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Unread 09-08-2008   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, I could find any information about this particular issue online, so I thought I'd ask everyone here.

My wife and I just got an adorable tabby kitten from a classmate of hers. My wife is slightly allergic to cats, something that she's known about and has dealt with before.

However, one of the issues we've been having is this: every time she gets scratched, for example, if the little guy climbs up her leg (like he enjoys doing) then the scratch will swell up a little and be a little painful.

She brought up the idea of having him declawed, but I'm not a big fan of the idea. I don't think she really likes the idea either, but can't think of anything else to do.

So my question is: what can we do? I've heard about these treatments or shots that a person can take to deal with their allergies. I was also reading about little claw-covers to put over his claws, rather than making him go through surgury. Also, I was wondering, will he scratch less when he gets older? Right now, he's not deliberately scratching, he's just doing it when trying to climb, which is something he probably won't do when he's bigger.

What are your thoughts? Any advice would be appreciated.
 
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I wouldn't get him declawed.Theres a thread called "what do you think about declawing" have a read of that.Has he got a scratch post?xxxxx
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He does, and he has a couple of toys that he plays with. He's not scratching really right now, but he's a climber, he likes to climb up our legs when we're sitting down, and that's when she's getting scratched a lot.
 
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My kittens are nearly 4 mths old and they like to climb legs too.Maybe you should look into having something for the allergy.Good luck.xxxxx
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Yes, all will be Okay, don't worry but please DO NOT DECLAW, it is barbaric!
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Alegra and claritin are common medicines for those who are allergic to cats.
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Thats good to know,thanks.My son takes Claritin for hay fever.xxxxx
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Yeah, try soft claws! I always knew that declawing was mean, but I'd never seen a cat fresh from the surgery until I started working in the Petco grooming salon. This man brought his cat straight from the vet. The cats paws were all bloody and he looked miserable. I wanted to cry and I was sick to my stomach for the rest of the day. But soft claws are humane and easy! Well, sorta easy. Depends on how calm your cat is.
 
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