nail, my cats don’t mind at all. By taking the sharp point off they can’t pull or tear fabric but can still scratch. Saves my couch and we are all happy.

    • jhofve77 on September 8, 2011 at 7:27 am

      I totally agree! We say this over and over in many articles on our website; but this particular article is a reprint of someone else’s article, so we couldn’t edit it. :)

  3. Constance on July 31, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    My cat Calypso started having swollen infected pusy nail beds. (All of them) Nothing was working. I spent hundreds of dollars with the vets. Eventually she was diagnosed with Pemphigus Foliosis. This is an autoimmune disorder. She had two alternatives. Spend the rest of her life on steroids or get declawed. I consulted people around the country that had been thru this with their cats and the consensus was that the declaw was a better alternative to steroids with on and off again infected toes.

    It was with an extremely heavy heart that I made the decision to declaw. The morning I took Caly to the vet for her operation I was nearly hysterical when I dropped her off. Then in the evening when I picked her up, she had all four paws swollen. Looked like she had “catcher mits” on with the sutures sticking out like whiskers. She was groggy and flopped around like a seal. It was the most horrible thing I have ever witnessed. I still have guilt about it but can’t imagine her life would have been better otherwise. She was only 3 at the time. (one endearing side note – the vet told me not to be concerned if she did not eat for a day because of the drugs, but when I opened the cat carrier, she flopped her way to her food bowl, first thing, and from her “belly flat on the floor” position, she eat like a little piggy. I kept her in a large crate for the night… and the next few days I carried and cuddled her like an infant.

    Her feet are fine now, age 9. She is active and scratches at her post like she had her claws. Jumps up and down. Plays with her “sister” cat and usually “wins”. I am still sad and wish we would have had another alternative treatment.

    The thought that someone would do this inhumane procedure to a cat just to avoid messed up furniture is just plain sad. Caly’s sister decided she liked to claw my chairs and I went online found tea tree oil sometimes works. I bought some, put it in a spray bottle with water and regularly spray a bit on the chairs where she used to claw. It works like a charm. She hates the smell (so do I).

    There are alternatives. If nothing else, give the cat a chair to call their own, and claw up… or maybe get furniture they don’t like? I met a man once what had a beautiful home in the mountains. I walked in and he had tin foil spread on the bottom edge of his sofa and chairs. I just smiled and thought, now there is a family that loves their cats and don’t give a dang what anyone thinks!

    • jhofve77 on July 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      Hi, thanks for sharing your story! In my entire career as a feline vet, only once did I declaw a cat for medical reasons (chronic fungal infection of the nail beds. She did well and the problem was solved, but I am still sorry that it was necessary). A recent survey of veterinarians found that 95% of cats are declawed to protect household furnishings. There are alternatives for all non-medical reasons for declawing. When I am feeling cranky about it (which is most of the time), I just want to tell people who declaw their cats to “get a goldfish” instead. If you have to change an animal’s fundamental nature in order to co-exist with it, then it is not the pet for you.

  4. CatLover on June 30, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I am personally 100% against it. I worked at an animal hospital and received a kitten from them who was wrecking everything. I insisted on getting him declawed and even though the vet was against it, she did it…and made me watch, made me realise just what i was doing. When declawing a cat, its like cutting the entire tip of you finger off, down to the first knuckle. Its painful and unnecessary. And then hey guess what? he started biting and started urinating in places he shouldnt. coincidence? I think not. If you train your kitten from a young age, you can easily avoid destructive behaviour. How about instead of removing part of your cats finger, educate yourself and learn how you can help your kitten grow into a beautiful well-behaved cat.

    • jhofve77 on June 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience, it has been a hard lesson for you (and your cat!). Many people have found out the hard way what declawing does to a cat…and it’s never pretty. There are many humane alternatives to declawing, and much more information this site’s Declawing category (see white menu bar above).

  5. ClawsForever on June 14, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    Dear offensive Danny Declaw and anyone else who thinks declawing is “convenient” or no big deal,

    No one forced you to bring cats into your life. When you got them, you surely knew they had claws. There are plenty of us who’d like to see animals keep all their toes despite uncaring owners like you. We actually appreciate cats just the way they are, claws and all, and our furniture comes second to the living, breathing, purring cats in our lives. We spend time training our beloved cats and our furniture does not suffer nor need to be replaced. When we brought cats into our life, we made a choice to love them for who they are, and not mutilate them in the name of convenience or furniture.

    So when you hurt cats, you [make us angry]. And we aren’t going to be quiet about it until the act of declawing is made a crime the world over as it already is in 37 countries and 8 cities in the U.S.

    We’re fully aware that we cannot prevent you from declawing your cats. We can offer information and I personally can offer to take them in and rehome them – YES most of us would rather rehome cats than have them stuck with people who should not own them in the first place. That’s a no-brainer. A home that declaws is not a proper home for cats. We may not be able to stop you, but we’ll keep educating, advocating, and speaking out against the cruelty that people like you won’t blink an eye at. We know we have reached a lot of people whose minds we do change by presenting all the fun facts about arthritis, phantom-pain, litter-box avoidance (think: peeing on those beloved couches!), biting, and aggression towards humans and other pets.

    “The cat is treated as if he or she is an inanimate object who can be modified, even to the point of surgical mutilation, to suit a person’s perception of what a cat should be. It would seem more ethical and humane to accept that claws and scratching are inherent feline attributes, and to adjust one’s life accordingly if a cat is desired as a companion. If this is unacceptable, then perhaps a different companion would be in order.” – AVAR

    • jhofve77 on June 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

      While I agree completely with your sentiments, I had to edit your post for (mildly) inappropriate language. No matter how strongly we feel, or what we might say to (or among) ourselves about it (personally, I have a very large vocabulary of “colorful” words that apply), I believe that, in the end, only a civil, reasoned debate will succeed. If the pro-declaw folks want to take the low road, let ‘em. We should adhere to a higher standard. As Richard Harris (as King Arthur) said in the great movie Camelot, “Right is might!” :)

  6. Danny Declaw on June 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Honestly, I could not give 2 [expletive deleted] about forgiveness, because frankly I have not forgiven my two cats for the thousands of dollars in furniture they have essentially destroyed.

    Now before you provide a link to an article that lists alternatives to declawing…don’t bother. I have tried them.

    So my cats will be getting the procedure in two weeks, and then I can maybe have new furniture without the worry of it being destroyed.

    • jhofve77 on June 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      Blaming your cats for your failure to train them…that’s about as mature as your use of foul language in your comment. So
      no, I won’t point you to any articles….words could never penetrate such a completely closed mind.

      I must ask, though…what happens when you get severely bitten, or your new sofa is soaked with urine? You *do* understand that there is a 66% chance that at least one of your cats will develop one of these behaviors, right? Frankly, it would be better to re-home them now, with someone who understands and tolerates normal cat behavior.

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