I never place a rescue cat with a person if they are going to declaw - BUT - I 
DO offer free nail clipping for the duration for any cats that I place in homes 
(as long as they are local...w/in 1.5 hrs.) for the life of the cat.
I even have a woman who I turned down for cat adoption - that adopted from a 
shelter later - that asks me to come over once or twice a month to clip the 
cat's nails.  She still doesn't understand HOW or WHY it is inhumane - even 
after I explained it to her....but - it really doesn't matter.  She is allowing 
her cat to keep it's nails a long as I clip them - so- I'm willing to do that.
Terri - WAY TO GO standing your ground!  - even if it did cost you an apt. and 
job.  Good kharma will be the pay off for you!  

--- On Sat, 8/27/11, Natalie <at...@optonline.net> wrote:

From: Natalie <at...@optonline.net>
Subject: [Felvtalk] Declawing - list of countries where it is illegal!
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2011, 9:44 AM

A question about which states do NOT allow declawing: 
A list of countries where declawing is illegal: 

From: felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org 
[mailto:felvtalk-boun...@felineleukemia.org] On Behalf Of Terri Brown
Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 9:52 PM
To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FW: Keep Cats Indoors

Paws come with claws.  Period.  I once lost a job opportunity (which came with 
a free apartment) because the owner wanted me to declaw.  I told him:  
"Unfortunately for you, it will NEVER happen, because I believe it's cruelty to 


Needless to say, I never got called for a second interview.


And I'd do it again.


I think I was about 37 at the time.  I've always had a big mouth.....


=^..^= Terri, Siggie the Tomato Vampire, Guinevere, Travis, Dori and 6 
furangels: Ruthie, Samantha, Arielle, Gareth, Alec, Salome and Sammi =^..^=

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Natalie 

To: felvtalk@felineleukemia.org 

Sent: Friday, August 26, 2011 8:04 PM

Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] FW: Keep Cats Indoors

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.

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 
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
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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