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Before you consider declawing, please inform yourself of the facts and weight
them against the alternatives.
Declawing a cat is not as easy as pulling out the claws. It's the human equivalent
of cutting off the fingers at the last joint. It's painful long after the surgery
heals. Many cats become hostile or aggressive. Many refuse to use the litter
box after they've been declawed (don't blame them, it's painful!) And there may be
psychological trauma as well. Your pet's attitude may change completely. H/she
will be left defenseless against other cats or dogs. Worse yet, s/he will not be
able to get away from danger by climbing up a tree!
*Instead consider the inexpensive alternative of introducing a scratching
post. With a few squirts of water for unwanted behavior, and patience on your part
until your pet adapts to a scratching post is all that is necessary! (catnip sprinkled on
the scratching post helps!) Also, you can try spraying a citrus scent where you DON'T want
your cat to scratch as cats don't like the strong scents of citrus.
For more info visit: http://amby.com/cat_site/declaw.html#issues
Over 5 million animals are sentenced to death each year because of
overpopulation. A female cat has an average of 2 litters per year with the average
survival of 2.8 kittens per litter and is mature to mate as early as 6 months old.
Male cats can father hundreds of children per year. Unaltered cats have a greater
need to "roam" and have urges that make them irritable and upset.
*Unaltered males are more aggressive, and often urinate outside the litter box to
"mark" their territory. Neutering males reduces the risk of prostate
cancer, and the urge to roam and fight. It also eliminated the powerful odor of
adult male urine and reduces the tendency to spray indoors.
*Unaltered females whine/moan non-stop when they're in "heat". Spaying the
female before her first heat protects her from risks of uterine, ovarian, and mammary
cancers. It also eliminated the stress of pregnancy. It isn't necessarily more
"fair" to let her have a litter before spaying. If you'd like a kitten,
please consider adopting one from the local shelter.
For more info please visit: http://www.lovethatcat.com/spayneuter/spayneuter.html
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