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Declawed cats pee seven times more often outside litter box than non-declawed cats — 2 Comments

  1. Let me give a nuanced comment (but please don’t send me hate mail!) Long ago I was living in Boston & working on legislation to permit pet ownership in federally assisted housing for elderly and handicapped persons. After the law passed I placed a lovely rescue cat (appropriately named Lucky) with a gentleman who lived in such a 5th-story apartment. All was well until Lucky began to tear at the screened window & we were afraid that he would claw out the window & fall. Maybe we should have tried harder to retrain him, etc. or find other solutions, but declawing finally seemed necessary. I’m not writing to defend that but to explain what happened next.
    I took him to a famous & excellent animal hospital & maybe that made the difference. All I can say is that I picked him up afterwards & kept him with me overnight, then brought him to his home & monitored the situation for days, weeks & even months afterwards. Lucky never showed any problems, physical or behavioral, from being declawed, even right after the anesthesia wore off.
    I don’t think that man would have been able to keep him if this hadn’t been done, given what I now realize was our poor knowledge of alternatives.
    So what does this prove? Maybe nothing at all. I’m not writing to argue that declawing is justifiable — if ever there could be justification, it would be so rare as to be statistically insignificant. But I can attest to the fact that it can sometimes be done without traumatic after effects –I don’t know how rarely. And I later rescued & kept several other declawed cats (one dumped in a NY post office) that showed no problems. As I said, this probably proves nothing, but it offers a slightly different perspective (& please don’t hate me!)

    • We either grow as people or get mired in what we thought was OK or was acceptable years ago.
      When we had the same fear we invested in the new and wonderful pet safe screens and added hardware cloth as reinforcement.
      Thank you for taking in declawed cats. They’re often listed as having behavior issues at shelters.
      The only thing I will argue with you over is that it can sometimes be done without any traumatic after effects. Perhaps but that still doesn’t make it right or acceptable.

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