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I Am Against Cat Declawing

cat declawing is an inhumane surgery that permanently removes the claws and their connected bones away from the cat. It is painful and handicapping. 845 People

    My Mistake

    Several years ago I had my cat declawed because she was clawing on the furniture even though she had a scratching post. It was not until later that I was informed just what was involved in the actual procedure of declawing and I felt quite guilty for having subjected my own cat...
    neonshades neonshades 51-55, M 7 Responses Mar 11, 2010

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    When you take away a cat's claws you take away

    its means of survival. Sure it might seem reasonable if the cat is locked away inside, but what happens when it gets out? If the cat has no access to human food or cat food laid out for it it would have to hunt. It can't without its claws and would starve to death. You wouldn't...
    Harlequingal93 Harlequingal93 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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    I Find It Very Cruel

    My cat has all her claws.  I've had her since she was a kitten & now she is 13 years old.  I worked with her a lot to get her used to scratching on her scratching post, which she mostly does.  On the rare occasion she causes a problem, it's not a big deal since she hardly ever...
    Rainbowglow Rainbowglow 31-35, F May 7, 2011

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    Surgery

    When I was volunteering at a Veterinary clinic I had the privilege of witnessing a cat declawing surgery. The aspiring Vet inside me found the procedure interesting but it also made me very sad. I didn't realize how much they had to cut off before I saw it for myself. The Vet...
    naturefreak1 naturefreak1 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 26, 2013

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    Stop The Misery, Stop The Pain, Stop This Car Because I Have To Go Potty Really Bad

    Well I agree I'm totally against cat declawing, I think it's wrong then and I think it's wrong now. Put yourself in a cat's place and try to imagine the pain that they go through, so yeah you get the big picture. Let's end cat declawing and make a change for the cats of the world...
    JimMorrisonRocks JimMorrisonRocks 26-30, M Mar 6, 2013

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    I Had No Idea...

    When I was a teenager, we had our cat Baxter declawed. At the time, I didn't know how an onychectomy worked - I naively thought it was like clipping claws, but more permanent. What I did know was that Baxter was miserable. Usually a Joe Cool kind of guy who strutted around the...
    CaffeineAlchemist CaffeineAlchemist 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 6, 2011

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    Never Have Declawed Any Of My Cats

    I have never had this procedure done on any of the cats I've owned.  To me, it was logical that it would leave them defenseless and I would never want to do that.  The way I looked at it is if I didn't want them to claw the furniture, I'd spray a repellant on the...
    wordsforliving wordsforliving 46-50, F 2 Responses Aug 30, 2010

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    I am against cat declawing to the maximum.

    I think one of my main reasons is because I view it as the cat's self defense when it is outdoors. It has dogs to contend with and other predators such as us. More people than actual animals killing each other now in days, its more people killing every single thing out there. So...
    ultraterrestrial ultraterrestrial 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 19, 2014

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    I Wouldn't Want To Loose My Nails..

    it's a bit disturbing that one would choose to remove a growing part of a creature for the convience of the owner so that furniture etc are not damaged. I'm hoping that there is a method for cats to stop clawing for thigns for attention sake.
    RogerThompson RogerThompson 41-45, M Jan 10, 2011

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    I think declawing cats should be illegal.

    It's cruel. That's how they fight and protect themselves. And it's extremely painful for them. Imagine cutting off your fingers at the first knuckle behind your nail. That's what declaring is. And people do this regularly. I've never declawed ant cat I've ever owned and I...
    Shenron88 Shenron88 26-30, M 2 Responses Apr 25

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    I'm Against Cat Declawing

    I think cat declawing is inhumane  in other words mean.
    aquarius3 aquarius3 61-65 Jan 4, 2012

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    That's just mean. It's like taking away an

    important part of a person, like an organ.
    emelon12 emelon12 18-21, F 4 Responses May 30, 2014

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    Cats Should Have Claws

    When you think of cats.. one of the things you think of is they scratch. What is a cat without its claws? Don't even bother getting one if all you're going to do it declaw it, that's so cruel. And you say, "Well I have small children." Or "What about my furniture?" Simple answer...
    CuteInChaos CuteInChaos 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 26, 2011

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    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 16, 2011

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    Mean And Inhumane

    Cat declawing is mean and inhumane. How would you like the first joint of your fingers removed because someone did not approve of your fingernails? Cats can claw furniture but there are methods to prevent this. Plus is the cat is ever outside they have no real defense other...
    CrazyWaterSpring CrazyWaterSpring 51-55, M Sep 22, 2011

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    Against

    Every since a lad, I always loved cats.  In 1997, when I got my cat, I didn't know any better.  He was scratching our furniture and we decided to have him declawed.  I regret it at 100%.  Declawing is brutal.  I would never do it again.  (I...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 6 Responses May 8, 2010

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    Declawing is not only a painful experience,

    but because they can't defend themselves with claws, it increases their likelihood of biting when frightened/scared.
    findingfae findingfae 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 24

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    I just equate it to cutting off our fingernails.

    I don't know much about the process I admit but I always cringe when I hear that a cat is dewclawed. I could never do that to one of my cats. They don't even do anything with their claws. If they swipe at you they're trying to defend themselves because they're scared and you're...
    Plungeintoadream Plungeintoadream 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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    A Cat We Used To Take Care Of...

    A long time ago, we used to take care of cats that were strays and probably dumped where we lived. There was this one that was grey and was nervous at first. She was declawed in the front, so she couldn't defend herself. Instead, she would bite if she needed to do so, so I ended...
    animallover110293 animallover110293 18-21, F May 17, 2013

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    How would you feel is someone took your nails off? Thought so.
    LikeAPrayer LikeAPrayer 18-21, F Nov 28, 2013

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    One Word - Unnecessary

    All for the sake of convenience, to take away something that belongs to an animal, any animal is just downright wrong. Its not our right to take away the right of animal.
    bubblegum84 bubblegum84 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 3, 2010

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    I Found A Great Solution To Declawing

    I have always been against declawing, but it was very irritating to how much my cats scratched my leather sofas, I found a website online and i decided to try out their product, softclaws. Once they arrived, my cats got used to them very quickly and my sofa's have been great...
    germaineo germaineo 31-35 2 Responses Dec 29, 2010

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    What Is Actually Done

    I've had cats for most of my life and I've never had to or even felt it nescerry to declaw any cat. All you have to do is trim your cats nails on a regular basis and teach your cat where in can and cant go. What most people dont know is what declawing actually is... because of...
    muffinmeister muffinmeister 26-30 1 Response Dec 10, 2010

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    My cat is not declawed

    nor neutered, I believe that stripping an animal of his organs is cruel and inhumane. Sure, my couch is scratched to shreds, but at least he has a way to defend himself. And contrary to what the vet says, training him to stop spraying is a piece of cake.
    theWonderingOne theWonderingOne 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 29, 2014

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    Keep The Claws

    cat declawing is so cruel and completely unnatural. scratching is part of a cat's' natural instincts. how would humans like to be de-fingernailed? sound like fun? my cousin had both of her cats declawed so they wouldn't ruin her precious furniture, and she thinks the whole...
    runnagirrl runnagirrl 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 19, 2010

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    I have 5 cats, none are declawed,

    they are indoor/outdoor, to me it is a cruelty.
    coloco coloco 61-65, M 4 Responses Mar 23

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    Title Here...

    When I was seven-ish, I cried because my parents had our cat declawed. Over a decade later, I still agree with my seven year old self. It's cruel to declaw cats.
    Rennn Rennn 18-21, M Nov 21, 2012

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    No Story, I Have Never Done This, But

    I think is sucks, it would be like taking your fingers off.
    coloco coloco 61-65, M 1 Response Jun 11, 2010

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    I Learned The Hard Way

    I received a Siamese cat as a gift once and unfortunately she was de-clawed when I received her. She was an indoor cat- had never even been outside- but one day a guest who didn't know any better let her out of the house. We looked everywhere for her and finally found her...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 11, 2010

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    Couldn't Watch

    A friend of mine had her cat declawed and I have never seen such a sad, shocked, outraged kitty in my life. She cried for WEEKS. I'm amazed Vets do this to cats. Most people do this to save their furniture. I just believe it you decide to have cats, buy furniture that is not...
    Jilly111 Jilly111 46-50, F Jun 18, 2011

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    Sometimes It'S Tempting.

    Sometimes a declawed cat sounds like it'd be a healthier situation for me at least. I can't tell you how many scars, scratches and cuts my body has endured. Particularly with my newest addition. Pretty much whenever I'm sleeping he is either climbing my face or drooling on my...
    LamaTwo LamaTwo 22-25, M Sep 27, 2013

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    Behind The Scenes

    I worked at the vet for many years and my heart broke everytime someone had their cats declawed.  I mostly wish they could be there when that poor animal woke up from the aneasthetic and the pain hit them.  It is cruel and I could never understand what kind of person...
    AriesRSA AriesRSA 51-55, F 1 Response Mar 11, 2010

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    I Wouldn'T Have A Cat Otherwise

    I have hsd several cats over my life and I love them all. My children and friends all have cats. They areall declawed and have no problems. Our last cat lived 16 years and our current cat has been with us 16 years and was a stray when we found him. He is healthy and happy. He...
    ray1961 ray1961 70+, M 1 Response Apr 16, 2013

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    It's Illegal

    mutilate v. Destroy or injure severely [syn: maim, mangle, disfigure, cut up] (mutilation n.) maim v. Injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation To 'declaw' a cat is to have the first knuckle and the associated tendons of each of its toes...
    lipbloss lipbloss 36-40, F 6 Responses Feb 5, 2011

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    Who the **** are you to take your cats defenses

    away from it? Unless it is strictly a house cat you have no reason to declaw it. "Oh well it scratches the furniture when its inside boo hoo hoo" buy a damn scratching post. If you can afford to declaw your cat you can afford a scratching post.
    TheAnonymousTroll TheAnonymousTroll 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 20, 2014

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    There are many bad things about cat declawing

    and I am totally against this sort of abuse. Cats and humans have hand/paw characteristics that are very alike- three joints. Our last joint, with the fingernail that grows out of the skin, is slightly different from the cat. The cat's "nail" actually grows straight out of bone...
    dogsandwolves dogsandwolves 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 30, 2014

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