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Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by annie3001, Jan 16, 2010.

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  1. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    okay after my receipt deal with a pet cat, that landed on my doorstep... that post is here somewhere. ill find it and paste ( if i can)

    well some people are so rude! I went to a place called "protector of pets" in ct.!!!! and i had to fill out a 2 page application for consideration on adopting a potenial cat.
    i figured my kids really want a cat, after what we went thru in the last week.
    so after filling this form out,,, appartenly they do not have any cats that are declawed and there for cannot help me.. the lady was real rude. i feel a decision was made upon my arrival.
    i was dressed nice and had 2 kids that were wired (on sugar) and i am sorry but cat people are !!!!!!! i dont get'em. i am trully upset... she would not even let me in a another room to see any of the cats!!!! what!!!!!! i am gonna sit down and write a letter to them, espeically the girl that spoke with me... she was real rude!!!!! she has no idear who i am or what kind of person i am with animals!!! i am soooo venting!!!!!!!! i said to her "okay if you cant help me i would like my applicatino back with all my personal information on it. she gave it back to me.. then she also gave me 2 phone numbers of people i can contact that might have some declawed cats for sale... but the thing is,,, why!!!!! what!!!!!!!!!!!
    i am truly sorry i dont want to upset any cat owners !!!!!!i just dont get it!!!!!!!!! she was like a hippy organic odd girl!! nothing wrong with oranic,, appartenly i wasnt dressed right!!!! when i walked in the door!!!!
    the point is... my kids wanted to see the cats,, and they were shunned away!!! whats the big deal ??/ so i want a cat thats declawed!!! ugh!
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010

  2. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I am just guessing here. Totally guessing...

    Do you think that she didnt like the idea of declawed cats? Some folks have very strong opinions about that topic.


    I hope you find a kitty!
  3. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    yeah i think the declawing idear really had her!!! I went to a petsmart after and they have adoptable pets from guess where "protector of pets " organization< i just happened to ask the lady working that area there,, re: delcawing and cats etc.. she was just sooooo "no no its so wrong to do that"
    i dont understand... guess ill have to read up on it.
  4. dntd

    dntd Songster

    Dec 4, 2009
    I feel a person should get a cat first THEN choose to declaw a cat if it is needed. I have 2 cats that haven't caused any issues at all with scratching, we have 5 kids and they have never been scratched by the cats. Declawing is a "last" resort sort of thing if you can't find away to spot the scratching issues.
  5. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Songster

    Sep 7, 2009
    Franklinton, NC
    [​IMG] I'm so sorry for your rotten experience. As a volunteer for a rescue organization I can see both sides, although there is never any reason to be rude to someone who may be a potential adoptive owner.
    Many of these cats come from a hard life and some rescue organizations and rescue people can be ...welll...a bit over-protective. Some get downright militant. They do not want to ever take a chance that the cats they have rescued will ever be abandoned, abused or homeless again. This attitude turns many people off and it is a shame because their hearts are in the right place...just not their heads. We all want what is best for the pet, that is why our rescue group ALWAYS will take back a cat no matter how long it has been adopted out for, no questions asked. We screen carefully but we also want to find loving homes for these kitties.
    THAT SAID, I would suggest that you look up Petfinder and see what is out there in your area. With the economy the way it is many families have had to rehome their pets and you could perhaps find a declawed cat. I'm not sure why you would want a declawed cat, most vets (I'm a vet tech) discourage it as current views on it are bent towards it being cruel. It is the equivalent of cutting your nails off by axing through your first nuckle. It is painful. Cats who escape to the outdoors (all declawed cats must be inside only!!!) are ill-equipted to deal with outside dangers without their claws. Many rescue organizations will not adopt to you if you plan to declaw.
    AND THAT SAID, I would rather have a cat in a good home and declawed then hungry on the street or euthanized in a shelter. If you do declaw and have good reasons for it then please, please make sure your vet sends you home with 10 days worth of pain medicine (meloxicam at the least). Declawing an adult cat is very, very hard on them but it is a bit less so on a kitten. A kitten will heal faster and does not have as much psychological attachment to depending on it's claws.
    I hope you find a kitty to love, respect, protect and provide for him/her for the rest of his/her life. Choose your rescue group carefully and make sure all cats have been tested for feline leukemia. Local shelters always have cats and with kitten season coming up will be filled. You can also try there.
    Good luck.
  6. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Songster

    Sep 7, 2009
    Franklinton, NC
    Quote:100% on the mark! It should be the last resort.
  7. annie3001

    annie3001 My Girls

    Jun 11, 2009
    thank you for your very kind reply "catstar" perhaps they were being very over protected for their cats... she was really rude.. i work in customer service.. and i am not half like she was... i would have given that cat a loving proteced home.. she has no idear how sad my 2 lil kids were, when walking out their empty handed.
    i bought them some fish. anyways i would have loved a cat, especially one that needed a home. kinda sad. i look to my pets.. my dog,, hes loved so much.. my indoor house rabbit (spoiled) and my 5 chickens that always have me around.. and i think ,, ugh ,,,, she has no idear who she turned down. or yet should i have made the comment about declawing? i never have owned a cat,, i thought you were supposed to do that.. they werent that helpful, didnt want to be bothered.
    owell for now. [​IMG]

  8. Chicks R Friends NOT Food

    Chicks R Friends NOT Food Songster

    Feb 15, 2009
    Chariho RI
    If you can't find a declawed cat, maybe buying glue-on nail covers would be better? I know people that have them. The cats hate them at first, but after a while get used to it. They can't scratch up anything, don't have to be declawed, and you just glue another one on each time they shed a nail. Something to think about.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2010
  9. chickerdoodle

    chickerdoodle Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Declawing is a LAST resort. It is a major "hot button" [​IMG] for cat lovers. It is a painful procedure for the cat as part of the bone is removed that the claw is attached to. Many cats are pretty good about not using claws on people but if not other methods can be tried such as frequent nail trimming, lots of well placed scratch posts (to prevent using furniture as one),and nail caps (replace every 4-8weeks depending on cat).

    If a person really wants a cat (they are excellent for folks with stress and health disorders) and has a severe immune disorder or diabetic they may try to get a declawed cat because a simple scratch can be a serious problem as they cannot heal. If for a good reason it MUST be done then it is recommended to do it when the cat is still a young kitten as it speeds the healing, less painful and less chance of an ongoing issue as they age. It is imperative that it is done by a good, reputable veterinarian that uses pain medication the first few days. I worked in a "cats only" practice for twelve years and had seen this done many times as well as how easy it is to use nail caps instead.

    Bottom line, don't do it for anything other than a bona- fide essential reason.
  10. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    Well- besides the fact that it's painful- if by chance the cat gets outside (and they do!) it has no way to defend itself. You might look in your local newspaper and find one that needs a home that is already declawed. We've always had indoor-outdoor cats that were not declawed and I had no problems with them except scratching the sides of the couch. I got this double-sided sticky stuff and that put an end to it. [​IMG]
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