We found Coco, a feral cat with a badly injured leg, and brought him to the animal hospital [“New York should outlaw declawing,” Just Sayin’, May 21]. After four days, we received a call to pick him up.

He required antibiotics twice daily, and the drains in his leg had to be cleaned a number of times a day. Never having had a cat, we didn’t realize how destructive one could be to our drapes.

The veterinarian suggested a number of things to deter clawing of furnishings, to no avail. We discussed the pros and cons of declawing and decided to go ahead with it. Today Coco is happy and well-adjusted, and so are we.

Declawing should be left to the pet owner and the veterinarian.

Shari Leeger-Dobbs, Bay Shore


I’m no expert, but I take exception to the statement that “declawed cats often experience intermittent or chronic pain, infection and limping.” I’ve owned at least eight cats over 30-plus years, all have been declawed. All experienced no noticeable side effects. They have all lived pain-free, with no foot-related infections or limping. All of my previous cats died of old age, and my current one gets a clean bill of health from his vet.

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I also disagree that I must choose between my furniture and my cats. I have some nice stuff that I inherited or bought. If forced to choose between my grandmother’s sofa, my antique armchair, my leather recliner, and my formal drapes, and owning a cat with claws, I would be hard-pressed, but would probably have to give up the cat.

Virginia C. Wilch, East Setauket