I Disagree With You On Declawing Cats
(Chicago, IL USA)
I’ve had four cats so far. One Siamese and three Bengal. All were declawed for one reason only and that was to save the furniture. My Siamese lived to be 18 yrs old. One Bengal lived to be 16 and another 15 yrs. Princess, my current cat is 12 yrs. old and healthy as a 6 yr. old.
Not one went outside the litter box because I’ve always kept it very clean. My cats have also not bitten anyone because I demand that people not tease them, etc. I tell them that as you can’t tease one of my children, you cannot tease any of my pets. My cats run and jump and are happy.
I’ll admit that if your cat goes out of the house, it should not be declawed. But as I don’t allow them to go out, I am their defense indoors and it is my responsibility to keep them safe.
They simply don’t need their front claws to defend themselves because there is nothing to defend themselves against. If a burglar comes in I won’t count on my cat to defend the household.
My cats haven’t fallen from any heights because I don’t let them out on window ledges or balcony railings. In short, I am a responsible pet owner.
My pets are happy and well cared for and I think all your talk about these vets doing criminal things is pure bilge. You’ve gone off the deep end and England is the same country to ban the American Pit Bull Terrier one of finest dogs in existence. What you don’t know about animals is a lot.
Hi James… thank you for visiting and having the courage to say what you think. It is appreciated.
The first argument that you make for declawing (and this is implied in your post) is that your cats have lived long lives.
I don’t think the length of life is an argument for or against declawing.
One of your biggest arguments for declawing is that they don’t need claws for defence as you defend them. The trouble with that argument is that cats have claws for many more reasons than as a defence and you have ignored these.
It is not “bilge” to say declawing is criminal. It is crimimal in the UK and if the law is applied in the USA properly I say it is criminal in the USA too. The problem is that no one applies the law properly in respect of declawing cats.
And you miss the main point. And you will always miss this point because you just won’t be able to understand this.
You have no right to “modify” a companion animal for the sake of your furniture. You are saying that your furniture is more important than your cat’s claws and accordingly mutilate your so called loved cat for the sake of furniture.
From the perspective of thoughtful people your views are incredibly shallow, selfish and thoughtless.
Shame on you James. Your cat companions are in the wrong place.