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Old June 7th 04, 10:10 PM
Wendy
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"David Stevenson" wrote in message
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David Wright wrote
Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught

him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been

decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.


Clipped, certainly. I clip my cats claws regularly.

Removed? well, apart form the distaste that several people on this NG
including me feel for this practice, ie we do not think it ethical,
whether it is legal depends on your country which you did not name. It
is illegal in much of Europe, legal in much of North America.

Something else: people talk about SoftPaws. I know nothing about it
myself.

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In this case the removal of the claws would force the owner to exercise
another option - keep the cat indoors. It would be an extremely cruel thing
to let a declawed cat roam freely.

Claws can be easily clipped either by the owner or by a vet or groomer.
SoftPaws mentioned above are glued onto the trimmed claw and I understand
last 4 - 6 wks and then must be reapplied. They are available online and
some groomers will apply them for you.

The OP might want to consider building an enclosure in their yard where the
cat can be outside but not able to roam the neighborhood.

I also am wondering if the cat is neutered.

W


  #12  
Old June 8th 04, 12:52 AM
Sunflower
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"David Wright" wrote in message
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Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.

Thanks,
D.


There are two sure fire solutions! 1. Keep the cat indoors where he'll be
safer anyway. Indoor cats live longer and healthier lives and don't get into
michief that lead to them being harmed by upset neighbors. 2. Have your
neighbor garage their vehicle. They can't care all that much about a car's
appearance if they leave it outdoors for anything to happen to it.



  #13  
Old June 8th 04, 12:52 AM
Sunflower
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"David Wright" wrote in message
...
Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.

Thanks,
D.


There are two sure fire solutions! 1. Keep the cat indoors where he'll be
safer anyway. Indoor cats live longer and healthier lives and don't get into
michief that lead to them being harmed by upset neighbors. 2. Have your
neighbor garage their vehicle. They can't care all that much about a car's
appearance if they leave it outdoors for anything to happen to it.



  #14  
Old June 8th 04, 05:04 AM
M.C. Mullen
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| I believe these are like glue-on caps, not sure if they're available
| outside the US, I've certainly never seen them. I personally wouldn't
| recommend you clip any cat's claws who goes outside - their claws are
| their primary defence against attack from other cats/predators. Why
| don't you just discourage the cat from scratching the car? Squirt it
| with water when you catch it scratching, smear the bonnet with
| something greasy, if it's doing it at night, keep the cat in. There
| are umpteen humane alternatives.


In this case I'd recommend a hose!
Offer the neighbour a blanket. Invite them all for dinner.

Carola


  #15  
Old June 8th 04, 05:04 AM
M.C. Mullen
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|
| I believe these are like glue-on caps, not sure if they're available
| outside the US, I've certainly never seen them. I personally wouldn't
| recommend you clip any cat's claws who goes outside - their claws are
| their primary defence against attack from other cats/predators. Why
| don't you just discourage the cat from scratching the car? Squirt it
| with water when you catch it scratching, smear the bonnet with
| something greasy, if it's doing it at night, keep the cat in. There
| are umpteen humane alternatives.


In this case I'd recommend a hose!
Offer the neighbour a blanket. Invite them all for dinner.

Carola


  #16  
Old June 8th 04, 09:19 AM
Agua Girl
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"Kristine Kochanski" wrote in message
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On Mon, 7 Jun 2004 19:23:00 +0000 (UTC), David Stevenson
wrote:

David Wright wrote
Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught

him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been

decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.


Clipped, certainly. I clip my cats claws regularly.

Removed? well, apart form the distaste that several people on this NG
including me feel for this practice, ie we do not think it ethical,
whether it is legal depends on your country which you did not name. It
is illegal in much of Europe, legal in much of North America.

Something else: people talk about SoftPaws. I know nothing about it
myself.


I believe these are like glue-on caps, not sure if they're available
outside the US, I've certainly never seen them. I personally wouldn't
recommend you clip any cat's claws who goes outside - their claws are
their primary defence against attack from other cats/predators.


Trimming their claws does not prevent them from using them for self
defense. Declawing them does...and by the way. Let's call it what it
really is. Removing a cats claws sounds like no big deal but the truth
is it's amputating their "finger tips"..not removing a claw.


Why
don't you just discourage the cat from scratching the car? Squirt it
with water when you catch it scratching, smear the bonnet with
something greasy, if it's doing it at night, keep the cat in. There
are umpteen humane alternatives.


I love cats and I wouldn't grease down my car to protect it from
a neighbors cat. Keep the cat away from the car. Build an outdoor
enclosure, buy your neighbor a car cover, get them keep away
spray to put around their yards perimeter, squirting was a good idea,
and it may help to make sure your Tom is fixed. Ok..maybe it won't
help but it's still important if you are letting your cat roam.

AG


  #17  
Old June 8th 04, 09:19 AM
Agua Girl
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"Kristine Kochanski" wrote in message
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On Mon, 7 Jun 2004 19:23:00 +0000 (UTC), David Stevenson
wrote:

David Wright wrote
Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught

him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been

decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.


Clipped, certainly. I clip my cats claws regularly.

Removed? well, apart form the distaste that several people on this NG
including me feel for this practice, ie we do not think it ethical,
whether it is legal depends on your country which you did not name. It
is illegal in much of Europe, legal in much of North America.

Something else: people talk about SoftPaws. I know nothing about it
myself.


I believe these are like glue-on caps, not sure if they're available
outside the US, I've certainly never seen them. I personally wouldn't
recommend you clip any cat's claws who goes outside - their claws are
their primary defence against attack from other cats/predators.


Trimming their claws does not prevent them from using them for self
defense. Declawing them does...and by the way. Let's call it what it
really is. Removing a cats claws sounds like no big deal but the truth
is it's amputating their "finger tips"..not removing a claw.


Why
don't you just discourage the cat from scratching the car? Squirt it
with water when you catch it scratching, smear the bonnet with
something greasy, if it's doing it at night, keep the cat in. There
are umpteen humane alternatives.


I love cats and I wouldn't grease down my car to protect it from
a neighbors cat. Keep the cat away from the car. Build an outdoor
enclosure, buy your neighbor a car cover, get them keep away
spray to put around their yards perimeter, squirting was a good idea,
and it may help to make sure your Tom is fixed. Ok..maybe it won't
help but it's still important if you are letting your cat roam.

AG


  #18  
Old June 8th 04, 09:38 AM
Kristine Kochanski
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On Mon, 07 Jun 2004 23:52:11 GMT, "Sunflower"
wrote:


"David Wright" wrote in message
...
Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.

Thanks,
D.


There are two sure fire solutions! 1. Keep the cat indoors where he'll be
safer anyway. Indoor cats live longer and healthier lives and don't get into
michief that lead to them being harmed by upset neighbors. 2. Have your
neighbor garage their vehicle. They can't care all that much about a car's
appearance if they leave it outdoors for anything to happen to it.


Making all the neighbours build a garage (where exactly?!) probably
isn't a very viable solution ;o)

  #19  
Old June 8th 04, 09:38 AM
Kristine Kochanski
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On Mon, 07 Jun 2004 23:52:11 GMT, "Sunflower"
wrote:


"David Wright" wrote in message
...
Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.

Thanks,
D.


There are two sure fire solutions! 1. Keep the cat indoors where he'll be
safer anyway. Indoor cats live longer and healthier lives and don't get into
michief that lead to them being harmed by upset neighbors. 2. Have your
neighbor garage their vehicle. They can't care all that much about a car's
appearance if they leave it outdoors for anything to happen to it.


Making all the neighbours build a garage (where exactly?!) probably
isn't a very viable solution ;o)

  #20  
Old June 8th 04, 09:52 AM
jb
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"David Wright" wrote in message
...
Hello,

My cat is continually scratching my neighbours cars - they have caught him
scratching up and down the wings, and on the bonnet. They have been decent
enough about it, but patience only lasts for so long!

My question is, is it legal or ethical or possible to get a cat's claws
clipped/removed/something else to avoid my cat doing this? He is a

domestic
tom, aged 2 years.

Thanks,
D.



Here's a good explination of the proceedure and why so many people dont
declaw there cats. Your basicly removing the last digit to remove each claw.
http://www.talktothevet.com/ARTICLES...tdeclawing.HTM



 




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