(Nevada City, CA)
We recently acquired a Maine Coon cat from the previous owners who had to move and could not take him.
Never have I met a friendlier or more loving cat than him. But I digress.
The previous owners had him declawed at some point, I don’t know when.
He hates having his feet touched, although he does get cuts on his feet obsessionally, and those need tending.
His feet are misshapen from the surgery, but he seems to be okay from it.
He can’t climb trees, get on the roof, or defend himself, but he seems to do fine as an outside cat.
Actually, he’s quite unafraid of most things, and any other cat that challenges him, he just keeps on walking forward.
I had a problem with a neighbor’s cat attacking my other cat, and this guy, when we got him, decided to simply walk, with the other cat running in fear, until the other cat was yowling at his house to get back in. Never had a problem again.
However, due to what I imagine causes discomfort, he is hesitant to bury his waste in the litterbox. He no problem using it, but he will not bury it and it is the kind of foul smell that wakes the dead and strips paint from the walls!
I wish I was joking – the smell is so foul, it will wake you up from a deep sleep, gagging, and trying to just get to fresh air before you revisit your last meal.
Unpleasant, but maybe one of those auto-scoop boxes will help?
I’m against declawing, although I will admit there may be some occasion where it may be necessary, in which case, there should be some better method.
I just thought I’d share the story of my cat.