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To: Berlin_Freeper
I'm glad it's against the law in Germany to declaw a cat. Declawing consists of putting the cat's paw in a tourniquet, then chopping off the first segment of the toes in a mini guillotine. Put your own finger, up to the first joint, in a guillotine to model this. There can be fragments of nail left after the operation which will fester and cause pain. It affects the balance of the cat. And it can lead to arthritis later. It is a CRUEL and UNNECESSARY practice. You can train a cat as to what and what not to scratch. I've owned cats for 40 years and never had one declawed. They were trained what they were allowed to scratch, and supplied with appropriate things to sharpen their claws on, i.e. scratching posts, cardboard scratchers, etc.

I also took the time to learn the feline body language to judge when they wanted to be petted and when they wanted to be left alone. That is a big cause of scratching humans, especially with children. The cat has had enough and tries to give some hints as to that, but the kid won't stop. Or, the child pulls the cat's tail or pokes its eyes, etc. You can't let a child play unsupervised with a cat until you absolutely know that the child is responsible and not cruel. I would not recommend a small kitten for a child. A cat of at least a year who has been raised around kids is a safer bet.

I admit that I am a bit prejudiced toward Maine Coons, which are beautiful and known to be great with kids...LOL.

9 posted on 01/20/2013 12:20:58 AM PST by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

Thanks for your recommendation.


11 posted on 01/20/2013 1:00:36 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Better safe than sorry.)
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To: EinNYC

I’d never have my cat declawed even if I have been tempted many times.
When she was a small kitten she’d ambush me and climb my leg like a tree – leaving a blood trail. I broke her of it by snapping her ears. I tried to break her of clawing furniture, even using a squirt gun. She thought it was a game, dodging the water stream. When she claws me it’s when I sleep.
She just mean at times but she’s so sweet when she wants to be.


24 posted on 01/20/2013 4:38:32 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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