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The reasons, as far as I can fathom, why Americans seem obsessed with declawing domestic cats is to protect either their curtains and furniture or the poor little birdies in their gardens.
Now look here those of you who think declawing a cat is a good idea. Get a dog or a fish or a budgerigar or something. Cats have claws as we have finger nails and declawing them to protect your bloody curtains is disgraceful.
You do not, as you may well claim, love Tiddles at all. If you did then Tiddles would be gleefully running up your curtains and scratching the hell out of your arms every time you tried to put him in a cat basket.
It’s what cats do for Gods (or the deity of your choice) sake!
Cats, like dogs, were long ago domesticated. Clearly there is a difference in their domesticity. You tickle most dogs tummies and they wag their tail and their tongue lolls out. You try and tickle Tiddles tummy and he’ll go for your eyes – and damn right too!
Cats are as domesticated as they want to be.
A dog lives in your home, you live in a cats home. If you disagree then A) don’t get a cat and B) if you do, don’t you dare declaw it.
Cats have retained their hunting instincts regardless of being well fed and domesticated. Finding deceased rodents and half eaten sparrows is par for the course if you’re a cat owner. Legally they are free ranging animals. That’s what they are so stop trying to make them into cuddly toys.
Have you also considered, you declawing supporters, how vulnerable you have now made Tiddles?
As free ranging animals they don’t go out for walkies on a leash – and if you do that to a cat you’re beyond loopy – they go where the hell they like.
In so doing they may come across a garden with a large dog in it. Said dog may want to do more than chase Tiddles. He just might want to rip Tiddles to shreds.
Now most dogs wouldn’t even catch a cat but, the odd one might corner the cat. Declawed, Tiddles is toast. With claws the dog is toast.
The only way any dog of any size will ever beat a cat in a face off is if said cat is a kitten – and shouldn’t be out anyway – or is elderly and infirm. The same goes for foxes.
A young healthy cat will go for the dogs eyes and the dog will run away howling and half blind. Well, if the young healthy cat has claws anyway.
I have been an active member of British charity Cats Protection for many years and I know my cats. I well know what they are capable of and have scars to prove it. You try taking 6 week old kittens to domesticate them from a feral mother who doesn’t want you to if you don’t believe me.
Thick gloves? Check. Thick head cover? Check. Goggles? Check. Then you have a fighting chance of not being maimed.
Cats are independent because they want to be. They will share your home on their terms. In other words it’s their home and you can stay too as long as you feed them and empty the litter tray regularly.
Declawing a cat is animal cruelty. You can argue with me until you are blue in the face but if you support cat declawing or participate in this awful practice then you are not a cat lover and have no understanding what so ever of what makes a cat tick.
In fact, if you fit into this category you are, frankly, a disgrace and, I have to say, you disgust me.
Still. I suppose you have nice curtains and pretty birdies in your gardens.