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The Ethical Differences between Declawing a Cat and Sterilising a Cat — 11 Comments

  1. Thank you for your help michael…the link that you sent me brought me right to the post about about puffy and tiger that i have been searching for….

  2. I’m glad you are still on poc .org…i haven’t posted anything in a couple of years but i still enjoy reading all the nice things that people have to say about cats…i would also like figure out how to look up some of my old comments ( posts) that i made back in 2013

    • Hi Kevin, nice to hear from you. You can most of your stuff by using the custom search box at the top of the page. Search for “kevin roache”.

      Click on this link for the result.

  3. I totally agree, Michael. I like to argue with the trolls sometimes. They’re so much fun to play with. If trolls post that cats are so nasty and they worship birds, naturally I’ll post links that show all the diseases wild birds can cause. I know they don’t like that. And I realize that I will never change their minds. They’re too far gone.

    But if we don’t say anything the trolls will think that they have won and that their insane arguments are okay. You’re right, trolls are a part of real life. They pop up in the most unexpected places. I think you’ve done a fine job managing this site.

  4. Well, Ralph (or Woody) is an idiot. He proves that conclusively each and every time he opens his mouth. And seeing as how he gleefully advocates killing cats I find his so-called concern for cat welfare to be hollow and totally fake. Sorry buddy, that guilt trip isn’t working. Maybe his feeble brain can come up with something else. And any cat lover who is stupid enough to listen to his tirades and follow his advice doesn’t need a cat. Do us all a favor and go out and get a stuffed animal instead.
    “Cat lovers” (and I use the term loosely) who declaw cats are lazy. They don’t want to take the time to train the cat or clip its claws, don’t want the expense of going our and getting the scratching post the cat prefers. They also don’t release that declawing is a money maker for vets. Declaw the cat and the cat has constant pain from it, they run back to the vet. They don’t realize that if a bit of the nail is left in there, chances are pretty good the nail will grow back. How do they react to that? Yep, they run back to the vet. Or they dump the cat at the nearest animal shelter because suddenly the feline is too much trouble. Declawing causes more problems than it solves.

    Samirah accidentally pulled out one of her claws last year. All the vet could do was give her painkillers and antibiotics. Some misguided idiots at work suggested that I get the other nine claws pulled. I laughed in their faces. If Samirah went berserk because of the one claw, can you imagine how she would have reacted with all ten pulled? And guess what? Later on that claw grew back. She has three scratching posts. And I still clip her claws down every 10 days.

    Spaying and neutering is entirely different. I know some men have problems with it. Well, get over it, fellas. That’s not your private parts anyway. There are a lot of myths associated with that procedure. No, the cat will not become fat and lazy unless you’re overfeeding. One myth that I wish were true is that a female cat will never have to deal with cancer after she’s fixed. That’s definitely not true. Angel was fixed before she was 6 months old and 9 years later she still developed and died from breast cancer. That happens more than people think. Samirah’s vet mentioned that they had two female cats who developed cancer even tho they were fixed. Sterilization is not a cure all, but it’s still a good idea for the reasons you mentioned in the article, Michael.

    • Serbella, Woody (aka Ralph) has commented a lot on this article and others but you’ll be pleased to know I trashed them all. I think he is riled. I think we have outdone this stupid troll.

      • I am VERY pleased, Michael! I go over to One Green Planet (where he used to heavily troll all the cat articles) and there hasn’t been a peep out of him in months. He’ll go onto the next cat-centric website and wear out his welcome. He’s done here.

        • Sometimes I feel we have to argue with them – engage them and tell them why they are wrong. One problem I have is that I sort of like an argument especially when I can win it (being an ex-solicitor) but a lot of people don’t like it. I also like reality and these trolls are a part of the real world. We can’t brush them under the carpet. But that said I am sensitive to the desires of regular visitors. I can be a little complicated.

  5. I’ll always will say those that declaw their cats should instead get a fish,they have no business getting a cat,just yesterday I had to delete and block someone for her ignorance,she said she has 2 adult cats whom she had declawed and then went on to say she had adopted 2 kittens and they too will be declawed because they are tearing up her furniture,hello,it’s wot kittens do if ye dont have a scratching post of carpet covered cat tree,with some people ye just cannot fix stupid.

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