Friday, June 26, 2009

To Declaw or Not to Declaw?

I am trying to figure out if I should declaw the new kitten. It will be a house cat, so it won't need claws. The process sounds really painful, but my previous kitty did ruin the furniture a few times.

Any thoughts?


  1. it's a tough one, janna. definitely 2 sides on this one. our indoor only cats are declawed and they've adjusted well to it. and my bedding and furniture has survived. photos of the new kitten please! (did you already get her?)

  2. We have an indoor cat, and we had her front claws declawed.

    Here's why.

    We have a pug. They have those huge, bulging eyes. From the second we brought Preppy Kitten home, she and Preppy Pug were best of friends...this including wrestling and chasing.

    We, along with our vet, decided the best bet was to declaw her while she was under for her spaying. In the long run it probably saved Preppy Pug an eye injury, and Preppy Kitten was fine the next day.

  3. We have had 2 indoor-only cats and got them both declawed when they were being spayed. They seemed totally unphased by it. I think it's a good idea if the cat won't be needing their claws for protection or climbing (outdoors).

  4. A very hard decision but I have to agree with what's been said. Have her declawed while she's getting spayed. I wish I had done that with my cat, he destroyed our leather couch. When I get another kitty I will at least be declawing the front paws.

  5. I have always had indoor cats..years ago one of my cats (was declawed front only)got out of the house..She was the adventerous type..well she was mauled by a Dobi..I have never had a cat declawed again..There is always a chance they get out and with out claws they are defenceless..

  6. Sorry I don't have any clue about keeping a cat but I do wish to see some photos of your little new friend! :D