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The biggest difference between here (US) and the UK, at least, is inthe UK cats are permitted to roam freely. ... is ripping aparttheir home and not having the information they need might turn todeclawing as a solution to the problem.

Hi Wendy ,
I don't see what the connection is between declawing and whether your cat goes in or out . It's sounds more like an excuse to me. Surely declawing has been around for many years before the big drive to keep cats inside .
Some people do keep their cats inside in the UK , although they are in the minority and some outdoor cats will scratch inside. The more cats you have the more likely they will scratch inside. Alison
Hi Wendy , I don't see what the connection is between declawing and whether your cat goes in or out ... and some outdoor cats will scratch inside. The more cats you have the more likely they will scratch inside. Alison

An outdoor cat that is declawed is defenseless and unable to climb and escape its attackers. Anyone who has a declawed cat must never let it roam free outside.
-mhd
The biggest difference between here (US) and the UK, at least, is inthe UK cats are permitted to roam freely. ... is ripping aparttheir home and not having the information they need might turn todeclawing as a solution to the problem.

Hi Wendy ,
I don't see what the connection is between declawing and whether your cat goes in or out . It's sounds more like an excuse to me. Surely declawing has been around for many years before the big drive to keep cats inside .
Some people do keep their cats inside in the UK , although they are in the minority and some outdoor cats will scratch inside. The more cats you have the more likely they will scratch inside. Alison
I'm not defending the practice only trying to understand it.

Try living with "fluffy the couch destroyer" for a year not letting him go outside at all and we'll talk again.
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I don't see what the connection is between declawing and whether your cat goes in or out . It's sounds more like an excuse to me.

I think it's more that cats who go out tend to scratch outside, so the issue of the cat being destructive doesn't really come up. I could be completely off base there, though, as I've never had an outdoor cat, living near urban areas and all.
IMO, any "reason" for declawing can be considered an excuse if all the proper information is given to the owners.
Surely declawing has been around for many years before the big drive to keep cats inside .

I'm sure, and I know that when I was growing up (before the whole 'keep your cats in' thing), the vets recommended declawing indoor cats as a matter of course. It was just what we did. No one ever told us what the procedure actually was. Everyone just did it. The vets did, however, recommend against declawed cats going out. It was like, if the cat goes out, claws stay, if it stays in, claws go.
I realize this is quite possibly a regional experience, so for the record and for the non-US folks, I live near Chicago, a large metropolitan city in Illinois, U.S. where most people who love their pets keep them close by, since cars, dogs, poisons, and other dangers kill many, many pets (and strays) every year. The vast majority of people keep their cats inside.
Sadly enough, the vets around here still ask if you want your cat declawed when you sign up for desexing.
Some people do keep their cats inside in the UK , although they are in the minority and some outdoor cats will scratch inside. The more cats you have the more likely they will scratch inside.

IME, I have an easier time training new cats to scratch appropriately because they follow the examples of the resident cats. I have only 3 though, so maybe this is true for rescuers and such with 10+ cats...

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I was just wondering but is de-clawing cats particular to the US? I livein the UK and until I subscribed ... against the idea but I have never heard of anyone here who has ever come across a de-clawed cat. Jeannie

How about sending over some of Lord Denning's DNA? We desperately need a few of his clones in our congress to teach our congressmen the meaning of the "spirit of the law"..
Declawing technically violates the animal cruelty statutes of almost every state in the US..
Phil
I was just wondering but is de-clawing cats particular to the US? I live in the UK and until I ... against the idea but I have never heard of anyone here who has ever come across a de-clawed cat. Jeannie

It's illegal in parts of Los Angeles.
Adam
Millions of unborn human babies had been killed LEGALLY over the years here in the US and around the globe. And you're worried about some animals losing their paws so they can live and be pampered for the rest of their lives?
Ray
P.S. I just had to get that out of my chest. I won't read any more messages in this thread.
Gee, I'm so disappointed.

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
Millions of unborn human babies had been killed LEGALLY over the years here in the US and around the globe.

Really chaps your ass, doesn't it? BTW, those are fetuses, not babies.
And you're worried about some animals losing their paws so they can live and be pampered for the rest of their lives?

Damn right. Try amputating YOUR fingers and then see if you can say that again with a straigh face...
Ray P.S. I just had to get that out of my chest. I won't read any more messages in this thread.

Oh, the "sling *** and run manuver". Typical.
-L.
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