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Q: Do you have both clawed and declawed cats sharing a home?

January 22, 2009 | By Michele Z. | 7 answers | Expired: 2030 days ago

Do you have both clawed and declawed cats sharing a home?

I'm wondering how many people keep both clawed and declawed cats in the same home and whether the cats with claws are harmful to the cats without claws (or vice versa). I'd also like to know of any other problems encountered by one or the other and if anyone thinks it is okay and/or fair to the declawed cats.

[I'm looking for responses from people who have direct experience, not "guesses" if it is okay or problematic. Thanks!]

PS I only adopt/rescue adult declawed cats ("throwaways")! As fewer cats become declawed and available in shelters, I'm kind of interested in knowing if I could--some day in the distant future--adopt a cat with intact claws to be with my five (or fewer) declawed cats.

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Jello1
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Jan 23, 2009

We've never had a problem mixing the two. One of our de-clawed guys is only 1, but he regularly attacks (playfully) everyone else. But claws should not be a factor in playing, anyways

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Paula
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Jan 22, 2009

We have 7 cats and only 1 still have his front claws. It could just be Charlies personality but he is actually more gentle with the other cats than they are with him. They will smack and swing at him from time to time and on the rare occasion he ever swings back it's almost like a gentle love tap!

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Gail
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Jan 22, 2009

I have one cat that is declawed, he is 12 years old and was declawed when he was a young, as he was a feral (now tame) and my 2 year old son was beginning to look like he was living with "Freddie Kruger". I didn't want to get rid of my cat so declawing was really my only opeion and at the time, to be honest there was not the stigma attached to it that there is now. I also have a 5 month old kitten (also a rescue) who is not declawed and I actually just put soft claws on him this weekend, and they are working out great. So far, there has been no damage done to my 12 year old cat, OR my 3 dogs, who also live indoors with my fiesty kitten.

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Angela Y.
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Jan 22, 2009

I have 2 declawed cats and 2 cats with claws living in the same house and they do just fine. The 2 cats with claws seem to wrestle with each other and generally leave the declawed cats alone. I am guessing this is because they are closer in age and want to play with each other. If one of the cats with claws hurts one of the declawed cats they let it be known and the aggressor backs off. I have never had a problem with one of my babies getting hurt.

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Wanda & Veronica ;.
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Jan 22, 2009

I had 7 cats at one time. We also had a neighbor cat Oscar who was declawed come & visit. I don't know how he does it but he is outside more than in. Any way, When we would let him in I just had to keep the other cats at a distant for awhile until they got to know him. Eventually they all got along. When I got down to just Lucky, Oscar was here for days & nights at a time. They would sleep with eachother. Lucky learned that Oscar was not a playing cat & he never bothered him. They always shared the food together too. He still comes around. Good Luck with yours.

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bobbie c.
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Jan 22, 2009

I have a calico cat that is declawed and have had other cats in the home with her as well who i hadnt declawed due to the fact i live in the country and have cats dumped in my trash can alot so i take them in till i can find them homes. None of them where to mean to her she stood her own ground even being declawed. Ive been told countless times that it is cruel and unhumane to declaw cats speically if you plan on letting them outside which i didnt. but i did it when she was young it took her a long time to get her feet back they are not use to walking without them claws and sometimes the claws grow back she had one come back in and i didnt have the heart to put her thru it again.she had what look like a flat bone grow back under her skin it caused a pussie sore it was miserable for her im sure I probaby would never declaw a cat again not because i feel it unhumane but just because my heart cant watch them struggle to get over it. I hope this helps a little. I just adopted another kitten i wont have her declawed but i believe it will work out. i guess the attitude of the cats in question have alot to do with how the would treat each other.

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Pugluvr237
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Jan 22, 2009

All my cat's have claws and nothing happens between them. They're harmless.

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