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Posted: 5/10/2012 10:27:25 AM

i have had my box for a few months now and she is not declawed. i dont know if i want to get her delcawed because her claws are a means of self defense. granted shes a house box, but still. she uses her claws to protect herself. but she is wreaking havoc on me and my home.

 

what should i do?

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Posted: 5/10/2012 10:34:42 AM
get a dog
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Posted: 5/10/2012 10:37:43 AM

i have a pooch. but i like cats because they just dont give a darn about anything. if  you yell at a dog and he runs in the corner and puts his tail between his legs. if you yell at a cat it basically tells you to go darn yourself. funny thing is the dog is scared of the cat.

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Posted: 5/10/2012 10:54:01 AM

That's why I think dogs are better.

More personality.

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Posted: 5/10/2012 11:00:07 AM
Cats have personality, they just show it differenlty than dogs. Actually I wouldn't call it personality, just characteristics.
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Posted: 5/10/2012 11:06:57 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by drunkskunk:

i have a pooch. but i like cats because they just dont give a darn about anything. if  you yell at a dog and he runs in the corner and puts his tail between his legs. if you yell at a cat it basically tells you to go darn yourself. funny thing is the dog is scared of the cat.

this is funny sh*t because its true. was forced to keep a cat back in the day. that thing was pretty cool for a f*ckin cat. and ive never liked cats. damn thing had personality too.

declaw that b*tch for you and your home, mine was a house cat. the cat will b soar for a week or 2 with bandages. and it will be confused as sh*t when trying to scratch a post or furniture without its claws at first. but after a lil bit the furry b*tch will b the same as it was and still scratch things as if it still had the claws as cats need to do that sh*t. i had a scratching post after the declawing and the damn thing used it constantly.

most cats suck. i guess i got lucky. but ill never have one again. hairy b*tch killed my allergies. damn thing ended up getting a severe kidney stone problem at 8 yrs old and i was forced to put it down. it is a common thing with cats.

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Posted: 5/10/2012 11:24:48 AM
Buy the cat a scratching post and spray the cat with a water pistol when it claws the furniture.

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Posted: 5/10/2012 11:58:31 AM
QUOTE Originally Posted by drunkskunk:

i have a pooch. but i like cats because they just dont give a darn about anything. if  you yell at a dog and he runs in the corner and puts his tail between his legs. if you yell at a cat it basically tells you to go darn yourself. funny thing is the dog is scared of the cat.

Sounds like your dog is the "house box"

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Posted: 5/10/2012 12:11:18 PM
I had a cat that would scratch the drywall and anything that she could, I didnt want to de-claw but it was the only option.

Declawing is like taking off you finger to the knuckle, it is severe and traumatic. 

Our cat was different for a very long time and for a good reason, its a serious surgery.

She eventually got over the pain and used to not having her full feet to walk on and did fine.


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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:22:30 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Johnzimbo34:

Sounds like your dog is the "house box"

its an italian greyhound/boxer mix...very, very timid
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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:24:54 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by wallstreetcappers:

I had a cat that would scratch the drywall and anything that she could, I didnt want to de-claw but it was the only option.

Declawing is like taking off you finger to the knuckle, it is severe and traumatic. 

Our cat was different for a very long time and for a good reason, its a serious surgery.

She eventually got over the pain and used to not having her full feet to walk on and did fine.


i would not want to deprive her of her primary defense mechanism. seems kinda crule. granted it is a house cat but what if she needs to denfend herself?

and i understand what u mean about the severity of the surgery.

its also not cheap

 

 

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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:31:54 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by wallstreetcappers:

I had a cat that would scratch the drywall and anything that she could, I didnt want to de-claw but it was the only option.

Declawing is like taking off you finger to the knuckle, it is severe and traumatic. 

Our cat was different for a very long time and for a good reason, its a serious surgery.

She eventually got over the pain and used to not having her full feet to walk on and did fine.


I know it's not the most fun for the cat, but it's a small price to pay to have a great home for their entire life.  We got our most recent cat a few years ago and it was only about $150 for the surgery.  He stayed overnight so he could be on pain meds and we had to use special litter for a week.  That's it.  He was back to normal in no time.  
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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:35:31 PM
And my gal had a cat who was 6 years old when we met.  She lived until almost 14.  The only time she went outside was on the leash on a clean concrete sidewalk (so she could roll around and scratch herself). We would also let her out on a clean deck so she could lay in the sun. But that was on the 2nd story....there was no chance she would have ever jumped.  

No need for front claws if they are a house cat.  
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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:55:33 PM
No need for house cats to have claws.  We had one who lived for 14 years....never a problem.  The only thing she did would be roll around on the front sidewalk to scratch herself or sit for hours in the sun on our deck.  
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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:58:19 PM
over/under number of cats owned by hutch:  6
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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:59:13 PM
What bothers me is those organizations who won't let you adopt from them if you want to de-claw.  Maybe it's just me, but I would guess the cat prefers a little discomfort and a great home for life over being euthanized.  
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Posted: 5/10/2012 1:59:44 PM

Learn to trim your cats claws with high quality snips.. Hard at first but then they eventually stop resisting and go with it. Very simple.

Declawing is brutal and should be the absolute last resort imo.

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Posted: 5/10/2012 2:05:08 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by ClubDirt:

over/under number of cats owned by hutch:  6

1.  But we have been looking at getting another.  

And even with our guy being de-clawed, he basically has destroyed our wood furniture (coffee table, end tables, and dinging room table) with his back claws alone.  
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Posted: 5/10/2012 2:18:37 PM
1?  garbage, i have more than you. 
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Posted: 5/10/2012 7:45:39 PM
Don't get her declawed. Like you said it's her only self-defense. I have 3 cats are won't get any of them declawed. You just have to cut her nails on a regular basis, or have a pet groomer do it.
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Posted: 5/10/2012 7:46:46 PM
Get her a scratching post....and a cat furniture. They are great pets.
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Posted: 5/10/2012 8:00:36 PM
What the darn is she defending herself from in the house?
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Posted: 5/10/2012 8:05:10 PM

Cat's mark territory (lleaving a scent) with their claws, it isn't just a random destructive act. There's a dog in the house and she/he is setting territory. It'll pass.

Meantime snip just the tips of the cat's nails routinely. No further than the sharp tips or you are getting into blood vessels and real trouble. Learn how to do it. Declawing is outrageous cruelty.

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Posted: 5/10/2012 10:33:43 PM
The tough thing is removing claws is akin to taking off your finger at the knuckle..its pretty bad news.

We had to with ours because she was literally digging out the drywall, the couch, every and anything.

We are a feline household too, I've had cats ever since I was born.
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Posted: 5/10/2012 11:09:18 PM
They have caps you can put over their claws..............
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