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When did declawing cats go out of style?

Posted by phish (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 22, 11 at 8:31

We found a stray and can't find her owners so we have brought her into our house as a new permanent pet. The humane society guesses, based on her teeth and eyes, that she is 7-10. She is declawed. It seems to me that declawing has been out of style for a while now. Does anyone know when that became less popular? (that might help me narrow in on her age)


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RE: When did declawing cats go out of style?

Well, I've had cats for over 20 years and have always thought de-clawing was inhumane. Mutilating animals has never been in style in my mind.

Sorry that doesn't help answer your question though since she's only 7 - 10 ...


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RE: When did declawing cats go out of style?

Well unfortunately there's still enough people for whom it hasn't gone out of style - so I don't think that would be a reliable way to judge a cat's age. I would guess though that its been in the last 5-7 years that people have begun to be more aware and informed about the bad effects it can have on a cat - pain, behavior problems, biting, avoiding litter box because cat learns to associate box with pain, etc.). And the alternatives are more well known now (scratching post, regular nail trim, "soft-paws," etc.)

Congrats on your new kitty/family member- she is luck to have found you!!


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RE: When did declawing cats go out of style?

Not an expert by any means, but isn't declawing kinda like cutting off the first knuckle of your fingers?? Have only been a cat person for about 3 years and luckily inappropriate scratching has not been a big problem with June.


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RE: When did declawing cats go out of style?

My friends routinely claw any cats they get. I tried to talk one out of it, but she was worried about her furniture.

The cat never showed any inclination to scratch the furniture, and she didn't even give it a chance with a cat condo.

Yes, klseiverg, it is an amputation of the tips of the toes. That's what they should call it.


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RE: When did declawing cats go out of style?

It's more like amputation of the first finger joint - cats use their paws/claws a lot like hands.


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RE: When did declawing cats go out of style?

I'm not sure when it became taboo but vets seem to be able to estimate their age reasonably accurately based on other factors.

I will add that I've adopted several declawed cats and they had absolutely no problems of any kind. I have also had cats that weren't declawed that did do significant damage to carpet and woodwork - in spite of a variety of efforts to prevent that.

I hate the idea of declawing as much as anyone else but I would have a hard time with a cat that damaged things with its claws. Hence I seek out the already declawed cats. I also do that because I know then they WILL be kept indoors where declawed cats belong.

I think a lot worse things are happening to many cats other than declawing. If you equate declawing to human amputation, I can personally attest that there are many things much worse than that, having experienced it myself.


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