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Old 05-13-2006, 03:13 AM   #11
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That is very informative - thank you for sharing! I honestly never knew or experienced any such side effects. I got our cat shortly after the divorce...the kids were 5, 7, 10, and 12....they were getting scratched up quite a bit. Their father began making threats to me because of it ...so I got her declawed so the kids could keep her. I couldn't see getting rid of a pet they adored, especially after going through a divorce.

Perhaps it was because she was nearly a year old before being declawed, but luckily, she never had a problems described above.
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hah, my cat, she is now about a year old...and she has her claws, she is not spayed and is an indoor cat...

i think we should all post a pic of our cats...hah
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we have had numerous cats in and outside our house, an we usually sell whatever kittens we have to local people who want them for a low price (they are just tame barncats). Make sure you get the cat spayed or neutered, it doesnt matter what sex they are. As for the declawing, we have declawed several indoor cats and they have never had behavioral problems as a result. Our current one probably still thinks she has claws, she tries to sharpen her paws on the corners of furniture. Our neighbors used to have an indoor cat that would jump and claw you with his back claws like a raptor after he got declawed, and that hurt like a b*tch. That being said, I would only declaw a cat if they were INDOOR ONLY, as in they never leave the house. If you want an indoor-outdoor cat, do not declaw him as he will need his claws to defend him/herself outside. Never declaw their back ones. I really dont see how declawing a cat can be considered inhumane when removing his balls is ok. Personally I would keep my family treasures over my fingernails any day.
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This is out Cat Amigo!


He will be 2 years old on June. He has been neutered but not declawed. He uses his combination scratching post rest tower all of the time. We have no problems with him scratching anything.

I have brushed him almost every day and he wants to be brushed every morning. If you massage his paws every day there are no problems with clipping his nails.

I was never a cat person until Amigo came into our lives now I really like cats.
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This turned out to be a cool post. I learned some new stuff. Glad my cat doesnt have issues.
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This turned out to be a cool post. I learned some new stuff. Glad my cat doesnt have issues.
Same here. Only one issue, he wants me to get up at 4:00 am on the weekend just like during the week day. Most of the time on the weekends we put him in the laundry room to sleep during the night. Bad Kitty! LOL
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This turned out to be a cool post. I learned some new stuff. Glad my cat doesnt have issues.
Same here. Only one issue, he wants me to get up at 4:00 am on the weekend just like during the week day. Most of the time on the weekends we put him in the laundry room to sleep during the night. Bad Kitty! LOL
My roomates cats are crazy (both are declawed, but I'm not suggesting their behaviour is solely a result of that). One of them (Zeus) is a little black cat, and he'll just be sitting in the middle of the room, all chilled, when all of a sudden he'll perk up and look around at nothing. Then he will jump literally 3 feet into the air, run in circles around the room, run into another room at full tilt, meow, into another room, meow, and so on. Then he'll saunter back into the room and go back to sleep.

The other (aptly named Goliath) weighs 35 pounds, but he'* not even that big of a cat (in terms of length, height), just disgustingly obese. He has trouble walking normally, never has any energy, is lazy (even for a cat), it'* really sad. The "funny" (as my roomates put it) thing is that he was the runt of the litter, and was small until about the time he got declawed. Now there'* nothing to suggest that the declawing caused it, but........a bit too coincidental for me....
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We got our cat, TJ, last september when he was 8 weeks old, we went to the animal shelter and spent a while looking at the kittens they had. We just watched to see how they interacted with each other and other people that were there. We chose him because he picked US out, we were the first people he came over to when he woke up and looked around the room and saw everyone looking at kittens.

TJ has never clawed at our furniture,I rub his scratchin post down with cat nip to keep him interrested in it instead. I keep his nails trimmmed every day so they are short and can't do much damage anyway, and I started trimming his nails since day one so he'* used to it. Although now that he is bigger he puts up a little fuss.

As far as training, it might not be endorsed by many but I believe in a firm swat on the rump. Not hard enough to hurt him, but just enough to get his antention, followed by a loud "NO". It doesn't take long before they learn what that word means. A small spray bottle with water can be handy, and some of those bitter tasting sprays are great for keeping them from chewing on house plants.

Speaking of house plants, be sure to be aware of any you might have that could be seriously toxic to your kitty.

and don't waste your money on expensive toys for you cat either, the more you spend, the less they'll play with it TJ'* favorite toys are the old ear piece hands free set from my old cel phone, chasing the laser site from a gun, and any of my old socks


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This turned out to be a cool post. I learned some new stuff. Glad my cat doesnt have issues.
Same here. Only one issue, he wants me to get up at 4:00 am on the weekend just like during the week day. Most of the time on the weekends we put him in the laundry room to sleep during the night. Bad Kitty! LOL
Yep TJ doesn't understand why I don't get up at 3:30 on the weekend either
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Mine is lazy and never wakes me. Loves laser lights. (Though I dont have any on weapons)(jack.....always a trip)


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She never claws and declawing is cruel and a lazy exuse not to use your intelligence to train your cat properly. ........... If your going to declaw, might as well pick the little one up one of these to while your at it.







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Oh I'm so putting that as my new wal paper. (eagerly awaits wife going to use the computer and seeing new walpaper )
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