I just found this very objective article on declawing, written by a veterinarian who is certainly qualified to know all about it, and I feel compelled to share it because it's such a non-hysterical ;-) calm authoritative summary of the subject. My hope is that reference to this article may be helpful in declawing-related debates... to convince Aunt Martha that mutilation for human convenience isn't worth the trauma to her cat and that there are better ways to keep Fluffy from destroying the couch.
(Names chosen at random - no offense intended to any real Aunt Marthas.)
If this sort of post isn't allowed here, please delete, with my apologies.
Full article here: http://jfm.sagepub.com/content/15/9/785.f
So i have a 3 year old lady kitty, Callisto (Keesto) and my roommate has a 3 year old boy named Ash. They are both fixed, indoor/outdoor kitties. They're both lovers.
The problem is Keesto HATES Ash, and growls when he's around and will randomly attack him. Ash will do a similar thing, he'll pick on her till she lashes out, he just wants to play but he'll push he till she's angry.
I've tried making sure she knows i'm her human and she does feel safe. I stay calm whenever they fight-we usually resolve it by isolating one of them in a bedroom.
Ash knows how to live with other animals, Keesto prefers humans.
Getting rid of one of them is not an option, but i would like them to get along!
Tips? Tips that don't involve spending money? Thank you oh wise livejournal!