Love your cats, don’t declaw

Written by Jenny Wu
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  1. Ongaku says:

    I completely agree with you on this. It makes me so mad and my father and step mother are two people who piss me off to no ends. They do not deserve to have any animals. They feed their dogs harmful human foods – like chocolate! and they always get their cats declawed even after I told them all about how horrible a thing it was. I don’t even get why they have pets because they are never home! It’s like WTF. ARG! You got me all heated on this. LOL

  2. Liz says:

    My mom wanted to get her cat(s) declawed at one point, but…we’ve lived on farms, and like with placing a collar on a cat, declawing them only means they’ll not be able to climb trees and/or defend themselves against predators—I mean, really, when they claw things, it’s not to destroy something, but to sharpen their claws or to, well, stim. (Look up Asperger’s cats for the reference.) Cats can be trained to scratch other things…and people can always buy a doormat (like those rope or carpet ones) for their cats if they don’t want to invest in a scratching post.

    I mean, they cost a lot more than getting cats declawed, and…well, when you live on a farm and see various ways animals need to defend themselves—like cats against coyotes—the idea of declawing any cat just feels so…selfish. :/

    There are these claw guards that can be bought at most pet stores that are rubber-like plastic and slide onto cats’ paws. They’re available in many colors and work well for temporary use; I’d never suggest them for permanent use, because they do fall off, and if your cat eats it, well >.&ltl

    I don’t think I could watch the movie you two watched on Netflix, but…I never knew that the declawing process consisted of basically removing the cat’s toes. I always only imagined it being a process of removing fingernails or toenails, and…that’s a repulsively painful process to endure, so I didn’t understand why anyone would want to put an innocent animal through it. :(

    • Jenny Wu says:

      Oh my goodness, I can’t even begin to imagine what could happen to an outdoor cat without its claws! D: It sounds like your mom eventually decided against it (I hope?), so that’s always good.
      The Paw Project isn’t as gruesome as it sounds, I don’t think there were too many graphic scenes. But it can be a rude awakening, especially when you don’t know what declawing actually is. Honestl;y they should just call the process deboning instead…maybe then people will realize how bad it is :(

  3. Cassie says:

    I got my cat declawed :'( I had no idea!


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    • Jenny Wu says:

      Oh no Cassie :( I hope your kitty is doing alright! I can totally understand owners not fully understanding what declawing is, but I can’t believe the vet didn’t provide any additional information!! That’s very messed up, and I hope you’ll find a better vet that cares more about your cat than about making money. *hugs*

  4. Alice says:

    Oh gahd. Geebuz. I never agreed with declawing either. I may not own a cat (I have a dog but whatever, that’s not the point) but I agree that declawing is like…stripping cats off their natural traits, if that makes sense. I’m not sure what words to use other than “natural traits” but you get me. It’s what makes cats cats so declawing them sounds like a horrible violation to me. Ugh, I never watched videos regarding declawing because I don’t have the nerve to watch it; it’s like that one time where I, out of curiosity, watched how people killed sharks just for their fins. augh, horrible. no way.

    I actually watched a video on youtube the other day about how cats express their love to their owners. one of them includes clawing the owner’s leather couch so as to claim ownership or so it was said. that makes me think that maybe that’s how cats “communicate” to us. nevertheless, i wonder why can’t owners just discipline their cats or something instead of ripping away what they’re naturally born with. i pity the cats whose owners decided it’s totally fine to declaw them. sigh, poor fluffballs :(

    • Jenny Wu says:

      Exactly how I feel! It’s very selfish of people to only want the “good” traits of a cat but none of the “bad”. To me that’s the same as removing a dog’s teeth for chewing, but for some reason it’s ok when you mutilate a cat :(

      Cats do express their love in very subtle ways, and judging from the state of my leather couch, I’m happy to report that both my babies love me very much ^_^

  5. Liv says:

    I remember witnessing my friend declawing her cat because it didn’t hurt him. He hid the discomfort or what ever it was he felt. I don’t have cats but wasn’t until I was reading an information pamphlet on why you should not keep big cats as pets that I learned what it actually is. Cats’ claws are not nails, they are bones! Poor things. :(

    Thanks for raising awareness! :)

    • Jenny Wu says:

      Oh that’s terrible :( I can’t believe the vet didn’t offer your friend any alternatives or training methods, but just agreed to declaw. I hope your friend’s cat is doing ok! Some cats do manage to live a “normal” life after being declawed, but it’s just so unnecessary in my opinion.

  6. Cat says:

    Eep, the thought of the last joints being amputated like that makes me cringe. It’s really unfortunate that the US doesn’t ban declawing like many other countries have. I feel like people who declaw their cats don’t realize what it actually means. Plus, let cats be cats! If they aren’t prepared for cats scratching up things and making an effort to train them to stop, then they probably shouldn’t even have a cat.

    • Jenny Wu says:

      I agree, that’s why I really wanted to raise some awareness with this post – even if it means just educating one owner, that’s good enough for me!

  7. Mina says:

    This is so heartbreaking, I’m a 100% with you on this. If they can’t stand the scratching they shouldn’t get a cat in the first place. Declawing is cruel and should be illegal.

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