declawing Molly

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declawing Molly
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 5:34am
Hi, I will start by saying I am new here.. My name is Jenni and the cat i will be talking about is my 9 month old kitty Molly. I got Molly declawed, even though i knew it felt wrong, well i was right, the moment i got him home i knew i made a huge mistake just by the look of him... anyways, my question is.... How many of you have had your cat declawed?? how did it go? was the cat ok? did he/she personality change? any complications? My reason for asking, I have only had him home for 5 days, but he is unhappy, distant, and as of yesterday started to not walk at all on his left paw, nor will he clean it when the other he will... he was walking on it fine the other 3 days.. im upset and very concerned, im calling my vet in a cpl of hours anyways.. but im just wondering what other ppl went through, or their animals anyways....

thanks.. Jenni and Molly

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 6:57am
Hi Jenni and *WELCOME* to Cats! You will get a lot of negative type responses about declawing here - it can be a cruel surgery if it's not performed correctly. Personally, I had both of my cats declawed (I work for a vet) years ago - they were not babies either, Pudd was 7 and Boo Boo was 2 at the time. I did it because I literally had tried just about everything as an alternative but nothing worked and since my dh and I were just married, couldn't afford to replace the couch we had just bought that they were destroying. Younger cats tend to heal quicker than older cats, the fact that he is not walking on one of his paws tells me that there could be an infection going on and you are right to call your vet ASAP. Did Molly get put on antibiotics and pain relief? All cats that are done where I work (and the number has decreased drastically) get a pain relief patch that lasts for up to 4 days post surgery - we place it on when they are admitted because it takes a couple of hours to start getting absorbed. They also get started on antibiotics immediately - this is not a sterile surgery by any means.

Now back to how my own cats reacted - believe it or not, even though they were adults, they did fine - especially the seven year old who has a high pain tolerance anyway. Their personalities have not changed and within three days after surgery, they were back to normal.

I hope Molly is ok, come back and let us know!!

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 9:17am
I had my boys front declawed, and it was a disaster. Instead of stiches they used glue to shut their wounds (this is pretty common) well being kittens and being rough while playing they kept popping open the sores and bleeding all over my house! I took them back to the vet and they reglued them and kept the boys kenneled there free of charge :) I didn't noticed any difference in them, maybe a bit confused when they went to climb and fell or scratched and there was nothing there. They are a year old now and are perfectly fine happy little boys.

I do hope you take your kitty to the vet to make sure there isn't a infection though if he seems distant. Good luck to you.

Jenny, Simba & Sammy.
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 10:09am
Hi Jenni & Molly, welcome to the board. I have two Sammy and Misha. Sammy will be two in August and Misha just turned a year old on April 1st. Neither of them are declawed. Thankfully they haven't done too much damage with their claws. I have two scratching posts for them and they use them regularly.

I hope Molly will be fine. Please let us know.

Patrick (sammycat2002)

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:22am
Hello Jenni,

First off, I do not agree with declawing but I know people make their own choices. I have a cat and a kitten. My cat Missy is around 3 years and 4 months old. We decided to get her declawed when we took her in to get spayed. At the time I was uneducated about delcawing and we lived in my fiance's grandmother house. When Missy came home she was okay. She wouldn't walk on her front paws and at this time I knew what a horrible mistake I made. She then tore off her bandage and her paw began to bleed. I made a appointment to see the vet the next day and sure enough she had a infection. I had to give her antibiotics which wasn't fun in the least bit. After that she seemed to be doing better. Shortly after that she picked up the habit of biting and she still does it. That is just one of the side effects of delcawing. She had no litter box problems. In a way I guess it did change her personality. She isn't as friendly as she was before we got her declawed and she doesn't like to be held or have her paws touched. We adopted a kitten about 5 months ago and after reading about declawing my fiance and I decided NOT to get her declawed. I made the right decision. She uses her scratchy post just fine and doesn't claw at anything else. Paka is very sweet and loving. I suppose it is because of how she was handled and loved from a early age and because she wasn't declawed. She doesn't like to be held though and she isn't a lap cat. She is a rescued feral kitten but has come a long way. She gets lots of love and is spoiled rotten! I hope that Molly will be okay. You have my warmest wishes for Molly to get better. Please let us know how she does.



Take care,

Michelle

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 11:57am
Hi Jenni. *WELCOME* to Cats. I'm so sorry that you are having problems with Molly's declawing. I would certainly get him back to the vet to check for an infection.

I can't help you, because I have never had a cat declawed. I have 8 cats now and have had cats all of my life and all have kept their claws.

I'm sure Molly will be OK after he heals from the surgery.

Let us know how he's doing.

Hugs,

Leslie (cl-lcni)


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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 12:47pm
Hi Jenni,

Yes, you will probably receive a lot of negative responses about your decision...that's too be expected...we love our kitties and we have very strong opinions about things that affect their lives.

I had Sparkle declawed last year as a last resort. For me it wasn't about furniture...she dutifully used her scratching post and couch (i didn't care), but she also used me...and I had had cats all my life, so i was used to getting scratched, except i was just diagnosed with autoimmune liver disease and was technically on the liver transplant list which meant my immune system is supressed. The last time Sparkle had scratched me on my ankle it hurt like crazy and a "ball" for lack of a better word, formed on the side...my doc said it was probably infected from my cat's scratch....It became even more swollen and i had to walk with a cane and a painful limp for six months until the infection was painfully drained out. now, i'll basically have this disease all my life...but I wasn't going to give my baby away...so I got her front paws declawed

I was blessed that she had little or no side effects physically or mentally (she just spit up the medicine to kill any infections for a couple of days...) Even now she still "scratches" things. I felt a lot of guilt about it, but I knew it was the best decision for me personally at the time, in my situation. the only thing i can suggest is that you be more attentive to Molly and give her all your attention. She may be in some pain and may be confused as to what happened to her. It will probably take time, but be patient.

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 2:23pm
It's Jen and Molly again, just wanted to say thanks for all the input.. I called my vet and she wants to see Molly right away today, so the 2 of us are off to get this taken care of right away... I cross my fingers this goes well.

I know many of you are not keen in the least about declawing, let me just say, NEVER again, I knew the day we took molly in that this was a bad bad decision, Molly is my first cat.. and i was very un-informed, untill the night my baby was at the vet, i did all my research far too late... I was and am still sick about our decision.. however, i cant change the past now, im sure i will get over the guilt in time, and Im sure Molly will love me the same again... We are both healing right now, as the decision to get Molly declawed was to prevent the awful scratches he inflicted apon me at night, the last time he actually scratched my eye and im sporting a nice patch still, 2 weeks later.. silly cat just wanted to play, never has understood what bed time for us was, the scratch post, water gun, hours of play before bed, the constant NO's, keeping him out of the bed room only to be awake all night to the sounds he made, i swear he was worse then a child when it came to crying... none of it helped.. anyways.. we are off to the vet.. thanks again to all the response i got... will let you know whats up with the situation
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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 2:43pm
Good luck at the vet. I am sure that Molly will be fine, as well as the relationship between the two of you.

All the best,

Patrick (sammycat200)

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 4:50pm
Jen, a p.s. from my last post. Please don't feel guilty about getting Molly declawed. You certainly had a very good reason to get it down. As I read the other posts from members who had they cats declawed, they had good reasons to do so. So, don't take that trip down "guilty" lane.

I was lucky when I first adopted Sammy. A friend of mine was suggesting that I ought to have him declawed if he started to scratch my furniture, but he also advised against it. When I took Sammy in to be neutered, the vet asked me if I wanted him declawed. She also said that given his age (8 months) it would be painful for him. Also one of my partners at work advised me not to have him declawed unless he was destroying my furniture. He had also advised me a little on the procedure. So, I was lucky in that I had folks who were sort of in the know about these things. Thankfully, I had some good advice, and both Sammy and Misha still have their claws.

Admittedly, they have caused a little damage, but more from climbing than scratching. I had to replace a set of bedroom drapes as a result of Misha, being a bit of climber. But the drapes were old and needed to be replaced anyway. I have also replaced a few shower liners, again mostly because both of them seemed to have loads of fun in the bathtub. But, lucky me, I found that the Dollar Store in town sold plastic shower liners for a buck, it is not a great expense.

As I said in my previous post, please let us know how things turn out with Molly. Gee, silly me, I should have asked you are, especially after getting scratched in the eye. I sincerely hope that there is no permanent damage.

All the best,

Patrick (sammycat2002)

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Mon, 04-07-2003 - 5:00pm
Hello again Jenni!

Good Luck at the vet with Molly. Please let us know how it goes. Take care! *hugs*


Michelle

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