To declaw or not to declaw?

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
To declaw or not to declaw?
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 11:41am

We have just adopted a new kitten and are trying to decide if we should declaw or not when she gets older. Our other cats were already declawed when we rescued them so we didn't have to make a decision but this is our first kitten. I'd like to declaw her if she is going to be strictly indoor but my husband wants to keep her claws so she can be an indoor/outdoor cat. I don't know if that is realistic since our other cats are strictly indoor cats. I'd love to hear opinions from others who have indoor and outdoor cats.

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Registered: 11-09-2011
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 4:26pm

We had one of each. I don't like doing it, but on the one cat we did, there was no way we could keep her if we didn't. The vet agreed. She was a mean cat and it just wasn't going to happen. If we gave her away or to the ASPCA they would have put her down. So, we had her declawed (she was older, about 6 when we did it, only because of the baby coming). She lived until she was 15 years old, and the only reason she passed away was because of breast cancer recurrence. :( She wouldn't have made it through the surgery/anesthesia and we already removed a tumor when she was 10.  She was solely an indoor cat. My mom's neighbor's cat is declawed only front paws. He is indoor/outdoor. He fights with other cats VERY well (she always sees him out fighting). Could that be an option for you? Just doing the front paws?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 5:53pm

Why would you declaw the kitten? I don't understand the reasoning behind it so please explain.

None of my cats have been declawed. They used to be indoor/outdoor until an incident with a dog, at which point I decided to make him indoor only. For clawing the furniture I've had great success with Sticky Paws double sided tape from the pet store. My current cat (indoor only) uses the scratching post several times a day but doesn't claw the furniture. I do trim her claws about every 3 weeks but its just part of routine care like with any pet.


iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2008
Wed, 06-11-2014 - 11:02pm

Please, please explore all options before subjecting your kitten to such a drastic and painful surgery!  And do give soft paws a try:

Community Leader
Registered: 03-24-2000
Tue, 06-17-2014 - 10:19am

First off Congratulations on the adoption of your new kitten.

There should be no reason to declaw her.  You can keep her claws clipped or try the claw covers if you think that she may hurt your declawed cats.   I wouldn't let her outdoors unless you have a safe place for her that she can't get out and no other animals could get in.  

Enjoy your new kitten, they grow up so fast.


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Community Leader
Registered: 07-02-1999
Wed, 06-25-2014 - 11:07am

Please do your research before doing this. And considering - declawing a cat is like removing the last digit on your fingers. It is painful and can lead to medical and behavioral issues down the road. You can learn more here:  Claws are pretty easy to keep short and there are many things out there to help reinforce good behavior. Having scratching posts and pads are among them.

As to indoor/outdoor, please also think that through. Indoors is much safer. If you would like your cat to explore outside, consider a leash & harness or a catio to give them that exposure while keeping them safe.

Congrats on the new kitten!!