No Maine Coon for me
Since declawing a Maine Coon is so strongly discouraged, I guess I won't get one.
I've gone too long with crummy furniture as it is.Reply:
I know this isn't exactly a question, and I can feel your frustration. It sounds like you are really interested in a Maine Coon, and have done some research.
I would wonder, though, have you done an equal amount of research about cat declawing?
There is a reason it is so strongly discouraged.
In our modern society, times change. Awareness increases. Not long ago, many people didn't "buy into" global warming as a concept. They were stuck in their ways.
From animal rights, to childrens rights, to protecting the environment, society evolves as we become more aware and compassionate as a whole.
During this time of change, there are those who slide right into the new way of thinking (understanding!) and those who stay right in the past. When it comes to declawing cats, the 'old way' is to assume all cats scratch furniture, and that altering a cat in this way is the thing to do to make him or her more compatible with their home furnishings.
Here are a few thoughts about declawing Maine Coons, though:
First, it is strongly discouraged because
these kittens have a loving, educated (in this subject) advocate, their breeder.
The 'procedure' is understood to be just as, well for lack of a better word, inhumane when done to any cat as when done to a Maine Coon Cat. All purebred cat breeders know this and do not allow it. Unfortunately not all regular domestic housecats get to have such an advocate.
That's why countries, counties, and states are getting involved. It is becoming not just frowned upon but also against the law in many lands, as law-makers are presented with facts and professional opinions.
Here is the other thought:
Maine Coon Cats really are as smart as everyone says they are. I have never, in almost seven years, seen one of my cats reach up to scratch the furniture.
They were easy to train as kittens, they know what is allowed and what's not, and they are pure pleasure to have around. One word you'll never hear describing a Maine Coon Cat is "naughty." Cheeky, maybe, but not naughty.
Those who have already had a cat declawed may or may not see adverse effects on their pet. Those that do include biting problems, aggression, not using the
litter box, sullen and depressed behavior and more.
Then, as they age, owners can look for joint problems later in life. This is because a cats body is designed to walk on its toes. When those are amputated, they actually take on a different posture.
Even cats who are fine now will become affected by this improper posture later. And big Maine Coon cats, especially if they develop Hip Dysplasia, and their big size, might be in for a world of hurt.
There are many camps on this subject. Some say do what's best for your home and it's a personal decision. (That's why there are people like breeders and others who become advocates for these animals)
Others say never do it, no matter what. Then there are cats who have genuine aggression issues. They are a danger to those around them and will surely be put down in a shelter. In that case, declawing the cat gives them a second chance and a home and a life.
I'll finish with a story. A couple of summers ago, I was at a family get-together, having a conversation about pets. My husbands cousin was telling me about the love of her life. A wonderful cat, a sweet loving affectionate boy. He was a gem, one of those special pets you always hold close to your heart.
She had his front claws removed in order to keep the furniture intact.
A while later, he slipped out the door as all cats do from time to time. That was the last she ever saw him, she told me with tears in her eyes. The images in her mind of his fate were to much to bear. They lived in the country with woods around. He could not defend himself, or even climb a tree.
She shared with me that to this day she can never forgive herself. Now, I'm not one for 'shock-value' but there are sites where you can see the actual nitty-gritty.
I hope you find room in your home and your heart for a cat. And, I'm sorry that you've lived with crummy furniture for so long. But I'm sure a Maine Coon wouldn't destroy your home.
All The Best,
P.S. It's easy to trim cat and kitten claws. Most breeders will help you learn how, too. We've owned nail clippers
for years, and I still use them regularly. There is a description of how to use them here: Cat Claw Control