Re: Should I adopt a de-clawed cat or a cat with claws?
The weight issue is relatively easily solved by a proper diet of high quality canned food in an appropriate quantity (we would need to know how much the cat weighs and how much she/he needs to lose to suggest portion sizes).
Declawed cats have several possible issues....biting (which it doesn't sound like a problem from your description of her personality), litterbox problems...the litter may cause their feet discomfort..this often becomes a problem later in life as they can develop arthritis is their feet. Tailless cats may also develop issues eliminating, the mutation can include nerve damage that worsens over time. So those are all things you have to consider. You will have to be very careful that this kitty doesn't get out as having no claws will leave him very vulnerable.
On the other hand, you would have to neuter the clawed cat, so that would be an immediate cash outlay.
You post sounds like you would really like the declawed/tailless cat, but are worried about the potential issues. So I'll say this...go with your heart, take the kitty that tugs at you. If it's the declawed cat, since it sounds like money may be an ongoing concern for you, start a kitty savings account. This way you always have cash on hand for any problems that may crop up.
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