How soon to de-claw?

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  1. crater

    crater NRA Member

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    I have a kitten about 11 weeks old and I was wondering about what age was a good time to have her de-clawed?

    Also, any pro's or con's to having this done?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Str8shootr

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    I think the younger the better. There are different methods of declawing, some less destructive than others.....be sure to discuss with your vet. De-clawing has with some pet owners, become a moral issue.

    Be aware that if you do declaw, the cat's paw will not look normal, but will be kind of "floppy."


    I have had declawed cats, and cat's that weren't declawed, whose claws I trimmed reglarly. It depends on you and how you feel about it. My current pet has no front claws, and I am wishing I had his rear ones done. He is a 20 pound Maine Coon and his "jumping off" things has really caused major scratches on everything. He will not allow me to trim his rear claws, he will tear me apart with them before I even get started.

    I had no moral issue with it. When I asked my vet about it, he said he had 3 cats, all declawed. He told me he loves his pets like they are his children, but he also likes his furniture.
     

  3. denfoote

    denfoote MENACE

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    I'm against de-clawing!!!

    My cat got out and ran away!! If we had de-clawed him, he would have been defenseless, kinda like the gun control in NYC!!! ;P
     
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    Would you want someone taking away your weapons?
     
  6. S2nd

    S2nd One happy cat

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    You might also consider soft paws. Declawing is akin to removing the last digit on your hands.
     
  7. crater

    crater NRA Member

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    Thanks for all the replies. I decided to give the clipping thing a chance last night, and the cat did not seem to mind at all. Could only do the front, but I will try to rear later, after she get's used to having the front done.

    Thanks again...
     
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    S2nd One happy cat

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    So long as you don't hit the quick, she shouldn't have problems with that. I saw on an animal show that some people cut only a few nails at a time, to keep kitty from freaking out.
     
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    I used to clip my cats nails when he was younger but I don't need to anymore.
     
  10. costanza187

    costanza187 I like Macs

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    I am against de-clawing too.