Some nursing homes require cats to be declawed in order to stay with their
owners in the nursing home.

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 10:50 PM, Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote:

> I UNDERSTAND WHAT SOME OF YOU ARE SAYING ABOUT "OLD" PEOPLE AND THEIR THIN
> SKINS NOT WANTING TO BE SCRTACHED, BUT WHY WOULD A CAT SCRATCH ANYONE,
> UNLESS ONE HAS A FERAL CAT THAT'S TERRIFIED WHEN CORNERED....IT'S LIKE
> PEOPLE DECLAWING THEIR CATS WHEN A BABY COMES ALONG.  If the cat hasn't
> scratched them, why would it scratch the baby - besides, it's better to be
> scratched than bitten anytime!  Years ago, neighbors adopted a baby and had
> their two 4-yr old cats declawed, worrying about scratches, although the
> cats never scratched them.  When baby arrived, one of the cats bit the baby
> in the hand - seriously (never, ever having attempted to bite the
> neighbors). The baby didn't even provoke the cat - it was just lying on the
> floor.  Both cats were euthanized the next day.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org
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> dlg...@windstream.net
> Sent: Friday, March 25, 2011 11:00 PM
> To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Cat claws
>
> Many older people are on coumidin and that really makes it bad for them to
> get scratched.  Some cats get carried away with their play so you just need
> to not overstimulate them.  You play hard and they will too.  And then
> there
> are some that don't play much at all.  They just want to be petted or sit
> on
> your lap all day.
> Maybe older people should learn as much as possible about their future pets
> and only adopt "gentle" ones.  We just have to use common sense when
> dealing
> with any animal.  If they growl or flip their tail back and forth or lay
> back their ears, that is a sign that they have had enough.  Then back off
> and let them be.
> ---- Lorrie <felineres...@kvinet.com> wrote:
> > On 03-23, Natalie wrote:
> >
> > > I don't understand why an old person can't have a cat with claws.
> > > Dealing mostly with feral cats, I have never been bitten or
> > > scratched - what's the danger, I am 70 yrs old.  And as I said,
> > > bites are a natural defense for declawed cats!
> >
> > I'm 78 and when you're old your skin is very fragile and thin
> > and you bleed easily........... That said - I would NEVER NEVER
> > declaw a cat.  We have 15 rescued cats at home and sure we get
> > scratched when they play or knead us, but so what!  Put some
> > iodine on the scratches.
> >
> > Lorrie
> >
> >
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