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Old 05-13-2006, 12:07 AM   #1
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in two weeks. He will be a indoor cat. Just wondering what is nessesary to train him. My bosses' neighbor'* cat had kittens a week ago and i've wanted a cat for over a year. So, I get one.
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It depends on what you want him to do. They will for the most part go in the litter box all by themselfs no problem. I do highly suggest that you get it spayed or nuetered early and declawed on the front.

You will have to decied if you want it to stay off tables and stuff like that. I let mine go almost where ever they want. Except the Kitchen counters. That is our no no spot and we make loud noises and sort of shoosh him away and he has got the picture.

Male cats will sometimes spray. Watch for that. I think that when you take them to the vet thay can cure that. Ours makes the motion but nothing comes out.

Play with them on their terms. They are not like dogs. They give alot of love on there time when they want to. I have had some real good cats in my life. Keep me posted on how it goes.
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I disagree with declawing. De-nutted or spayed is something you should do though. Little buggers are awefully playful for about the first year and a half to two years. I've had mine almost a year and a half and he still bounces off the walls when he wants to. I just disagree with the amputating of the kitty fingers.

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I disagree with declawing. De-nutted or spayed is something you should do though. Little buggers are awefully playful for about the first year and a half to two years. I've had mine almost a year and a half and he still bounces off the walls when he wants to. I just disagree with the amputating of the kitty fingers.

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Agreed, declawing is aweful. But spaying/neutering is a great idea, as well as making him/her an indoor cat.
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I'm going to politely disagree with the disagreers.
I don't believe declawing a cat is cruel, and I've never read any studies that say it is detrimental to their health. Claws will tear up your furniture, your walls when they jump into the window sills, and people. I've have my crazy Max for nearly 6 years...she lives inside with our dog and she holds her own without her claws. She'* become quite the boxer...she has escaped outside numerous times, and has never gotten into a fight.

I guess(as with all things) it'* a personal choice depending upon what you value and want to live with. I opted to declaw her when I had her fixed because then she only had to be put out once.
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I only think declawing is wrong because you basically are cutting off the cats finger tips. My kitty doesn't tear up anything but the carpet outside my bedroom door when he is bound and determined to get it. Solution was to leave the door open for him. he doesn't claw any furniture at all, or me when playing.
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We had our last cat spayed and declawed. After it was done it had real sensitive paws and would hiss and bite it you tried to touch them. She was an indoor cat.

The two indoor cats we have now are spayed and neutered but both have claws.
They have never bitten or purposely scratched any of us for the 4 years we've had them. Always purr when you pick them up and hold them.
We have to use clear tape to cover the furniture to prevent scratching but even with a scratching post they occasionally try but the tape stops them.

I trim their claws every week or two.

If you fix them, treat them gentle and lovingly when they are young and keep them indoors, they will be docile.
Oh, and keep them away from very young children who will unintentionally.. or not..hurt them and teach them to defend themselves and lose trust in you.
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my cat is fully declawed, front and back, he doesnt seem to notice or care, he make the clawing motions on his scratch post and he'* a happy cat, he'* 100% indoor tho, i wudnt reccomend it for a cat that might be outdoors
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i would never think of declawing my cat, personally. I like knowing that I can let him out and he can kick the crap out of the neighbors cat.
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Declawing is a cruel practice, and it DOES cause permanent and lasting effects on cats. Mostly behavioural issues that include urinating and defecating around your house, and an increase in biting.

Lasting Difficulties
Without claws, even house-trained cats may urinate and defecate outside the litterbox in an attempt to mark their territory. Declawed cats may be morose, reclusive, and withdrawn or irritable, aggressive, and unpredictable. Many people think that declawed cats are safer around babies, but in fact, the lack of claws, a catí* first line of defense, makes many cats feel so insecure that they tend to bite more often as a means of self-protection.(3) A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) reported that of those observed, 33 percent of declawed cats developed at least one behavioral problem and 80 percent had more than one medical complication.(4) Declawed cats are also more likely to be surrendered to shelters.(5)


From: http://www.peta.org/mc/factsheet_display.asp?ID=42

If you read near the bottom, there are many safe and humane alternatives. In my opinion (take it for what it'* worth), if you are not prepared for the impact (including damage) from keeping an animal, then you should not consider getting a pet. If you want a pet that won't damage anything, get fish.
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