Friday, July 31, 2009

What would be the best age to declaw a kitten?

I have a male kitten named Tiger, but he scratches up everything. I would like to know what the best age would be t declaw a kitten? Thanks in advance.
Please don't resort to declawing. It's illegal in the UK, most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand purely for the fact that it is classed as animal cruelty. The law actually refers to it as "mutlitation" which I think says it all. There are literally millions of cat owners worldwide who have managed to train their cats to behave with their claws. If we can do it, I'm sure that you can too. Just to make sure that you fully understand exactly what declawing involves - please take the time to look at the web site below. It also has testimonials from owners and carers of cats that have been declawed. If you love your kitten, please for his sake, make the time to ensure that you know the truth about this cruel practice.
Scratching is a perfectly natural behaviour for cats, and the most effective way to train them not to scratch where you don't want them to, is to offer them an acceptable alternative. If you're worried about his future potential to scratch furniture, then now is the ideal time to train him to use a scratching post. The web articles below offer advice and suggestions which will help you train him.
You may find the web sites below helpful for future reference as they offer advice on all aspects of cats behaviour.
Please remember that he is still a baby and is bound to make mistakes whilst he's growing up. It's up to you to teach him good manners. With patience and kindness you can do this.
I got my cat declawed at four months. It was an over night deal, and when I brought her home she was walking as if nothing happened.
every doctor has their opion but the best time is at 6 months old
for you 21 for the cat never
3yrs or 2, but im no veterinarian
never, you wouldn't want someone to tear off your fingernails would you??, just cut and file his nails and needed, there are special nail clippers you can buy for a cat
It is cruel to declaw a kitten. Is your cat an indoor only cat? If so, what happens if your cat gets outside? Your cat is defenseless. I advise against this for the safety of your cat.
Go to a vet, if its too early they won't do it.
My mother-in-law had her cat declawed at the same time that she had her spayed about six months.
NEVER its extremely cruel and painful for the cat. They can suffer depression and behavioural problems after because their only source of defence is gone. You people seem like that type that would probably give the cat away if it causes you any inconvenience.
declawing is aganist the law in most states it is cruel they actually cut off the ends of fingers try a scratching post dont declaw and yes it is terrible painful
I would say about 6 months. At that age they are getting pretty strong, but their bones are not fully formed yet which makes declawing painful. It would also be a good age to get him neutered at the same time.
p.s. it is not against the law to have a cat declawed
You realize the cat will bite after declawing it. The bigger and older it gets, the more it will bite.
Thats their only defense once the claws are gone.
Never. Seriously, declawing your cat is the most painful experience they can go thru. There are other methods you can use like getting a scratching post.
Most places won't even let you adopt a cat if they think you're going to declaw them.
I was going to do the same thing because I didn't want my daughter getting scratch and the vet had a huge discussion with me about it.
Please try something else first.
Vet would be the best to advise it would depend on the cat's health.
Also, keep in mind that once the cat is de-clawed it will lose it's means of self defense. If the cat escapes from the security of your home and is confronted by a dog. The cat will be unable to climb a tree for protection.
Here's something for you to read before you decide to mutilate your poor kitten:
They need their claws, for grip and for their own personal defense if they're an outdoor cat. can cut you kittens nails.keep them filed. This takes time, patience and energy...But their are also pet grooming facilities that will do this for you. But don't remove the claws..they do need them.
As early as possible, if you are certain through and through that your cat will always be kept indoors or on an enclosed dogproof patio 100% of its life. If you're not sure, you should try trimming the claws instead -- it helps a lot and involves no pain or risk.
Kittens can be declawed as early as about 9 weeks of age. It is best to do it early if it's going to be done, because a growing kitten heals faster and more completely than an older cat, and because a cat adjusts to a major change in how it walks and uses its paws much more easily if it is still learning anyways. Yes, it's safe to have anesthesia that young if the vet doing it is experienced.
You should try to have the cat's neutering done at the same time. Most competent vets can and will do it at the same time. The risk and trauma of one day of surgery is less than for two.
I had mine done as soon as I got him.He was maybe a couple of months. Call the vet.
He/She would give you the best answer.
Declawing can be done at any age(youngest 8 weeks old), but younger cats tend to bounce back more quickly than older ones. Pet owners might consider having the declaw and spay/neuter done at the same time so the cat undergoes anesthesia only once.

Declawing and Alternatives

Declawing is something that should only be considered in cases of EXTREME behavioral problems. Cats use their claws to exercise, play, stretch, climb, hunt and mark their territory. Although your cat might use your hands or furniture for these activities, declawing is NOT the answer and there are many other ways to guide your cat to healthy claw activity.
The declawing operation itself is the human equivalent of removing the first joint of all your fingers. Many vets feel that the lack of these joints impairs the cat's balance and can cause weakness from muscular disease. Declawing also makes a cat feel defenseless and can affect their personality, making them skittish or nervous biters. In rescue work, we see many declawed cats that have been given up by their owners. Why? Because these cats still had behavioral problems that were worsened by not having their claws. So, if you are adamant about declawing your new cat, why not consider adopting a cat which has already been declawed?
Take it from an expert. Dr. Nicholas Dodman, author of The Cat Who Cried For Help, offers this perspective on the procedure:"Declawing involves more than simply trimming a cat's nails to the quick; it actually involves amputation of the tips of the digits, bones and all. The inhumanity of the procedure is clearly demonstrated by the nature of cats' recovery from anesthesia following the surgery. Unlike routine recoveries, including recovery from neutering surgeries, which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in cats bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of excruciating pain. Cats that are more stoic huddle in the corner of the recovery cage, immobilized in a state of helplessness, presumably by the overwhelming pain. Declawing fits the dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure, disjoint, and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure servesas a model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic drugs. Even though analgesic drugs can be used postoperatively, they rarely are, and their effects are incomplete and transient anyway, so sooner or later the pain will emerge.
鈥楾he operative removal of the claws, as is sometimes practiced to protect furniture and curtains, is an act of abuse and should be forbidden by law in all, not just a few countries.鈥?highly regarded British textbook by Turner and Bateson on the biology of cat behavior) However quickly cats forget the hideous experience of declawing, and even though they may not hold grudges, that doesn't seem sufficient justification for putting a family pet through such a repugnant experience.""
There are alternatives to declawing. Exercise and play with your cat regularly. Give him a scratching post and teach him to use it. Trim your cat's nails on a regular basis. And, of course, talk to your vet or cat-owner friends about ways to "train" your cat to exercise its natural instincts in non-destructive ways. A squirt bottle is a great way to teach a cat not to scratch on particular surfaces. It doesn't hurt them and if you are persistent, they will get the message. There is also a product called Soft Paws. This is a fake nail which is not sharp at the tip, which fits over your cats claws. It is sold in pet stores and veterinarian clinics. And if you are adamant about having a kitty without claws, why not adopt a previously declawed kitty?
yes it could bring about behavioral problems. Its cruel and painful, and useless. Thats why they make scratching posts and cat nail clippers. and yes in some states it is illegal. Just because that lady is a vet assistant doesnt mean she knows about all laws in all the states. I honestly would not do it
My cat was declawed at 6 months and people get it done for their kittens at 9 weeks of age. My cat has had no behavorial problems at all and her personality has not changed. She can use her litter box
play with her toys
jump up and down from furniture
no balance problems
no bitting problems
The kitten would be put to sleep and the kitten would not feel it and the cat litter you would use is torn up paper and there is cat litter that is used for cats that have been declawed right after surgery.
what is your e-mail address? It depends jsut go to the nearest vet and ask to declaw them!

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