1. Every “declawing is ONLY cruel” comment here has given me a great laugh. You all assume from your own opinion based on what you’ve see that declawing is “cruel” yet you fail to acknowledge any benefits whatsoever even if they are minor. The sheer negativity on this subject makes me sick to the stomach. EVERYTHING has pros and cons. Saying that there are no pros to declawing is a huge lie. It only proves that said bias people write comments to share their “wisdom” (stupidity) on the subject even if they know little to nothing whatsoever.

    • You obviously completely missed the point that declawing for non-therapeutic purposes has no pros for the cat. It is all cons. It is the mutilation of a cat at the convenience of the cat’s owner, no more and no less. That must be immoral and there’s no way you can argue against that point. Your mind is clearly completely closed to the possibility that declawing can be immoral and unethical. But as stated it must be when it is done for the convenience of the cat’s owner. It is not a question of being biased but a question of being open-minded and enlightened. It is not a question of wisdom but of common sense. To say that people who are against declawing know nothing whatsoever is obviously completely idiotic. The truth is that if you believe that declawing is alright to simply stop a cat scratching furniture then I have to say with complete honesty and candour that you are behaving in an immoral way.

    • Xander, are you aware that apart from in the U.S., Canada and some Middle Eastern states, vets in almost all other countries refuse to declaw because they do consider the procedure cruel and unnecessary?

      In fact, it was their refusal to even offer the procedure to clients which was the basis for most governments worldwide banning the procedure.

      The simple truth is that declawing is very financially lucrative for vets and that’s a strong incentive for them to continue offering a surgery which benefits only the owner (in terms of convenience) and the vet’s bank account.

  2. I swore I would never declaw another cat having declawed two. But when my Son died and I brought his two cats home I was not prepared. Three leather couches later I decided Barney had to be declawed. Keep in mind people this cat would have been dead..I did not choose him…I saved him

    • It’s sad you made it declaw or death, poor Barney, he was deliberately crippled for being a cat and doing what cats do.
      I hope you will watch him carefully for the physical and/or mental consequences of having his toe ends amputated.
      No point in saying any more because it’s too late but my heart aches for him, bereaved then mutilated for the sake of inanimate, replaceable furniture.
      You may have saved his life but at what great cost to him.

    • You swore never to declaw another cat, so you obviously know the devastating truth of declawing, but then under a bit of pressure from your couches you forgot your principles and had Barney’s toe ends amputated, so much for your oath. I’m extremely sorry for your bereavement but I am also extremely sorry for Barney who lost his home and now as a condition of living in your home has lost his toe ends, you could have better saved him by finding him a safe loving home where he wouldn’t have been subject to horrific surgery, that would have been kinder.

    • You did the right thing, even though people here will blast you for it. A cat values it’s life more than it’s claws. My cats are declawed, and absolutely nothing ill has come of it. You saved Barney’s life, just as I saved the lives of my cats. I’d make the same decision all over again, and I don’t feel the least bit bad.

      • Thanks for commenting even though I disagree with you. Declawing is obviously immoral. If you don’t realise that I feel sorry for you and the cats you had declawed.

        • My cats are the very last critters you should feel sorry for. They’re happy and content, comfortable and pampered, and are expected to live long, healthy lives. If you ever met them, you wouldn’t have the faintest clue that they were declawed, unless you asked, or actually looked for yourself. The ‘horrors’ of declawing are terribly, even laughably, exaggerated.

          • One can often tell just by looking, that a cat has been declawed. Their toes lack “plumpness” due to the loss of bone….not dissimilar to how people look without teeth and their lips lose their natural shape.

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