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I think you need to re-read your posts. You certainly indicate that declawing a cat is better than having them in a cage. I think you don't read what you are writing.

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Kalyahna,
You may be the exception. I know that for many shelters it is a fire code violation and a health violation to leave animals unattended. They may change in the future, but in the state I live the shelters, "no-kill" or otherwise have to put all the animals in cages when they are unattended.
Cat Protector,
Please quote any of my posts where I specifically indicate I am a passionate fan, and an advocate of declawing. Furthermore, you sir are the jackass that would rather have the cat in a cage at a shelter, or humane society rather than in a caring home. At no point did I articulate that I wanted to see this cat declawed, mutilated or otherwise. You are the individual who is dejected that the cat is cared for by a seemingly normal person that can handle its expenses. You need reread my posts. Yes, it is declawed; there is nothing that can be done to give it its claws back. Backtrack, pull my posts directed towards you, and quote me, where I explicitly state that I am advocating declawing.
Everyone, Just be happy that the cat isn't in a shelter waiting to find a home, or on the street. ... It's one less cat everyone has to worry about being hit by a car, or even euthanized. Deal with it.

Wow, what an enlightened post. Let's wait and see what this kind owner does if/when his cat starts peeing inappropriately, or develops some kind of illness that requires more than $100 worth of medical treatment. I'd almost bet money kitty's a goner.
Everyone, Just be happy that the cat isn't in a ... hit by a car, or even euthanized. Deal with it.

Wow, what an enlightened post. Let's wait and see what this kind owner does if/when his cat starts peeing inappropriately, or develops some kind of illness that requires more than $100 worth of medical treatment. I'd almost bet money kitty's a goner.

Or just wait until (surprise!) new owner learns that not only do cats scratch, they bite, they poop, they pee, and they shed all over the place. Will kitty then be de-toothed, and de-furred? Is it still better to be detoothed, defurred and declawed than spend time in a cage at a shelter?

Sherry
Karen,Do you honestly believe that every single cat that is declawed starts peeing inappropriately, or develops some kind of illness that requires more than $100 worth of medical treatment? It's rash to think that if one can afford to have the declawing procedure completed on a cat, that one can't afford to purchase $100.00 worth of medical treatment for the cat. Moreover, I am presuming that since the cat has been in the ownership of the original poster for six and a half years, the cat and owner have adapted as best they can and the owner will not abandon the animal.

Your post indicates that you have no apprehension for the current situation and want to live in the past tense. When and if the cat ends up being given away, at a shelter or abandoned I will offer an apology stating that I am wrong. However, until then, be content that the cat is being cared for by a seemingly everyday person that wants to care for the cat. I can't do anything to give the cat its claws back, nor can you.
Wow, what an enlightened post. Let's wait and see what ... of medical treatment. I'd almost bet money kitty's a goner.

Or just wait until (surprise!) new owner learns that not only do cats scratch, they bite, they poop, they pee, ... Is it still better to be detoothed, defurred and declawed than spend time in a cage at a shelter? Sherry

Well, yes!! At least they have a home!
Kalyahna, You may be the exception. I know that for many shelters it is a fire code violation and a ... state I live the shelters, "no-kill" or otherwise have to put all the animals in cages when they are unattended.

Pffft. I'm not familiar with the post you're replying to, since you never seem to copy the text you're replying to, and I don't want to take the time to dig it up. I don't think that's practiced everywhere. I'd be interested if you could cite the wording of the ordinance. I would also be surprised if it's a state-wide regulation, it sounds more like a municipal ordinance to me.

Sherry
Sherry, You have a point regarding "plenty of cats get returned to shelters because of peeing inappropriately and biting," but ... you probably already know, individuals don't concur with the idea that declawing is any more inappropriate than neutering/spaying a cat.

Some individuals. The uneducated or new pet owners.

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

I so do not understand your use of the word "malice" in this sentence.

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?

For the nth time. It does not have to be a choice, but yes, I would rather the cat go to a Humane Society than be mutilated declaw does NOT guarantee a forever 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.

I would suggest to you that you watch a declaw and follow the cat through recovery.
Honestly sometimes I think some people think declaw is just a permanent manicure.
Sherry
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