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Do declawed cats allow you to touch their paws? — 14 Comments

  1. I have 2 cats, both de clawed and both let me touch their paws with no reaction. They are loving and affectionate. They both use the litter box and are playful. My older girl is about 8 and so she’s not as playful anymore but my 1 year old pounces and plays with us and the dogs. He loves his paws rubbed and purrs when we massage them so I don’t believe that declawing them was so bad. They are very loved, spoiled and well taken care of!

    • Thanks Angie. I am pleased that your cats are not in discomfort because of the declawing. It is a bonus. Of course it has to be said that (a) it does not mean that there are not many declawed cats who are in discomfort and (b) there is a moral issue about declawing which must be addressed.

  2. I fostered a 16-year-old cat with front declaws for a few months while she recovered from the extensive surgery she needed upon being dumped at our shelter (she had not seen a vet in almost a decade and had a horrific bone infection in her jaw as a result of no dental care). She had extreme arthritis in her front legs and dipped her head with each step she took, also standing at a noticeable incline when she was at rest. Her back feet, intact, were fine and she could jump up onto surfaces easily though jumping back down was much harder because of her front paws. Every time she lay down, she very slowly, very carefully tucked her paws underneath her body. She would NOT let me touch her front paws even after gaining her trust. So glad it is now banned in my province.

  3. I have both cats with claws and declawed cats,all rescues. None of my declawed cats act any differently than the intact cats in any way. I can touch all their paws and none seem to be in any pain at all. We have no litter box issues. I had 2 declawed cats that lived until 16 and 17 and never showed any signs of arthritis or pain either. I worked as a vet tech in cat-only clinics for 10 years and never once saw any botched declaws. Not one. Once all the vets I worked for switched to laser declaws, the post op pain was minimal as well. While none of my younger cats are declawed, I do not subscribe to the hype that it is cruel to declaw. Working in animal rescue now, most require cats not be declawed in their contracts, but honestly, it’s more cruel for cats to be euthanized never having a loving home because of such restrictions. Just my experience and my opinion.

    • Thanks for commenting but I strongly disagree. Firstly there are many botched declaws per The Paw Project. Secondly, there are many potential and actual complications. Thirdly, what about the moral aspect? You don’t touch on that. Why do humans have the moral right to chop off the toes at the last knuckle for their convenience? Why do we have the right to mutilate our cat companions? Why is it banned in 35 countries? Why is it a crime in the UK? Why do u believe this nonsense about declaw versus abandonment? That is a failed argument.

  4. When I met my cat she and about 15 others had been FOUR paw declawed, overbred and not fixed by a veterinarian who claimed to be trying to breed Ragdolls. Her uterus was stretched from having so many litters. Clearly he was delusional as none of the cats we took in at the shelter from his clinic were anything near Ragdolls. She is the sweetest baby ever. She does not seem to be in pain and allows me to touch her paws. One of her back paws has a tiny nail left. I am really careful to make sure she doesn’t get outside. I would have a heart attack if she got out. She does scrape her paws on the flat cardboard scratcher. We do not allow people to adopt if they plan to declaw. As for the vet – he passed away and I like to believe he may have been suffering from mental illness at the end since clearly what he did to these cats was abusive.

  5. I do have 2 cats at home and 8 at the farm. All have their claws ! They came in as straight and we fix them and here they go free on the farm and usually stay in one of the barn to depend of their personality and flexibility with other cats. All are happy and can run away from, danger by going up the trees in needed! I dont think cat lover take claws out only superficial people who dont understand the importance of the claws for a cat and more for an indoor/outdoor cat ! This should be ban anywhere !

  6. I rescued a gorgeous long hair tuxie boy from a bad outdoor situation. I drove to another state to pick him up. It was not until I got him home that I learned he was declawed. He WILL NOT under any circumstances let me touch his paws. He pulls them away. Also, he cannot play with things like feather teasers. He still makes biscuits and wants to sharpen his nails on cardboard.

  7. I declawed my cat when she was a baby. I didn’t know how bad it was back then I do now. She is my special someone and we have a great bond. She does let me touch her paws but she dosen’t like it all that much. I think she endures it to make me happy. There has to be a lot of trust for them to let you has the toe beans.

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