In Britain we don't declaw cats.... all cats are inside cats and go out when they want to cats. So when we moved we brought the cat, Angel, and our two dogs with us. So Angel would never have settled to be an inside cat, which is why he goes out whenever he wants to and "plays" with the wild life!!
However, I will share a story that I think is funny. We have brought numerous puppies both large and small home since we got Angel the cat. In July of 2011 we moved into this house, an old farmhouse built in 1852. We had hardly been here more than a few days when Tom got up from the family room to get something from the kitchen. There was Angel in the kitchen sitting quietly, watching a mouse scurry across the floor. Tom was totally disgusted by the lack of mouse-catching Angel was doing ... until I pointed out to him that Angel probably thought it was yet ANOTHER small dog we had brought home!!
He did have a look on his face as if to say "Oh gawwwwwddd ... they've brought A.N.O.T.H.E.R. one home"
Last edited by kazzy220; 05-23-2013 at 09:04 PM.
Karen, go take another look at the slumbering post.
Three Hooligans and 1 Angel - Wilson, Sally, Emma & Jack
Lol. That's too funny. We didn't want to declaw Meeko at first, but we have leather dining room chairs, and my living room furniture is leather as well. She started to scratch the dining chairs, and we used a water bottle everytime she did it, and she got the idea and stopped. She got two of my chairs pretty good with a gouge in one of them, but that goes with the territory of having a new kitten, or puppy, or any other baby pet. They go through that stage of scratching its in their nature, or in the case of dogs they chew and bite things in the beginning. We had the cat for a year before the dogs came, and when we brought them home, she started clawing the furniture again, so when we had her spayed we decided to declaw her at the same time. She actually became a lot more calmer, after her surgeries as she was a little wild before because she was a barn cat. Now she is very sucky and affectionate. She never goes outside because we live near a couple of busy roads, and she could get hit by a car, and we also have a nature trail with a river right behind our house and I'd be afraid of her getting into a fight with the wildlife in the woods. We have a lot of raccoons, possums, skunks, foxes, and rabbits, around our house , as well as many birds, ducks, geese, and a few deer. So she is safer inside.
LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.