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ACTION ALERT: Urge Property Management Groups to End Cruel Declawing Policies! PLEASE TAKE ACTION !


Animals  (tags: declawing, mutilations, cats, cat welfare, property managment, cruelty )

Simone
- 2550 days ago - peta.org
Reportedly, GOLDMARK Property Management, Inc., and Sand Companies, Inc.--property management groups that own multiple apartment complexes in Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska--require tenants to declaw their cats.



   

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Julie P (54)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 12:15 pm
Thank you, Simone.
Declawing is an inhumane practice, as it is well explained in the Peta article.
Unfortunately, the two property management groups targeted by the petition are not the only ones requiring tenants to declaw their cats. The practice is followed in several states. In the past, I often had quite a hard time before finding an apt. for rent where cats were allowed and where I was not required to declaw them. During my apt. search, many property managers as well as private landlords did require declawing (this happened in PA, NC, and VA).

Please, do NOT declaw your cat for any reason.
 

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Saturday May 26, 2012, 12:38 pm
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Roxi M (22)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 1:20 pm
i don't see why cutting their nails once in a while is such a big deal that ppl need to declaw their pets
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 2:10 pm
My letter, copy if you wish.

Urging you to end 'declawing policies' regarding your tenants.
Declawing is cruel, other options are available such as requiring a deposit that covers any damage that may be incurred.
Such deposits can include compensation for 'down time' while repairs are being made.
Rental rates can also be increased to compensate for added expenses.
Am also in real estate management, am familiar with your challenges.
Pet owners are more than willing to pay for the luxury of having their pets and giving them 'quality of life' care.
Please consider, this could be turned into a positive public image tool for your company.
Thanks for taking time to read this letter.

Best Regards,

 

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 26, 2012, 3:37 pm
email sent
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 5:37 am
Noted and Thanx Simone :-0
 

Kay M (347)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:52 am
done
 

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 10:23 am
done thnx simone
 

Karen E. (0)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 1:25 pm
While I don't like the practice of declawing cats I don't think ii is an diabolical as some would led you to believe. I worked in a vet's office for over 13 yrs. - we did LOTS of declawing. It is usually done when the cat is getting spayed or neutered, so only one round of anesthesia. Pain medication is used and when performed on young animals they never miss a beat. They usually wake up about the same way they would from just the neutereing procedure and by the next morning are playing and bouncing around thier cages. While I used to encourage owners to consider NOT doing it there was always a catch 22. If they wait until they are older to see if the individual cat will be a problem scratcher, then it is a noticeably harder procedure to put them through. There are lots of people who just cannot have a cat that isn't declawed. If we ban the procedure than lots of cats will be denied wonderful loving homes. We declaw for a purpose - unlike ear crops which are strictly aesthetic. As long as pain relief and good medical practices are used it is NOT an inhumane procedure. When many of us decided it was healthier for cats to live indoors we denied them access to scratching on trees and things, we have to balance the unpleasantness of declawing with the changes to a cat's natural lifestyle that we impose on them as our cherished pets .
 

. (0)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 1:34 pm
Noted.
 

Shirley H (49)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 1:47 pm
Polite but to the point, email sent.
Shirley H.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 2:35 pm
Great sentiment, but defective sponsor. PETA ahould be kicked out of the USA and out of the act. When the Goldmark and Sands corporate management agree to have all their fingers and toes chopped off, they can consider talking about this sort of scheiß in good faith. Cats should be kept fully intact and allowed an abrasive surface to self-trim their claws on or regularly maincured/pedicured... I'd rather train cats to accept booties than mangle their feet!
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 5:11 pm
sending e mail noted and shared thanks for the article
 

jennifer t (41)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 5:56 pm
Email sent.
Flagged looser 1238 spammer AGAIN!!
 

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 6:33 pm
Just the mental image of declawing the kitten or cat makes me ill! First what is the vet thinking? He knows BETTER! how much damage can the cats do, that a security deposit will not cover. I mean we are talking cats NOT TIGERS! pulling a persons finger nails has always been considered torture, with or without pain medication. Would love to see anyone in this company go thru a finger nail removal with medication and they would still realize the finger nails or cat claws are there for a REASON! what morons some "humans" are.
 

Lori Udenberg (3)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 7:53 pm
I have had cats my entire life and the thought never even crossed my mind to declaw.If you don't like cats clawing your furniture get a dog.I would never put person belongings above the well-being of my cats.Just looking at the shredded scratching posts in my house proves how much my cats enjoy using theirs.
 

Terri Hughes (416)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 8:59 pm
Thanks Simone....declawing is CRUEL, ABUSIVE AND INHUMANE!
 

Marianna Molnar (9)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 9:42 pm
noted
 

Ruth C (87)
Sunday May 27, 2012, 11:46 pm
Whoever declaws a cat should have the same thing done to them!!
 

Danuta W (1251)
Monday May 28, 2012, 1:27 am
noted
 

Jan Garen (86)
Monday May 28, 2012, 1:54 am
High time this was made illegal as it is in most other countries. Flagged that person again.
 

Kelly Rogers (7)
Monday May 28, 2012, 2:19 am
Sent both jerks an e-mail
 

Shan D (49)
Monday May 28, 2012, 3:20 am
Karen E., how can you sleep at night? Obviously, some vets and their staff love money more than the animals! I too had one hell of a time finding an apartment where I could have my cats. Y'know what? I pay $50 extra each month PLUS a pet deposit. It's not easy, but I'm willing to do without luxuries so I can have my cats with me. The irony? They don't claw the rug - never have. There is a carpet in only one room in this unit, and my cats prefer to claw the nearest cardboard box! So as long as I keep a few cardboard boxes around, they're fine. That, and regular clipping, makes declawing totally unnecessary.
 

Carlene V (202)
Monday May 28, 2012, 4:00 am
@ Karen E - You failed to mention that very often cats who have been declawed suffer from arthritis as they age as they are unable to walk naturally. Our rescue cat, Fuzzy, had this problem from some idiot who felt it "necessary" to have his claws removed. Declawing should be outlawed. Vets do it for the money not the protection of the animals that suffer from this needless form of disfigurement.
 

Rock H (254)
Monday May 28, 2012, 5:35 am
Noted and email sent. Thanks Simone!
 

Patricia W (5)
Monday May 28, 2012, 6:13 am
This is absolutely inhumane, Please STOP THIS
 

Nancy Roussy (79)
Monday May 28, 2012, 9:33 am
Noted, thank you!
 

M B (62)
Monday May 28, 2012, 12:22 pm
Declawing is inhumane, it must be stopped.
 

Valerie W (52)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 5:48 pm
Declawing a cat should not be forced on pet owners in order for them to live somewhere. Most rental properties insist on a fairly large security deposit, to pay for, &/or, cover any damage caused by the tenents. Some even require a separate pet deposit, which is fair. I too, worked for a vet for a very long time, &, our first cat who was a stray, never "needed" to be declawed. My husband went to the store & bought her a carpeted scratching cat condo. The cat knew to use it somehow & never went after our furniture. The next two cats attacked our furniture & drapes & screens! Even though they were provided with cat scratching posts & toys, we got them both front declawed. One thing people need to realize is that when a cat is declawed, it's equivilent to having your fingers cut off at the first joint nearest to your fingernail, the entire tip of your finger! Our oldest cat, now 18 years "young", shows signs of discomfort,& arthritic changes in her front legs & paws I will most likely never do this procedure again, no matter what. Train your cat from an early age to let you handle it's paws & trim it's nails, &, PLEASE, never, ever declaw all four paws. It is a death sentence for any cat that gets loose out of your house, no self defense! Declawing should never be forced, it should be the owners choice, only as a last resort..
 

Shan D (49)
Tuesday May 29, 2012, 9:53 pm
The way I approached claw clipping was to take the clippers and trim my own fingernails, in view of the cat. That way, when I went to do the cat's claws, she could see that not only did I have to do it to myself, but that I didn't scream with pain. Mind you, that's no guarantee that the cat won't howl like you're committing mass murder! I talk to the cat, cuddle her, give her little kisses, and tell her what a good girl she is... even before clipping a single claw. And if/when she starts to struggle, I just hold on to her and make "calm down" noises at her and tell her it has to be done. Sometimes I say, "Y'know, in the time it's taken you to swear at me about this, we could have been done!"

Sometimes their claws are sharp enough that they actually appreciate the clipping. And they know that if they jump up for a cuddle and my first reaction is to yell "OUCH!!!", they're not getting any more cuddling until their claws no longer hurt me.

It can take a bit of wrestling the cat into submission at times. But you need to make the cat understand that you're the boss, and you will not take any howling or biting or kicking for an answer, because in the end, their claws WILL be clipped.

After it's over, praise the cat, give a pet and a cuddle, and maybe a treat. And of course, the easiest time to do it is when the cat is asleep; by the time she wakes up, it's mostly over.

That said, it's infinitely easier to clip a cat's claws than to give them medicine, any day.
 

Dianne D (490)
Monday June 4, 2012, 7:15 pm
signed. What saddess would require maming an animal.
 

Dianne D (490)
Monday June 4, 2012, 8:34 pm
Emails sent. I know some going to University of Nebraska, so I spread the word to boycott these 2 companies until they change their policies.
 

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday June 5, 2012, 12:28 pm
emails sent again.
 
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