"abby8226" > wrote in message
> Seen so many at the Humane Soceity. Poor souls. Do I get a declawed,
> stray, owner surrender. My Abby was a surrender with backs declawed and
> will a full clawed cat affest anything other than the obvious?. I am
> scared because I don't want to bring home a sick cat and lose both of them
> with vet fees that ere outrageous.
Don't most U.S. Humane Society kitties come with at least a two week period
where veterinary expenses are covered?
My most recent adoptee became quite ill with a terrible respiratory
infection w/complications after he came home requiring over a week of
hospitalization and extended care and meds even after that. His vet bills
of over $1200 were completely covered by the Humane Society.
At any rate I would always advise keeping any new cat separate from any
others for a period of at least a week, and two is much better. That is what
we did and neither of my other two became ill. To be fair they were both
from the same shelter (two months previously) and had already gone through a
similar but much less serious URI themselves, so I am guesing it was the
same strain of virus. Why Loomis got so much sicker is anyones guess, but he
was the only one of the three that stopped eating and that caused the bulk
of his problems IMO.
FWIW, all of mine have all their claws and trained themselves to use the
several sisal posts I have throughout the house. I have never even seen them
scratch anything inappropriate.
I say visit the Humane Society, investigate their health plan/guarantee, and
go with whichever cat exhibits the personality you most prefer.