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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-25-2013, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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? Adopting a declawed cat.

Been looking at adopting another cat. I been to the shelter twice now and have neared it down between 2 cat, possible a third. Just paid attention to the third one today. Need to give it a chance.

The one that I am leaning towards has been declaw. Will that be a problem living with 2 small dogs and a another cat? Both dogs are cat friendly and want to play with my present cat. What about the resident cat?

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In my experience, no, it wouldn't be a problem.

My cats tend not to use their claws in play anyway.


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I agree it shouldn't be a problem. Do you know if your resident cat is comfortable with other cats? I would discuss this with the shelter workers. I'm not so much worried about the new cat, but your resident cat. With no way to defend herself, if resident cat is aggressive or overly outspoken towards the newbie, it could cause behavioral problems - but problems could develop with ANY cat, declawed or not.

Whenever I adopt I make it crystal clear to the shelter that I will not tolerate a cat that is cat aggressive. I know mine are not, so for me the wild card is the new cat.
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I don't think it will be an issue at all. I didn't know any better and got two of my cats declawed when they were kittens because the third cat came to me declawed from a shelter.

Although I do not want to deter you from giving a cat a home, I should point out that I have heard that they are finding a link between declawed cats and litter box issues later in life. Although my first cat never had issues, my remaining two do. Can't say if it's due to being declawed or not, but I thought I would mention it. You may want to consider it before adopting this cat.

Good luck. And be sure to post pics of your new addition.
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A new cat is a new cat. You have all the potential issues that you would have any time you bring home a new kitty. I don't think they would be swayed one way or the other by the declawing though. Besides what Sarah_anne said, declawed cats also tend to bite when they feel threatened (as they don't have claws to use instead).

Good luck with whatever choice you make and thank you for adopting a shelter kitty!


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I have heard that about the biting, too, although my three never had any issues. One does like to give "love nibbles" on the chin, and if you grab hold of one of her paws, she's likely to bite...but other than that, no issues.
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Our declawed girl was definitely a biter.


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My youngest daughter has a declawed ginger boy who is the calmest, sweetest cat I know. I think he's 8 years old. He's never bitten or had litterbox issues and is so great with my grandchildren. Not defending declawing at all, but just sayin' it's not always problems galore if I felt the kitty was the right fit for my home, I wouldn't let it deter me.


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Not sure if its a declawed cat With litter box issues...or a shelter cat with litter box issues. Both of mine are from 2 seperate rescue groups. Gizmo has no litter box issues. Marshall came to me with issues..but have fixed it. His only problem now is he won't cover. Sometimes gizmo will cover his. But the way I see it...it makes it real easy when I need to monitor their litter box usage or give samples. I know who's is who's
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