Actually, just one thing this morning.
I’ll never understand how someone can profess to love their cat, yet go in and have its feet electively mutilated via declawing.
You don’t purposely mutilate something that you love for your convenience, especially not something that doesn’t get a say in it and that trusts you to not, y’know, mutilate it.
If your cat does not have a severe paw injury or tumors in the area, declawing is cruel mutilation of a cat’s paws. Yes, that includes declawing a cat so someone with a suppressed immune system doesn’t get scratches: Don’t get a fucking cat if your immune system can’t cope. If you simply MUST have a declawed cat, adopt one that’s already been mutilated, don’t mutilate one that’s got its paws intact.
There is no excuse for declawing a cat. It’s actually illegal in many parts of the world (and in most of California) as cruelty; vets who perform it can be fined, jailed and shut down and owners who have it done to their cats can be fined or jailed as well as have their cat(s) taken from them.
It is not a “routine”, “safe” or “painless” procedure, it’s cutting off a cat’s toes at the first joint. ALL cats can be taught to use their claws appropriately, and simply because you’re too stupid or lazy to do that does not mean your cat should suffer. It’s akin to saying, “Well, my two year old is scratching people/things, time to cut his fingertips off so he can’t do that anymore!”
Sounds absurd and a bit cruel, doesn’t it?
Same thing applies to that common excuse for declawing a cat.
At the very best, I judge cat owners who elect to mutilate their cat in this way as ignorant; if they continue to defend or have declawing done even after knowing what it is and what it does to the cat, they are, in fact horrible people who don’t deserve cats.
Declawed cats also tend to be more prone to biting in defense as they’ve lost their claws, and are more likely to have aggression issues, litterbox issues (as it’s painful to step on litter and dig in it, especially right after surgery, and no ‘soft’ litter doesn’t help) and arthritis in the declawed feet later in life.
All for your “convenience”.
We’ve actually refused to go to clinics that recommend declawing and have removed our pets from clinics that start promoting it, while explaining to them exactly why they’re losing our business. I got kicked out of one clinic we used to go to for talking a woman out of mutilating her kitten and it was more than worth it to see her cancel that appointment, chat with me (outside the clinic) about how to clip claws and teach her kitten rather than mutilate it, and to see the pissed off look on the vet’s face as he lost a $250 “surgery”.
Have some links, and stop mutilating your cats and kittens:
Declawing is not something a loving, caring cat owner would ever consider doing to their pet.