I was just wondering but is de-clawing cats particular to the US? I live in the UK and until I subscribed to this newsgroup, I didn't even know that you COULD have your cat de-clawed! Needless to say, I am totally against the idea but I have never heard of anyone here who has ever come across a de-clawed cat.
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I was just wondering but is de-clawing cats particular to the US? I live in the UK and until I ... totally against the idea but I have never heard of anyone here who has ever come across a de-clawed cat.

Yes, I would say that declawing is primarily a U.S. and Canadian thing, rarely done in other countries.
I was just wondering but is de-clawing cats particular to the US? I livein the UK and until I subscribed ... totally against the idea but I have never heard of anyone here who has ever come across a de-clawed cat.

Well, you couldn't have it done in UK, because it's illegal here and in most civilised countries, apart from USA and Canada. I do have a declawed cat but she is an American rescue. Every vet here who sees her is fascinated and horrified by her paws.
Helen
I was just wondering but is de-clawing cats particular to the US? I live in the UK and until I ... totally against the idea but I have never heard of anyone here who has ever come across a de-clawed cat.

Unfortunately, yeah, mostly US and Canada. Nasty - cutting off the cat's toes. sigh Someday, hopefully, it will be illegal here.

We also greatly differ on letting cats outside - it is becoming very much a no-no here to let your cat wander about outside as it is just too dangerous most places. Between the cars, coyotes, dogs, toxic crap, evil children, and mean possums/racoons, your cat is way more likely to not come home in the morning here than in the UK. Not to mention the fact that it is rapidly becoming illegal in many places (U.S.) to allow your cat to wander (city or township ordinances) unattended because they kill birds and aggravate your neighbors. Your neighbors might decide to shoot or poison your cat if they get mad enough about it.

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I had never heard about it either before this newsgroup. Declawing is illegal in Germany and I have never seen a declawed cat over here. Looking at my cats and how skillfully they use their claws for all kinds of stuff (defense, eating, climbing etc...) I think it is a very cruel practice. There is millions of cats over here that have their claws and there is no problems which in my opinion puts the whole procedure into doubt..
The biggest difference between here (US) and the UK, at least, is in the UK cats are permitted to roam freely. In the US there is increasing pressure to keep cats indoors exclusively. (To make it clear I do not declaw my cats.) Vets, adoption organizations and Municipalities put pressure on people to keep the cats indoors. Cats will be cats, they will scratch somewhere. Cats don't instinctively take to the scratching post like they do a litter box. I can understand how an owner faced with a cat that is ripping apart their home and not having the information they need might turn to declawing as a solution to the problem.
The solution here isn't to let the cats roam freely unless one lives out in the country where there isn't the traffic, poisons or demon spawn children etc. The solution is to educate cat owners early on to the products available to encourage cats to scratch on appropriate things. I wish the vets and adoption organizations would pass out information on this as a matter of course. The vets could even make a buck off of it if they sold these products like some do food and flea control. I think if a cat owner were to get this information from a reliable source they would be more willing to try behavior modification. I know I was skeptical about things like the sticky tape and sprays until I heard from people here who have used them successfully.
I had never heard about it either before this newsgroup. Declawing is illegal in Germany and I have never seen a declawed cat over here. Looking at my cats and how skillfully they use their claws for all kinds of stuff (defense, eating, climbing etc...) I think it is a very cruel practice. There is millions of cats over here that have their claws and there is no problems which in my opinion puts the whole procedure into doubt..
The whole procedure is disgusting and sickening and I'm embarrassed to say that the U.S. would do such a cruel act to cats Emotion: sad

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excuse me that should have read "if a cat owner was"

The biggest difference between here (US) and the UK, at least, is in the UK cats are permitted to roam freely. In the US there is increasing pressure to keep cats indoors exclusively. (To make it clear I do not declaw my cats.) Vets, adoption organizations and Municipalities put pressure on people to keep the cats indoors. Cats will be cats, they will scratch somewhere. Cats don't instinctively take to the scratching post like they do a litter box. I can understand how an owner faced with a cat that is ripping apart their home and not having the information they need might turn to declawing as a solution to the problem.
The solution here isn't to let the cats roam freely unless one lives out in the country where there isn't the traffic, poisons or demon spawn children etc. The solution is to educate cat owners early on to the products available to encourage cats to scratch on appropriate things. I wish the vets and adoption organizations would pass out information on this as a matter of course. The vets could even make a buck off of it if they sold these products like some do food and flea control. I think if a cat owner were to get this information from a reliable source they would be more willing to try behavior modification. I know I was skeptical about things like the sticky tape and sprays until I heard from people here who have used them successfully.
I had never heard about it either before this newsgroup. Declawing is illegal in Germany and I have never seen a declawed cat over here. Looking at my cats and how skillfully they use their claws for all kinds of stuff (defense, eating, climbing etc...) I think it is a very cruel practice. There is millions of cats over here that have their claws and there is no problems which in my opinion puts the whole procedure into doubt..
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