Declawing a cat is primarily an American procedure for their feline companions. There are many reasons people give as to why they need to declaw their cats, but the primary reason is for their convenience, not the cat’s well-being. Most European countries consider declawing to be “inhumane” or “unnecessary mutilation” and it is therefore illegal or deeply frowned upon.
When making the decision to declaw your cat you should be informed about the procedure. Most cat owners that opt for a declaw procedure are not aware of what exactly the procedure consists of and, therefore, are not making the best informed decision for their cat’s health and well-being.
A declaw procedure is not comparable to a toenail trim or a pedicure; declawing a cat is a serious surgery. We often think of our cat’s claws as being the same—or at least similar to—dog’s toenails, however, the cat’s claw is actually closely adhered to the bone. This means that in order to remove the claw, the last bone of the cat’s toe has to be removed. Declawing should rather be considered an amputation of the last joint of the cat’s toes.
As can be expected, this is not a comfortable surgery for the cat to wake up from. Not only is it a painful surgery, it has a painful recovery period. During this recovery period, cats still have to use their feet to walk around, jump, and especially to scratch at their litter box. Rest assured if a cat has declaw surgery performed, aggressive pain management is utilized while the feet heal.
Cats’ bodies are designed for their natural grace, beauty, and agility and the claws are an important part of that. Not only does amputating the claws alter the way the cat’s feet conform to the ground, but cats are also deprived of their primary means of defense.
There are alternatives to declawing your cat that can prevent the furniture from being torn to shreds by Fluffy. Training a cat to use a scratching post is a good alternative. Frequent nail trims or even getting the “soft claws” vinyl nail caps for cats are both a safe and non-painful scratch-preventative. These can be found at most pet stores.
For any more information or questions about declawing cats call us at 480-837-0800, we will be glad to schedule a visit for you and your cat!
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