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Be aware that the deed is done and the cat will be able to have a very normal existence.

There is nothing "normal" about an existence as an amputee. In fact, it is very difficult to adjust to life without fully-functioning limbs.
-L.
Sherry,You have a point regarding "plenty of cats get returned to shelters because of peeing inappropriately and biting," but what about the others that aren't returned. As you probably already know, individuals don't concur with the idea that declawing is any more inappropriate than neutering/spaying a cat. Some people declaw as a last resort, others declaw because they don't know any better, or don't want to spend the time trying to train the cat to use a scratching post.

Regardless of how malice the procedure may actually be, would you rather the cat be given to a shelter or the local humane society, with the intention to HOPE they can find the cat a home? I think this post (if it's not a troll) is the exception. The cat now has a home, not a cage in a shelter and a picture on a website with a description of age, temperament, and needs. Just be happy the cat has a home and is fed everyday.
And you know this how??

See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
Absolutely. We have lots of declawed cats in shelters here Emotion: sad guess declawing didn't give these kitties a forever home.
See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
For now at least.
not a cage in a shelter and a picture on a website with a
description of age, temperament, and needs. Just be happy the cat has a home and is fed everyday.

So you're saying it's ok to have the ends of a cat's toes amputated so he can have a home and be fed everyday? How is it that in many countries where declawing is not done that cats have homes and are fed everyday?

See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
Tell me, how does the cat exercise his back, shoulder and neck muscles without claws to grab into the post? Surely you must know.
See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
Tell me, how do you know that the cat won't be dumped if he starts avoiding the litterbox and/or starts biting? We have lots of declawed cats in our shelters where I live.

See my cats: http://community.webshots.com/album/56955940rWhxAe Raw Diet Info: http://www.holisticat.com/drjletter.html http://www.geocities.com/rawfeeders/ForCatsOnly.html Declawing Info: http://www.wholecat.com/articles/claws.htm
"Wendy" (Email Removed)
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.. I have heard of other cats >apparently doing fine after a declaw. The problem is >I've heard of declawed ... had with the poster >is apparently no effort was made to adjust the >scratching behavior before the :>kitty ended updeclawed.

Evidently, you and I (and a very large group of people who are informed about the issue) support the no-declaw position and believe of the horrific cruelty of the procedure. However, there is another very large group of people who do not yet believe or are unaware of the steps constituting a declaw and that is is perceived/it is cruel and inhumane. Both groups are cat lovers and both groups do much to improve the lives of strays, cats waiting for adoption, and/or family pets.
Unlike those who own show dogs or pedigreed pets where the breeds routinely promote/expect the ear cropping/tail bobbing. Logic would dictate the absurdity of this practice, ..you might think?!! Those who believe declaw is not dangerous or cruel may not know that it involves the amputation of a body part. Some - many may truly believe (if they think about it) that only the nail is removed.
Obviously, more education/promotion is recommended to get the word out. There are many people (who have good intentions) who post here with some unbelievable things. For example, a few days ago, someone wondered if it was cruel to "neuter" their 7 year old female cat. While the answer would seem to be obvious to a significant number of people - and perhaps viewed as a ridiculous question (the answer being...go ahead and spay your cat...prevent ovarian cancer...etc.), it's not obvious to us all.
As far, the cat (described above) who went through a declaw and came out with a toe that would never heal. Was that a botched job to blame on the veterinarian? If so..that issue should be covered. But, with that issue aside, the behavior of a cat who is going/went through a specific procedure, sickness or circumstance and comes out the other side a changed cat...maybe more factors that the procedure/sickness/circumstance might be involved...a secondary cause - joined with the primary cause - might be to blame.
As I have already indicated, I am not advocating the procedure. I am indicating that I am elated that the cat has a home, and is allegedly taken care of by the owner. It's not on the street and it's not waiting in cage at a shelter like the one you work in, or humane society to be adopted. Just because you have, "a lot" of declawed cats at your shelter doesn't indicate that this particular cat will end up in a shelter because of being declawed. There are a number of cats that adapt to the procedure and live a regular life. This may be the exception.
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