My cat has only its back claws, but still loves to go outside. Is this okay?

Hmm. Before I learned about the pros and cons of declawing, I had my cat declawed. My goal was that he would be -- from that day forward -- 100% indoors. One day, as my husband slammed the French door shut to keep Tyler buddy inside, Tyler shot through the door but 1” of his tail didn’t make it. Fortunately, it was just bruised but we were done fighting him. Tyler is now a happy indoor/outdoor cat. He climbs trees, hunts, brings home presents all the time (some are still alive ).

So, originally, I wouldn’t have thought so, but it works for Tyler Buddy. Had I done it all over, I’d have started him on a catawhack unit and wouldn’t have the concern. Now, if your feline friend has already had all four feet declawed, NO WAY! In that case, they really can’t go outside and that’s pretty darn harsh!

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Comment by Patty on June 8, 2012 at 3:10am

 None of my cats go outside, they have back claws. I even have a feral ...took her in after she lost an eye..and took out her front claws..now she's the one would would NEVER EVER go outside again, I could leave the door open 24/7 and nope! She nows what's out there and wants none of it!

 I do have an 'outside' neighbors cat who comes to visit and eat at the smorgasboard and say hi to Louie..and she has all her claws. She also brings me lots of 'gifts' like little mice and chipmunks, mostly deceased...but I have to remember they are rodents and she's doing her job.

 It's just a circus over here!

Thanks Dr Cathy!

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