How to Find a Declawed Cat to Adopt

Many declawed cats have behavioral issues as a result of claw removal.
Many declawed cats have behavioral issues as a result of claw removal. (Image: Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Finding a declawed cat to adopt shouldn’t be too hard, as a large percentage of cats surrendered to animal shelters and rescue organizations have been declawed. Unfortunately, behavioral problems as a result of declawing are often the reason the cat has landed in rescue. Declawed cats are prone to litter box avoidance and biting problems, according the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Avoid potential problems by taking care when choosing a declawed cat.

Visit your local animal shelters. Many cats are relinquished to animal shelters and may face euthanasia if not adopted. Declawed cats of all shapes, sizes and personalities can be found at the pound. Many animal shelters post pictures and details about cats available for adoption on their websites.

Check with local pet stores. Many of the large chain pet suppliers have adoption programs specializing in cats. Pay a visit to your local Petco, Pet Smart or other chain and see if they have any declawed cats needing a loving home.

Research animal rescue organizations. The Humane Society and the ASPCA are probably the two most recognizable animal rescue groups, but there are also thousands of volunteer rescue organizations throughout the country that have cats available for adoption. Phone or check the organizations' websites to see if they are sheltering declawed cats.

Contact breeder groups and pure breed rescue organizations. If you have a specific breed of cat in mind, many breeder groups have rescue organizations that specialize in that specific breed of cat. If they don’t currently have a cat available, many will take your information and contact you when a rescue is available.

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