Yhmfan From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 607 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1269 times:
We just adopted two kittens, both female. They are seven weeks old and of mixed breed.
They will be neutered when they are 6 months old but I was wondering what everyone thinks of declawing the front paws?
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Jutes85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1258 times:
Are they sisters?
I wouldn't recommend declawing, just trim them about once a month and it'll be fine. We have two cats and their claws have never been a problem. Besides, how are they supposed to catch mice and birds without claws?
EA CO AS From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 12963 posts, RR: 62 Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1223 times:
was wondering what everyone thinks of declawing the front paws
A friend of mine is a veterinarian, and she wholeheartedly RECOMMENDS declawing - but only if the cats will be indoor pets. If you ever plan on letting them roam in and out, leave the claws alone.
The recommendation for declawing is to do it as early as possible, as kittens heal more quickly, and the fact that they put less weight on their paws keeps the wounds from re-opening a day or two after the procedure, as is common with large adults.
Many vets will place patches on the cat that administer pain medication through the skin, keeping them comfortable for the duration of their recovery time.
For those of you who dislike the thought of declawing, there are some manufacturers who sell rubber sheaths that can be glued over the claws, keeping the cat from being able to do damage with them.
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Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 56 Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1203 times:
less weight on their paws keeps the wounds from re-opening a day or two after the procedure, as is common with large adults
Shouldnt this alone be more then enough cause not to do this?
Why would you? To prevent the cats from messing up your furniture? Place a good scratching pole and you have taken care of that problem. Face it, the claws are part of the package and it should not be up to us to modify that package.
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16319 posts, RR: 87 Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1189 times:
I'm told its incredibly painful for a cat, so I would never get it done.
Not only that, but frequently the ancillary nerve damage causes permanent pain that can't be relieved.
We have two 8 month old kittens. We trimmed their claws for a while, but really they only claw their scratching post (boy) and sisal scratching thingy on door (girl). They're very particular about which they'll claw.
They don't claw leather. For some reason, it doesn't work out.
Declawing via standard procedures should be illegal. Laser declawing is significantly less damaging, but still should be reserved only for dangerous cats.
They will be neutered when they are 6 months old
DON'T wait that long. They will have basically passed puberty by then, so you'll miss some of the benefits, including some cancer related ones if they're girls.
Get it done ASAP if they're past 6 weeks old. Waiting until about 8 weeks is optimal. Kittens recover from the surgery better than slightly older cats, and its less damaging.
Look for a vet that utilizes a carbon dioxide laser for the procedure. It may set you back 15% or so more for the procedure, but it has a host of benefits for the kitten and really, really reduces the recovery time.
Also, request sevofluorine gas as the anesthetic (frequently referred to as Sevo, it may be the brand name available as well). It has a significantly lower body load than other types of anesthetic for animals.
ASK AROUND. When you find a vet that offers both a carbon dioxide laser AND sevo, you've found a good one.
Nonrvsmdmf From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 186 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1184 times:
My cat is an indoor cat and I would never think of declawing her.
She has accidently gotten outside a couple of times, and without
her claws she would be defenseless.
She does not claw the furniture. When I first got her, I played with
her around the scratching post and gave here treats when she
used it. The key is you must show them attention and play with
them. They are just like having small children, if you do not show
them attention, they will do something you will not like just to
get the attention.
I agree, declawing should be against the law. It is cruel.
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Vaporlock From Canada, joined May 2001, 3645 posts, RR: 57 Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1164 times:
Yhmfan, congratulatons........you now have 2 little souls that will bring you lots of laughs and unconditional love. By getting 2 they will entertain themselves and you at the same time.
I personally have 3 cats and they all still have their claws. I have 2 scratching posts in the house that they use and they never scratch my furniture. When you go to the pet store, have a look at what they sell in the way of scratching posts. You can make your own very easily......you can even make a tree house for them...and believe me once they start to use it they won't stop!
I do not believe in removing their claws....it would be just like you having your nails removed...
Gigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16319 posts, RR: 87 Reply 14, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1164 times:
Oh, and don't buy cat food at the grocery store. Its got a high percentage of ash, and rarely meets any requirements. We feed our kittens Eukanuba, but the same company makes a value brand called Iams that's fine, and much more affordable. Petco or Petsmart (I'm sure they have those in Canada) carry a variety of high-quality brands, and its worth the extra 10 minutes to go there.
The US and Canada have the AAFCO. Look for food that has been AAFCO certified to have "Complete and balanced nutrition for...". If that isn't on the bag, don't buy it.
Most good food is balanced for all life stages, but some kitten food is balanced for Growth, Lactation, and Gestation. You also feed it to pregnant cats.
Final bit of advice (for now). The cheaper a toy is, the more likely they are to play with it. Buy a peacock feather (or anything fluffy on the end of a stick) and a laser pointer. Cats like to hunt things. You have to switch out toys often, or they get bored with them. Keep a drawerful and rotate them.
Kittens that haven't been through puberty don't react to catnip usually. Your kittens certanly can't right now, so don't bother buying any, and if you get them spayed soon they probably never will.
You didn't ask for any of this advice, so feel free to ignore it all.
ArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3450 posts, RR: 16 Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1153 times:
We had out cat de-clawed and it really didn't seem to effect it after the surgery other than the expected healing. It's great after it's done, but evidently it's really bad for the cat, so I wouldn't get it done again.
Skyhawk From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1066 posts, RR: 3 Reply 19, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1133 times:
As for the front claws, don't do it-like has been mentioned here, there are "guards" that can be placed over the claw to protect any furniture that the kittens decide they like.
BTW, neutering is for boys, and spaying is for girls. We got our kitten by way of her litter being dumped at the end of the summer. Our vet estimated that when we got her she was about 7-9 weeks old. When I asked when she could be spayed he said that when she is about ready to come into season the first time and that would be about 4 months. The funny thing is when I asked him how we would be sure that the time was near, he said there really wouldn't be any doubt, she would start howling as if she were looking for a mate. She did her first howling at about 3:00 A.M. Later that morning we called the vet, got things taken care of and she recovered very quickly, no problems at all. Good luck with your two babies.
Greg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
Both of mine are declawed. They were in and out of the vet in about two hours. They have a new process that actually glues the skin back together after the nails have been removed---no painful stitches.
Both animals were perfectly fine the next day--neither has exhibited any signs of discomfort or pain--even when using the litterbox
Yes, it does sound inhumane---but the procedure is fairly perfected--so it does not hurt the animals.
Saying it's the equivalent of amputating fingers is an overly dramatic comment by the ignorant.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13616 posts, RR: 63 Reply 22, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1091 times:
Don´t declaw them! And don´t trim their claws either! As they are very young you can train them to sharpend their claws in a "legal" area, like a piece of timber or tree trunk (pet shop sell this stuff), if necessary enforce it with a whack with a rolled up newspaper (not to strong though!), it is a bit like training them to use the cat box.
If they have an opportunity to get out in the garden, the claw sharpening will be a non issue anyway, because they sharpen them automatically when climbing trees etc.
Declawing is just cruel!
(I grew up with cats)
Wietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 56 Reply 23, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1087 times:
It all depends on the cat though.. we have 3 White Siamese females and they kind of refuse to sharpen their nails regularly, just because they consistently refuse to do what you want them to do. So we sometimes trim their nails, they dont mind, and it doesnt hurt them in any way.
SWA TPA From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1559 posts, RR: 36 Reply 24, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
I have two cats and the first one I got I had declawed.
The poor thing really seemed miserable for a few days after. I didnt realize what the procedure entailed and found it to be very cruel. I really felt bad after the fact.
My second kitty still has her claws as I promised to never declaw another cat. She is an indoor cat and we really have no problems with the claws. She was scratching the furniture but we bought a product called Sticky Paws. It's kinda like clear double sided strips of tape. She hates them! Problem solved. I also clip her nails on ocassion.
Dont declaw your kitties!
Also, on the neutering thing. Both my cats are from the Humane Society and they both came to me already done. The little girl was only 1.5lbs when I brought her home (runt of the litter) and she still had her stitches. They can do it pretty young. 4 months seems a little late to me.
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25 Gigneil: Saying it's the equivalent of amputating fingers is an overly dramatic comment by the ignorant. No, it isn't. The process is quite similar, both emplo
26 Mr Spaceman: Hi guys. >> Yhmfan, congrats!!! I have three cats. The brown tabby (REX), who's in my profile is 10 years old. My other two are 12 and 8 years old. Th
27 Greg: I've had plenty of cats....all declawed...never seemed to both them at all after a day or so... Not sure what all the fuss is about. Likely, you may n
28 EA CO AS: The cheaper a toy is, the more likely they are to play with it. My cat flies in the face of this - we've spent tons of money on toys for her, and her
29 MD11Engineer: Our cats were allowed to go outside and roaming around took care of their claws (they also needed them in case they had to defend their territory). Bo
30 Redngold: [Replying to the first post only, haven't read the rest] Hi. I've had cats and/or kittens non-stop for the last eight years. I currently own two full-
31 MD11Engineer: Redngold, Cats also have some smell glands on their forehead. This is why they like to rub their head on other cats, things or people. Common cat cour
32 767Lover: We had several cats throughout my childhood. All were declawed. All played outside. All caught mice, birds, etc., and climbed trees and houses with no
33 ScarletHarlot: Greg, I'm really disappointed in you. Yhmfan, do not declaw your cats! I just have the same to say as others on here, that's it's inhumane and unneces
34 Mr Spaceman: Hi guys. >> 767Lover, how the heck did your cats manage to climb trees without claws???? Did they use their teeth? Were the trees lying across the gro
35 Scootertrash: Just got two kittens? Congratulations, they ought to be delicious! I recommend them without the claws... Tend to catch in the throat. Scooter (not rea
36 Vaporlock: Scootertrash, your too funny!!!!!!!! Phyllis
37 Saigonhouston: I had 5 lovely cats. Yes, 5. They are adorable and loving. They are 4 years old and came from same mother cat. Do not declaws your cats. I trimmed my