Two dogs played tug of war with declawed cat
by Rochelle Segle
I have several cats in my house. In the county that I live in there is no place that will take a cat. No shelters, rescue sites or anything. So when someone decides that they have a litter of kittens that they don’t want or a cat they don’t want they just take it out and dump it somewhere. Of course that is where I step in. If I find them or someone that knows me finds them they end up at my house.
With that said I have encountered many things with regards to cat/kittens. The one that bothers me the most is when one of these babies gets a claw caught on something, (curtain, bed spread, etc. etc.) The cries of pain and fear are enough to make your heart stop. That being said, I would NEVER declaw any of my cats. (short of medical emergency).
Once a month I take a day when I sit on my couch with a small pair of regular toenail clippers, and trim all the cats nails. Just a simple clip of the hook (front paws only) and no more getting snagged on things.
I had to have back surgery not long ago and I have one kitten in particular that is VERY needy to being held. I knew I would not be able to pick him up for a while after surgery so I taught him to climb up my leg so I could hold him.
Well one day, right after I had clipped nails, he came to me wanting to be held so I patted my leg to let him know to climb up and found he was not able to climb well because of the nail trimming.
So for those of you that don’t see anything wrong with declawing your feline friends, if they would get outside they will NOT be able climb a tree to escape an attack. I know someone that had their cat declawed vowing that it would NEVER go outside.
Needless to say one day he managed to slip out the door and run. Later that afternoon she heard a lot of noise outside and to her surprise when she looked out, there were 2 dogs playing tug o war with her cat. She wasn’t in very good spirits when she had to bury the 2 halves of her cat. He didn’t have a chance. I was particularly upset about this because he was one of the first rescues that I had found a home for.
Hi Rochelle.. thanks for a powerful article. And well done for saving lives. I changed the title. I hope you don’t mind. It is taken from your text and it conjures up a horrible and powerful image that might deter some people from declawing their cats.
Read a much earlier article by me (3 years ago) in which I recite two fictional stories based on true events (to protect the person) in which cats have been killed because they are defenseless when declawed: Declaw Cats