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Old 02-24-2006, 11:57 AM   #481
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Declawing is heinous. Indra is exactly correct, it's an aputation of the toes.

LivLuv, that Crash's Landing place sounds so f-ed up. I can't believe they declaw all the cats before they leave...aside from the expense and the horrific pain it inflicts on the cats, one of the most common unintended consequences of declawing is that they sometimes develop litterbox issues! Which may be why Eden is having a problem.

Your confinement strategy is exactly correct...but it may take longer than a week to retrain her. The behaviorist my organization works with reccommends at least several weeks. PM me if you want his contact info.

IMHO, life as an outdoor/barn cat without one of her most important natural defenses (claws) would be dangerous and very likely short. I know it's not your decision b/c she belongs to your roommate...but just my two cents.
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Declawing is heinous. Indra is exactly correct, it's an aputation of the toes.

LivLuv, that Crash's Landing place sounds so f-ed up. I can't believe they declaw all the cats before they leave...aside from the expense and the horrific pain it inflicts on the cats, one of the most common unintended consequences of declawing is that they sometimes develop litterbox issues! Which may be why Eden is having a problem.

Your confinement strategy is exactly correct...but it may take longer than a week to retrain her. The behaviorist my organization works with reccommends at least several weeks. PM me if you want his contact info.

IMHO, life as an outdoor/barn cat without one of her most important natural defenses (claws) would be dangerous and very likely short. I know it's not your decision b/c she belongs to your roommate...but just my two cents.

She seems to actually enjoy the cage, or at least doesn't care. We take her out to hold her or sometimes put another cat in the cage to keep her company, but overall she doesn't seem to care. I think she was usually caged at Crash's. So yeah she's using the litter pan while IN the cage (no accidents yet), but we'll see what happens when she gets let out. We also give her a treat when we see her use the litter box. Is there a certain litter that declawed cats prefer?
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A couple of my cats:



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and a nice cat story.

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Black Cat Credited With Saving Owner

McKENZIE, N.D. - Bernice McDowall says she never thought black cats were unlucky. Now her own black cat, Joey, is her hero. McDowall, 87, said she was taking a nap when Joey woke her up early Friday afternoon and probably saved her life.

"He was having a fit, running around the bedroom," she said.

Then she saw smoke in the bedroom, got up and saw smoke coming from the basement.

She and Joey got out safely.

Joey had found a home with the McDowalls after he was dumped off at a nearby mailbox awhile back. On Friday, he "really came in and sent the alarm," Bernice said.

Later, the black cat was rolling and romping in the yard near smoldering mattresses that firefighters had dragged up from the basement while his owner stayed in the warmth of a vehicle.

Sterling Fire Chief Dwayne Frederick said firefighters contained the blaze to the basement, but there was smoke damage throughout the ranch-style home. He said the cause likely was electrical.

The McDowalls were not able to be in the house Friday night, but Cheryl McDowall, Bernice's daughter, told firefighters they had a place to stay.

Bernice McDowall had dinner at her niece's home. Joey was there too, walking on the piano keys. And he was scheduled to get his favorite dinner, a gravy-style canned cat food.

He would get lots of cuddling, too, Bernice McDowall said.

"He's a real good friend," she said.
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Ugh, dont get me started on declawing. It's cruel, inhumane and actually banned in some countries because its such a horrible procedure. I'd like to chop off the fingers of the owners that do this to their cats and see how they like it


Indra, Rickenbacker looks like a statue guarding your house

And Oscar looks like he has something to say about who is supposed to be the guarder
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I won't declaw my cat. EVER.
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I knew there was a reason I you so.
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Indra, Rickenbacker looks like a statue guarding your house

And Oscar looks like he has something to say about who is supposed to be the guarder
Yeah, Straticat is quite the pompous guy sometimes. But he loves to drape himself over people's shoulders, and he doesn't care who's. He'll jump from anywhere if he thinks he can get on your shoulders. It can be quite disconcerting. Luckily he doesn't often use his claws when he jumps.

Oscar wasn't happy when I took that photo. I put him up there to get a decent shot, but he was determined to get down. Do you notice that his claws are out? He does that when he's planning on giving someone a smackdown. He'll sometimes walk across the floor with his claws out, clicking along. When the other cats hear that they take off.
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Yeah, Straticat is quite the pompous guy sometimes. But he loves to drape himself over people's shoulders, and he doesn't care who's. He'll jump from anywhere if he thinks he can get on your shoulders. It can be quite disconcerting. Luckily he doesn't often use his claws when he jumps.

Oscar wasn't happy when I took that photo. I put him up there to get a decent shot, but he was determined to get down. Do you notice that his claws are out? He does that when he's planning on giving someone a smackdown. He'll sometimes walk across the floor with his claws out, clicking along. When the other cats hear that they take off.
Chloe loves to jump on my back or my shoulders and just hang out there. I usually have scratches because she tries to balance herself onto me. She's so funny sometimes.
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She seems to actually enjoy the cage, or at least doesn't care. We take her out to hold her or sometimes put another cat in the cage to keep her company, but overall she doesn't seem to care. I think she was usually caged at Crash's. So yeah she's using the litter pan while IN the cage (no accidents yet), but we'll see what happens when she gets let out. We also give her a treat when we see her use the litter box. Is there a certain litter that declawed cats prefer?
You should try "Cat Attract". It's like regular clay litter but it has some kind of herb in it that they like. It's not formulated for declaws, per se, but for cats who have had behavioral issues with peeing and pooping outside of the box. Link below. Several people I know who have had "issues" swear by it...

http://www.preciouscat.com/
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Oh god. I cat fights. I'm loathe to break them up b/t my boys b/c it's just so beautiful. Like furry ballet.
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Oh god. I cat fights. I'm loathe to break them up b/t my boys b/c it's just so beautiful. Like furry ballet.
What amazes me about Sicy's cats and their fights is that neither one has claws out. When my cats get into cat spats the fur really flies! Maybe I just have a bunch of cranky cats.
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Oh god. I cat fights. I'm loathe to break them up b/t my boys b/c it's just so beautiful. Like furry ballet.
Same here!
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