Originally Posted by jeezycreezy
I'm guessing here: Declawing cats makes them more appealing as pets and as a result more cats may be rescued from shelters.
Yes it does, I worked at a shelter and a lot of people wanted cats that were declawed. We didnt do it ourselves, but we ran a program where we transported peoples pets to a local vet hospital for spays and neuters, and people could choose to pay extra for declawing if they wanted.
I gotta say though, it really wasnt that common. I worked there for almost a year and only saw maybe...10-15 out of hundred of cats be declawed during that time. A lot of people seemed to want a cat already declawed but not be to interested in spending the money to do it themselves.
I think its mean and pretty unneccesary. Its not really a HUGE issue for me, I mean its not like its done while the cat is awake, and the cat does experiance pain while it heals but it doesnt seem to be extreme and heals pretty fast. I just think its unnatural and unneccesary. Some say the same about spaying and neutering but I disagree with that because it keeps the population of homeless animals down and lessens suffering.
Declawing is usually for stupid purposes like people not wanting the cats to scratch, but there are usually other ways to get cats to not mess up furniture (my boy is very well behaved and uses his scratching post, not the furniture). It just takes the time and effort to work with the cat. But even then some cats like some people, are just naturally more difficult and will never learn.
Overall the way I feel is Id rather see a cat declawed and in a good loving home than homeless in a shelter or starving on the streets. But its never something I could do myself.
edit- PS, Im a HUGE supporter of cats staying indoors. I think its total crap that cats "need" to go outside for whatever reason. My cat has lived indoors his entire life, there is no way in hell I will let him out. Working at the shelter I saw a lot of horrible things that people had done to cats. At our sister shelter in the bigger city near us (the one we took our animals to to be spayed and neutered) they had a cat that someone had actually poured gasoline on and set on fire.
Cats have no need to go outside. The few times mine escaped he got scared and hid under the house. He is perfectly healthy and very happy, he gets tons of excercise running around the house, diving into stacks of newspaper, batting my nail polish bottles all around the room, etc etc.
I wont expose him to the cruelty that exists beyond my protection...if anyone ever did anything to him...my god.
Ive had people say "oh you cant shelter them like that, are you going to do that with your kids?" and the difference is, children are dependants who are growing into independant adults. Cats will always be dependants. While children need to learn to survive on their own and toughen up to the ways of the world, my cat will be with me til he dies, and I will always give him my protection.