On can always keep looking until they find a place that does not require 
declawing.  In a nursing home, the door to your room could always be kept 
closed so the cat had no access to other parts of the home.   All this 
discussion about homes and cats has me wondering about the cats/dogs taken to 
homes as therapy animals.  Do they get declawed


---- MaiMaiPG <maima...@gmail.com> wrote: 
> And who is going to take care of the cat if the owner isn't  
> available?  In many rural areas the cat will be taken to the pound or  
> thrown out to take care of himself/herself.  This is particularly hard  
> for older cats.  It is a judgment call that must be made with all  
> factors considered and with the welfare of the cat in the front.
> On Aug 26, 2011, at 7:04 PM, Natalie wrote:
> 
> > I would seriously consider declawing very, very seriously– it is the  
> > most devastating thing for a cat.  Knowing what I do, I would be  
> > more heartbroken doing it to a beloved cat than being without the  
> > cat, trust me.  I wonder how a cat would feel if
> > he/she knew that it had a choice between missing the owner or having  
> > their paws mutilated?  According to Dr. Nicholas Doddman, who wrote  
> > The Cat that Cried for Help, after declawing surgery, cats feel such  
> > extreme pain that they either climb the walls of the cage or sit  
> > completely morose and cowering in the corner, something that their  
> > owners will never see.  I have a copy of an article written for NY  
> > Times Magazine a few years ago, where a woman writes about declawing  
> > her older cat because her mother’s oriental rug was being scratched  
> > up.  It is one of my hand-out’s to adopters – the story is  
> > heartbreaking, and very typical.  After the hurricane is over, I  
> > will scan it and post it.  It is probably the best I’ve read,  
> > without going into the gory details of declawing.
> > Natalie
> >
> > From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
> > [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
> > ] On Behalf Of Kelley Saveika
> > Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 7:22 PM
> > To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FW: Keep Cats Indoors
> >
> > Sorry!  This is a 62 email thread in gmail.  I don't know how your  
> > email program organizes stuff.  Anyway I did not look at the date.
> >
> > I've seen cats (especially senior cats) mourn their owners literally  
> > to death after being given away, and honestly in that case I'd  
> > rather declaw them.  Hopefully I will not need to make that choice.
> >
> > On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 5:58 PM, Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote:
> > OMG – you are responding to a post from March……I thought that I was  
> > going crazy and somehow missed a whole thread of talking about  
> > declawing, NOW!
> >
> > There are also some apartments that allow cats ONLY if they are  
> > declawed…I guess they prefer taking their chances of those cats  
> > peeing everywhere instead of possibly scratching something, and it  
> > would most likely be the tenants’ own furniture!
> >
> > I would rather give my cat away than declaw it – especially when  
> > it’s an older cat – it’s so much harder on them (not that it isn’t  
> > on young(er) cats).
> >
> > There needs to be a lot of education on declawing and what the  
> > psychological/emotional and physical effects can take be.  We have  
> > had a few abandoned declawed cats, and I have witnessed almost all  
> > of them…..but all the damage had already been done, and what was I  
> > to do – throw them out or kill them?  I found some homes that  
> > understood the ramifications and dealt with the problems as well as  
> > they could.
> >
> > From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
> > [mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
> > ] On Behalf Of Kelley Saveika
> > Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 6:45 PM
> >
> > To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
> > Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FW: Keep Cats Indoors
> >
> > Because if the owner has to go into the nursing home and is  
> > fortunate enough to find one where they can take their cat, the  
> > nursing home is likely to require declawing.
> >
> > On Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 9:34 PM, Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote:
> > That is true, but 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!
> >
> >
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