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post #11 of 19 Old 06-27-2013, 02:43 PM
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I'm not really sure what living in an apartment has to do with having to declaw. I have two cats, lived in an apartment for 8 years with them, and never considered declawing. I just trim their claws on a regular basis.

There are a number of products out there to discourage cats from scratching where they shouldn't and can help the cat realize that the scratching post is the only acceptable place to do so. If it continues to be a problem and the cat is adapting well to being an indoor cat, there is a surgery that cuts the ligament that allows them to extend the claws which is considered more humane than traditional declawing. The claws are still there, but the cat can't flex them out.

Depending on the cat's personality, it may or may not take to being inside very well. There are a couple cats at my barn that I think would be quite happy inside, and others that I know would absolutely hate it.
There are many apartment complexes that will not allow you to have a cat unless it's declawed.
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Sometimes, Golden, sometimes....you have a way of testing our cranial capacity.

Good, because this tested mine, and it is nice to see how others view it.

So now my view:

I hate and detest the thought of declawing, it is not done in the UK, never heard of it until I came here, and it just sounds awful. The thought of doing it to an adult cat who has lived outside all its life well I just couldn't.

I also have concerns about apartment life, and did have to laugh when I was told off for comparing apartment life to a prison cell, but to the cat that is what it may feel like. I am sad that she has chosen to take the cat, take it to the vet and get all the work done, then see how it settles down.

Some people think I'm cruel because I think that possibly the cat would be better being euthed than living in misery. She may adapt well to home life, here is my barn cat, brought in as a kitten



Looks unhappy doesn't she? But she was a kitten, she still has her claws, and has free access indoors and out.
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I'm not a cat lover....or even liker......however I think taking the cat to the vet and declawing it THEN taking it to her apartment and SEEING how the cat does is just backwards. This is when someone thinks they're doing the right thing when they're probably doing more harm then good.

I don't wish any creature pain or discomfort physically or mentally.......but cats have to be the most dramatic critters out there.
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cats have to be the most dramatic critters out there.
More dramatic than an arab noticing that you moved a rock alongside teh driveway 2" to one side.

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More dramatic than an arab noticing that you moved a rock alongside teh driveway 2" to one side.

Yes! LOL!

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Yes! LOL!

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mmmm where have I seen that said before, looks all around
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There are many apartment complexes that will not allow you to have a cat unless it's declawed.
I didn't realize that was a thing... I've lived in multiple complexes across 3 states in the time that I've had my cats and never had one require declawing
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I didn't realize that was a thing... I've lived in multiple complexes across 3 states in the time that I've had my cats and never had one require declawing
Lucky lucky!

Last year at school I set out finding an apartment for me and my two roommates that I could bring my cat to. ONE of them - out of the dozens and dozens that I looked at - would allow him. Was he declawed, I would have had a few more options - but so many of them were 'cat friendly, cat must be neutered and declawed.' And I am not going to declaw my cat.

We found the one guy willing to rent us half of a duplex and bring in whatever animals. I'm very happy with it, needless to say.
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To save the cat's life from certain unpleasant death, she should take the cat. But, instead of declawing she should either do trim jobs or get those little plastic/rubber ends put on the tips of the claws. Spaying, yes, please.
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Some other options would be to take in the cat and use SoftClaws instead of declawing.

Another would be to simply find a different barn for it to reside at. I know a lot of people dislike barn cats - but plenty of people like them and encourage them, my own barn being one of them. We've got a litter box, a bunch of cat food bowls and beds for our barn cats in the tack room where Clem is boarded. The cats are valued as companions and mousers.
I agree with this. They have the nail caps, and I often trim my cat's nails. He's still got them but it's harder for him to mess up my stuff. Eheheheh.

Also, she may be able to rehome the cat as a barn cat. Find someone with a barn or something that would willing to house the cat. Offer to have the cat spayed. Win win for everyone.
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