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Should I declaw my cat? Answered by Samantha

May 4th, 2001, 08:01 PM

I've recently rescued a 8 month old cat from a local shelter
and will be spaying her in the near future but I'm still undecided about the
declawing - I want to make an informed decision and I've heard pro's and
con's about this. I want to do what is right for the cat, but she is very
difficult when I try to clip her nails, help... Mary


Hi Mary,

Ultimately this is difficult personal decision, and you've already heard the pros and cons.

When you declaw a cat, it is permanent.

Our suggestion is to always try every last resort before declawing a cat.

Some things you can try include;

Food treats while clipping general,try to make the experience pleasant for the animal.

You can try cutting a few nails while he's sleeping deeply...try to do a few at a time at him before you start...reassure him...

Try putting out many scratch posts or pads to keep him scratching regularly.

Of course you can always call an animal trainer or behaviorist, (ask your vet for a recommendation)

With 2 people, it's quite easy to clip a difficult cat's nails. One person holds the cat in a special position (Ask your vet for a demo!!) while the other clips the nails.

Or if after you've tried several solutions, he's really too difficult and you can afford it.... just bring the pet into a pet grooming shop once every 3 weeks to 1 month, they'll clip nails for about 10-20 dollars.

Hope that helps,

Cat owner and breeder for over 20 years