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    Any trouble mixing declawed cats with cats with claws?

    My two foster kitty girls are both declawed. (Here's their story: http://petoftheday.com/talk/showthre...ng-two-kitties!)

    A lovely family, a couple who are cat-sitting clients of mine and are excellent pet parents, said they will adopt them. They recently lost one of their beloved boy kitties and they said they thought they were about ready to look for a new friend for him. I said, how about TWO new friends?

    They considered that, ran the idea by their two daughters who are in college out of state, and came over to meet the girls on Monday. They liked them and said they'd talk about it and decide.

    Since the first kitty is originally from California and that's how I wound up fostering them, the idea was to find them transport back there if an adopter didn't turn up here. Yesterday my CA contact called and said they have one escort and I'd be the other, but the first one has booked the flight for April 3, and that's when I'd need to come with the other cat if they aren't going to be adopted.

    I called the potential adopters and told them about the sudden time crunch. They have some hesitation over the girls being declawed because their boy has his claws.

    I've had declawed cats here (my recent RB Lavinia, for one) with no problems with my cats with claws, and I know of many other "mixed" populations.

    Do any of you have any insights or comments on this, mixing of cats with and without claws? I'm just looking for the best information I can get.

    Claudia (the wife) called me late last night, first mentioning that concern and saying they'd like to talke with their vet and see what she says and then decide.

    Then she called back and said they'd take the cats, but it will be about 2 1/2 weeks before they can take them.

    So I'm just trying to find out whatever I can that might be helpful for them. I do not want this to fall through, but on the other hand if the girls are in any danger then they probably shouldn't go to that home.

    Thank you,
    Pat and Kitty and Kellie (the fosters)
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    Two of my cats are declawed, one is not. I've not had any problems, not yet anyway.

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    We had a declawed cat in the general population of our shelter and he did just fine. I think use the standard introduction techniques. I find when cats "box" they keep their claws closed anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey the elder View Post
    We had a declawed cat in the general population of our shelter and he did just fine. I think use the standard introduction techniques. I find when cats "box" they keep their claws closed anyway.
    Cassie is front paw declawed. She was in the general population at the shelter before I adopted her, and she did fine there. When I adopted her, I did agree to notify the shelter if I ever found a need to have her back paws declawed. That has not happened. I used to find bits of her claws in the rug after she would run kitty sprints. She doesn't sprint much anymore so I try to give her a "kitty pedicure" when they're looking long.
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    I inherited my Grandma's cat, Tommy. He is declawed. I brought one of my cats from my house here to my new house with Tommy. She has her claws. No issues at all.

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    That's what my experience has been, too. But I want to have the best possible report to tell them.

    Thanks, folks!

    Pat
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    My RB Pepper was declawed on his front paws and he did fine with both my RB Storm and RB Sunny. I think that if the cats were going to be indoor/outdoor cats that then there could be a problem. Being indoor only cats there shouldn't be a problem. Good luck.
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    Well Joseph Angel , Mr Scappy Angel were declawed and most of My Other Found Hotel Cats were clawed but I never noticed that the clawless were picked on at all.
    Now all of My Cats have claws and there is fighting , but no real scratching just swinging.
    That is why I have to keep an eye on Joey he is feral and his scratches are for real not show.
    Terrance has calmed down and does not fight anymore.
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    I have had both declawed and Clyde cat in the mix and I've never had an issue either. I think the key is gradually introducing them properly.

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