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I saw this in question in a newsgroup. I find the answers very interesting.


Does anyone have experience with clawed and declawed cats living together? I currently own two clawed cats and don't want to have them declawed. However, I'm planning to introduce a new cat to them who has already been declawed. Will the new cat be in any danger? What kind of risks are involved, for example if they are playing 'rough house' and someone gets batted a little too hard?


The following are posts that I have found on various forums and newsgroups, which only underscore my beliefs regarding declawed cats. I will add to them as I find more. And, sadly, there are always more......

"Well, if it's a choice between declawing the cat, taking the cat to a shelter or having the cat put down, it's best to have the cat declawed."

My belief is that declawing the cat isn't a guarantee of a lifetime home.

    two littermates, male,altered, front declawed, three years old...must go together. one is a gray tabby, one is black,gray and white spots....would you believe? neighbors want to get rid of them...they are getting new furniture..

    June 5, 1998

    Bay County Humane Soc. has a purebred Persian, 4 yrs. old, "Quincy" for adoption NOW. He is declawed and is smoke in color. He was an owner surrender. He is also neutered.

    This shelter euthanizes.

    Animal Welfare League has the following declawed cats available for adoption:

    - Cage C24 (PA#5285480) Muffin is a gray female with a white chest and tan accents. She is 4 years old, spayed, housebroken, and good with children. She is front declawed.

    -Cage C19 (PA#1619949) Max is a 5 year old DLH Siamese mix. He is male, neutered, housebroken, and good with kids. He was given up because his owner is moving. He has gorgeous blue eyes. He is front declawed.

    -Cage C5 (PA#6527575) Lucky is an orange and white male DSH. He is 1 year and 3 months old, neutered, housebroken, and good with children. He was given up because of his owner's allergies. He is all paw declawed.

    -Cage C39 (PA#6168199) Snowball is a 4 year old white cat with green eyes. She is spayed and housebroken. She was given up because she is incompatible with children. She is front declawed.

    Cage C21 (PA#6638593) Ace is a three year old, black neutered male. He is housebroken and good with children. He was found as a stray, and is all paw declawed.

    Posted on September 13, 1998 at 12:26:53:

    Hi, I have a stray cat who is the skinniest cat I have ever seen. The vet gave him IV fluids yesterday and he is eating well. He was so sweet and docile when found and at the vet but as soon as we got him home he has not left from under the bed in the spare bedroom. He will eat if you put the food under the bed. Is this just an adjustment period?? I am well versed in dogs and do have 4 cats of my own but unfortunately most of the strays that stay at our home are dogs.

    This poor guy is declawed already so he had a real tough time on his own out there on the streets. He has a large frame and is 1 to two yrs but only weighs 6 pounds. He is a long haired orange tabby?? I think and we named him Ontario after the city in which he was found.
    Take care

    Posted on October 25, 1998 at 08:06:04

    Then again, I just saw 3 adult cats with all four paws declawed in the surrender room at the shelter yesterday!

back to my two cents

"My cat was just fine the day after it was done."

    According to the September 1998 issue of Catnip, the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine Newsletter (where they do not perform *routine* declawing surgery), "The cat's feet remain bandaged for 1 to 3 days, during which time the cat usually stays at the veterinary clinic. It takes about 2 months for most adult cats to put their full weight on declawed paws (juveniles recover somewhat faster)."

    Posted by Linda on June 30, 1998 at 17:36:02:

    My kitten (almost a year old now) was declawed recently. It has been about two months ago and he seems to be suffering from some sort of depression or trauma. He mostly sleeps all day and will not play anymore. He walks very gingerly as if his pads were sore. But he was taken to the vet a couple of weeks ago and he said (even after running $40 worth of blood tests) that there was nothing physically wrong with him. This cat was very active and ornery before he had this surgery and such a dramatic change seems very odd. I realize that this was probably a sort of trauma, but I thought that he would have come out of it by now. We have given him all kinds of extra attention and treats as the vet suggested. He seems to be coming out of the behavior mode very slowly, Has anyone ever experienced this with their cat?

      Posted by Mary L on May 21, 1998 at 12:53:31:

      Carpet samples on the floor, scratching/climbing posts, hanging sisal covered boards, logs, and Cat Claws or Cat Couch cardboard scratching pads are all good options to try. Cats have different preferences for scratching, depending on their personalities. One of my cats is declawed, but I regret very much having done it. For years she has been bow-legged and pigeon-toed in her front legs. There just is not enough structure in her front feet to support her 10# body.

back to my two cents

"My declawed cat NEVER gets out of my house."

All it takes is one time.

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