|Purred: Tue Sep 30, '08 9:24pm PST |
|Meowma adopted me, BooBoo, a kitty for her fella's niece, and as of last week one more for the 'boyfriend' himself, and we were all adults that were already declawed--she found us on Petfinder. None of us have any personality problems, but Meowma saw clawed and de-clawed cats at the shelter with apparent bad attitudes, so obviously she passed on those no matter what they looked like. I look and act like a purebred Snowshoe,and could be one, New Kitty is a gorgeous Silver Tabby that may be a purebred as well; you can find kitties that at least appear to be purebred in many shelters. We do agree that you should not declaw a grown cat--wait until you find a declawed adult on Petfinder that seems to0 fall in love with you when you visit. Don't asume that the kitty will act 'better' at home, either. Wait until you find one that seems really friendly even in the shelter, as it will be an easier kitty for a beginner owner.
As to the litter box, fixed cats don't have the stinky pee odor you are thinking of, and the new clumping litters, even the unscented kind that cats prefer, will keep your house from smelling bad. Just make sure to scoop it daily; it will need total replacement of all litter in the box only every couple of weeks. If you have had/have dogs in the house, you know avoiding shedding hair is impossible, but the shorter the hair the less of it you will see. If you are absolutely determined to get a Ragdoll, be prepared to brush it well every day, and take a brush to the helter with you to make sure the kitty will put up with being brushed--a long haired cat that hates brushing can be a problem. And remember that Snowshoes (Like me!) are very much like a short haired version of the Ragdoll; I just didn't get the white markings on my face, but do have the white feet.
I don't know where you live, but in Georgia, Petfinder shows many, many purebred cats, plenty of them are declawed. If you live near any major city at all I'm sure it's the same. Just be sure to specify "breed" on petfinder.
Again, the most important thing is to take your time, and visit many kitties. If you don't see one you want, wait-- there are new cats on Petfinder every week.
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